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That time of the year has come once again – of weekends spent scrubbing every surface and throwing out things you don’t need. Just as you think that you’ve got all bases covered, you may be wrong! The dirtiest places in your home are in the most unexpected spots that you would never think of.
To help you along with the menial but very essential task, we’ve put together 10 spots that you may have missed out during your CNY spring-cleaning!
1. Handles and switches
It’s in poor taste to compare things to a toilet but for this case, it is very necessary. Handles and switches are one of the most unsuspecting germ-ridden areas in your home. Everyone touches it – you touch one at least 20-30 times a day!
How: Wipe down every handle and switch you can find in your home with a dampened microfiber cloth with an all-purpose cleaner.
Where: Fridge door handles, light switches, toilet flush handles, doorknobs, cabinet handles.
2. Above kitchen cabinets
Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it does not exist. Out of sight and most definitely out of mind, the tops of kitchen cabinets are just perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and dust! Not just that, you
may even will find dead bugs and rodent nests.
How: Use a ladder and arm yourself with your vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment or a miniature hand broom with dustpan.
Where: The tops of all your cabinets and maybe even on top of your fridge!
3. Kitchen sinks
You may think that sinks are the last places you should clean because you’re always washing your hands or dishes in it right? Wrong.
Because of all that dishwashing and meal prepping, it gives way for bacteria and germs to happily accumulate. Now, it’s not nice to compare it a toilet…but once again, it IS dirtier than your toilet!
How: Rinse your sink with warm water and detergent. To remove those pesky stains and bring back that shine on your sink, cut half a lemon and sprinkle some rock salt on it. Rub the salted lemon on your sink and watch as the stains disappear – making way for that shiny sheen once again!
Where: Your kitchen sink – although this method would work for other sinks as well!
4. Washing machines
Here’s another spot that you would have never thought of. Just because it is constantly being used to wash your clothes does not mean it is the cleanest place.
Always wondered why your washing machine kind of smells musty? It is probably due to the constant load of moisture that comes about every time you start a cycle. With moisture comes germs and bacteria – they go hand in hand!
To freshen up your washing machine, follow these steps!
1. Mix ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water in a small bowl.
2. Pour this mixture into the detergent compartment of your machine.
3. Pour 2 cups of white vinegar and pour it into the drum.
4. Start a manual cycle with the hottest water setting.
5. After that’s done, use a clean sponge to do a thorough wipe down of the interior and exterior of the machine.
5. Sponges and cloths
Ahhh, your trusty cleaning companions. Why oh why do they still smell weird even after you’ve washed them over and over again? It’s most definitely the smell of mildew and bacteria! It’s something that can never be fully washed away with a simple washing machine cycle.
The method below may work for the first few times, but there will come a time where your sponge/cloth can no longer be saved. Everything has a lifespan – so please change your cloths and sponges regularly!
How: Dampen sponge/cloth with a mix of baking soda and water. Place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. The heat will kill the bacteria and the baking soda will deodorize that sponge/cloth!
Where: Dish washing sponge, table cloths, hand towels, cleaning cloths.
Microwaves are pretty grimy and gross in general. You use it almost everyday – heating up those late night snacks and last night’s dinner leftovers. Bits of food and soup splatter around during those few minutes. Sure, you wipe off those that you can see at the really obvious spots. But what about those areas that you can’t see?
How: Clean the interior with hot and soapy water. If you find stubborn food residue, place a bowl of water with some lemon slices and heat up for a few minutes. The steam helps to soften the residue and the lemon will freshen up the smell of the microwave!
7. Walls behind the toilet bowl (and the walls of your toilet in general)
Your toilet floors and toilet bowl may be scrubbed clean already but please don’t neglect the walls as well! Spray from the toilet flush gets on your walls – even if you can’t see it. With every flush, dirty water and germs can land up to about 20 ft. away!
In the long run, it would do you good to close the seat of the toilet bowl before flushing. This helps to make your walls cleaner too.
Now, on to the good part…even if you have already scrubbed the walls clean, you may have forgotten that tiny part right behind the toilet bowl!
How: Spritz or even spam all purpose cleaner and do a good wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
Where: Toilet walls and right behind the toilet bowl.
8. Faucets and showerheads
Faucets and showerheads tend to accumulate a nasty buildup of calcium and rust overtime. It may even be the cause of why your showerhead or faucet gets stuck sometimes. Now, imagine the water you drink, cook and shower with is actually flowing through that black and white gunk first! Grossed out? Fret not, we’ve got you covered.
How: Unscrew faucet or remove showerhead. Place it in white vinegar for about 15 minutes and brush off the gunk with an old toothbrush.
Where: Bathroom taps and the kitchen tap.
So you’ve stripped your mattress of all it’s sheets and put them to wash. Don’t forget to clean the mattress itself as well. Having slept on it every single night, your mattress has had a build-up of a variety of bodily fluids – think blood, sweat, and urine! Mold and mildew may even be harvesting on it too. For the sake of your health and your sanity, here are some instructions you can follow to deeply clean your mattress!
1. Vacuum your mattress on all its sides
2. Deodorize it by sprinkling baking soda. This helps it to bind with the moisture and substances in the mattress.
3. Vacuum again! This helps to pull all existing moisture out after the baking soda has done its magic.
Your hands touch it every single day. Dirt, grime, food and random crumbs would have found its way into the little nooks and crannies of your keyboard. No, the color of your keyboard did not ‘fade’. It’s more likely that a layer of dirt has formed on its surface!
How: Use the brush or hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner to scrape off the dust. To sanitize your keyboard, get a q-tip and dip it in some rubbing alcohol. Make your way through each key (even the sides!).
*Use isopropyl instead of ethyl. Ethyl is harsher and may rub off the lettering on your keyboard.
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