Do you think that you are always super thorough with your chores? Even when it comes to cleaning your house, do you like to think that you do a good job at getting everywhere? Well, you might need to think about that again, because research shows that most of us forget some of the same areas in our homes. At least now you will know what you need to remember next time you clean.
Not many of us regularly wipe down all the door handles in our home, but it is really important that you start doing so if you don’t already. That’s because door handles can very quickly become breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Everyone in your family touches the handles and could be spreading germs very quickly this way. This is especially the case if someone doesn’t always wash their hands after preparing food or cleaning elsewhere in the house. So, next time you are cleaning your house, make sure you give all your door handles and door knobs a quick wipe down. It’s also worth wiping them with a disinfecting wipe (homemade are easy and smart for so many reasons) whenever there is sickness in your home so that any germs are swiftly dealt with.
Your dishwasher keeps all your pots and plates as clean as possible, but do you know what is keeping your dishwasher clean? After all, someone needs to clean the cleaner, and that someone is you! If you don’t clean this appliance, you will find that a lot of limescale and gunk can quickly build up and it won’t function quite as well as it should. Thankfully, it isn’t too difficult to clean it. All you need to do is place a bowl full of two cups of white vinegar in it without any other pots or pans. Then simply turn it on so it does a regular cycle. Once it has finished, you can take the now empty jug out and you should notice that the inside of the dishwasher looks super clean! Adding a drop or two of your favorite citrus essential oil to the vinegar in the bowl adds a fresh scent, too.
The Washing Machine
The washing machine is just like the dishwasher. If you leave it for too long uncleaned, it will start to amass a lot of gunk and grime and, if you have hard water like we do, mineral deposits. Ultimately, this will mean that it won’t clean your clothes quite as well as it should. It’s easy to clean, just like your dishwasher, and you just need to add a cup of vinegar to the drawer where you would normally put your laundry powder, or in top loading machines, the fabric softener cup. Set it to spin as normal, and it will be all clean once finished.
Cleaning the drains in your kitchen and bathroom is a very important job as it will prevent them from clogging up. However, it’s one of those jobs that not many people know they should do on a regular basis. About once a month, you should pour some baking soda down the drain. Follow this with a couple of glugs of white vinegar. It should fizz up into the bowl of the sink slightly, and will have cleared out all the drain in the process. If your drains are particularly dirty or already clogged up, find a professional to learn more about having this hard work done for you. They’ll leave your drains in top condition and you won’t have to worry about any blockages in the near future!
TV Remote Control
One other place that is a common breeding ground for all kinds of germs and bacteria is the TV remote. You might think that your remote looks quite clean, but there will be some small bacteria on there that you can’t see. This is just like the door handles in your home – lots of people will be holding and touching it and spreading germs onto it. So, it’s worth giving it a careful wipe down once a week. Just like your door knobs, you might want to give it a once-over with an anti-bacterial wipe once a month as well. This and the fact that our remotes often go missing have me second guessing my reluctance to get a digital assistant for our home.
Mop And Broom
Have you ever cleaned your mop and broom? These are two items that hardly anyone ever thinks to clean, but they can also get very dirty. After all, they are sweeping up all the dirt from your floor! After a while, a dirty mop and broom becomes useless as they just make your floor even dirtier! The best way to clean these is to soak the heads in some warm soapy water. If your mop has a detachable head, you might be able to throw it in the washing machine. Don’t use any harsh chemicals, such as bleach, as these could wear down the bristles on your broom or weaken the mop fibers.
If you spend most of your day working on a computer, some of the bacteria on your hands could easily pass to your keyboard. Not only that, though, but if you ever eat while on your laptop, some small crumbs and food particles could end up between the keys. You’ll be able to dust away the big ones, but you might have to use a cloth to wipe away some of the smaller ones and prevent germs from thriving on the keys. I use a laptop keyboard cover that adds another layer of protection, but this needs cleaned, too.
It might seem pointless to clean a trash can, but it will actually prevent germs and mold from developing. Every time you take the trash out, it’s worth filling the can with some warm soapy water and leaving it for twenty minutes. Then give it a good wash out so that all the horrible ick is washed away. If you leave your can for too long, then there’s a chance of things growing in it. *shudder* Trust me, you don’t want that to happen!
Hopefully, you don’t forget to wash any of these problem areas ever again. Thankfully, it won’t add too much time to your chores! Don’t keep all these areas for yourself. Delegating chores to your children is good for everyone – and leaves more time for fun activities.