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We all know that dreadful feeling of having to clean up our homes, especially areas that are hard to reach. If you think that the bathrooms and trash areas are the only spots in your home that require special cleaning attention, then you are 101% wrong! Here are 10 other spots that you should pay special attention to!
1. Pet toys
Most pet owners would probably be guilty of not washing their pet toys on a regular basis. Those adorable squishy things that your pet chew on are probably one of the best breeding spots for bacteria, yeast and mould.
This can be very bad for your pet’s health in the long run. Just like your pets, these toys also requires some squeaky clean time. So be sure to toss those toys into your washing machine once a week to keep those yucky bacteria far from your pets!
These would probably be the biggest irony as the product that you use to is actually the most germ-infested item in your home. Bacteria like coliform bacteria can multiply easily as your sponge is an excellent moisture absorber. We recommend heating your sponge in the microwave daily to eliminate all the bacteria in it!
3. Toothbrush holder
Did you know that your toothbrush holder is actually the third dirtiest item in your home? Flushing the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, which floats around in the bathroom for at least two hours before landing on any surfaces.
Can you imagine the amount of bacteria accumulated on your toothbrush holder if your whole family uses the bathroom regularly? Jokes aside, we recommend getting a plastic or stainless steel toothbrush holder or cleaning them at least once a week!
4. Sinks and faucets
From drinking water straight from the faucets, to brushing your teeth and washing your dishes. The sinks and faucets are probably the spots that you have to interact with on a daily basis. Your faucets might look sparkling clean on the outside, but there could actually be tons of black grime on the inside. No one will enjoy the thought of drinking water from a faucet full of grime. Hence, we recommend removing and soaking the end of your faucet in vinegar or brushing it clean with a brush every 1-2 months!
5. Under your carpet
You might be doing a good job vacuuming your carpet every week. But have you forgotten about lifting it up and taking a good look of what’s actually under it? We know how heavy and troublesome it can get to lift those carpets up, but trust me that it will be worth every sweat and effort! Treat it as a good workout session for your arms and it will be less painful!
6. Stove knobs
If you cook on a regular basis, then you should know how often you touch those dials without washing your hands after touching or cooking certain food. We know how tough it can be to get rid of those grim and grease on your stove dials. We recommend removing those dials and soaking them in hot, soapy water once a week before those grim and grease turns stubborn!
7. Shared telephones
Can you imagine the amount of saliva and bacteria accumulated on your telephone since it is handled by everyone in your house? The house phone is often neglected when it comes to cleaning, which causes germs and bacteria to build up.
8. Cutting boards
If you cut all your vegetables and raw meat on the same chopping board, then it’s probably time for a change! Bacteria like salmonella can breed easily and cause you to be down with food poisoning.
9. Remote control
Most of us use this on a daily basis and we have actually under estimated how dirty it can get. We leave it stuffed between cushions, on our tables, in our guest’s hands, and sometimes we even might have accidentally sneezed onto it. It’s probably time to grab some disinfectant wipes and wipe away, especially if you have kids at home!
10. Coffee machine
Many of us might not know it, but the coffee machine is actually one of the dirtiest items in your home. We might have the misconception that hot water that runs through it can kill all the bacteria effectively, but actually bacteria and mould still breeds in the dark and damp areas of the machine.
Fill the water reservoir with about four cups of vinegar and let sit for 30 minutes. Then turn it on and allow the vinegar to cycle through. Finally, run two or three additional cycles with water until the vinegar odour fades. Cleaning the machine reservoir on a monthly basis not only keeps it clean but also helps in improving the taste of your coffee. For better tasting coffee, why not! Who knows your cup of home-made coffee could just taste as nice as one from Starbucks after a few washes!