Let’s be honest, how many times we’ve overlooked these 8 places whilst cleaning our own homes? If it looks clean, must be clean! sort of statement. Anyhow, regular avoiding such spots can cause growth and spread of harmful bacteria, which can have a bad effect on our health!
Here you will find a list of places worth paying attention to while cleaning!
#1 Is your toilet brush always in that little holder that it came in?
Do you think that scrubbing toilet bowls with a toilet brush will solve the problem of dirt and germs? Unfortunately, you are very wrong! The brush container accumulates a huge amount of bacteria, which have great conditions for growth in a damp and closed container. However, you can significantly reduce the number of bacteria that are on it. All you have to do is pour water out of the container regularly and dry the brush before putting it back in. Remember also about systematic disinfection – everything depends on how often you use the brush, but if you do it often, disinfect the brush at least once a week. This is very important because bacteria from the container can easily spread to the brush.
#2 Another dirtiest of places at home is the toothbrush holder
The shocking fact is that your toothbrush holds over 100 million harmful bacteria. In addition to the bacteria from your mouth, your toothbrush can be cross-contaminated with bacteria from the sink or toilet, because every time you flash, some bacteria are released into the air. They can lead to diseases such as cystitis, colitis or dysbacteriosis. To avoid this, never store the toothbrush on the sink but hide it in a shelf or drawer.
Using a brush lid is also not the best solution, as bacteria accumulate more quickly in an enclosed environment.
Clean your toothbrush regularly. One of the easiest ways to disinfect a toothbrush is to keep it in mouthwash for 30 seconds or in boiling water for 2 minutes.
#3 Avoid washing dishes in cold water
If you use lukewarm or cold water for washing dishes, the washing up liquid will not be as effective as it would be in hot water.
The ideal water temperature is 10 degrees higher than the room temperature if you don’t know how to check it, just use water that is not too hot for your hands.
#4 Washing machine
You will certainly realize that a washing machine is an indispensable device in every house. You must know that a washing machine, like many other household appliances, needs regular cleaning. After pulling the washed clothes out of the washing machine, leave the door open so as not to cause moisture to build up. A dirty washing machine causes the spread of bacteria and mould spores on clothes. This is harmful to people suffering from allergies or asthma, as well people with sensitive skin. The most dirty place in the washing machine is not only the inside of a drum, but also the drawer for detergents and the seal at the door of the machine.
It is recommended to thoroughly clean the washing machine once every two weeks. Just run the washing machine at the highest possible temperature and add bleach, citric acid or vinegar. Most supermarkets sell descaling tablets for washing machines that help clear up the hard build ups.
Remember, it will be much easier to prevent than to remove mould stains that have already taken root in the washing machine.
#5 Kitchen sink
Go on then, tell us when you last cleaned the kitchen sink properly?
Usually when a sink starts to smell bad or when it gets clogged, particles of food residue and dirt remain in the pipes and bacteria start to multiply there. So here’s why is it so important to clean the sink regularly. Pressurized water can make that dirt move back up. It is worth using a homemade way to avoid this. Place a spoonful of baking soda in the drain, pour some vinegar and leave overnight. In the morning, rinse the drain with boiling water. This is a good way to use when cutting meat, fish or a lot of vegetables.
#6 Shower Head
Shower curtain rarely gets cleaned, since many people think that is enough just by sprinkling it with water during our daily shower routine. Nothing could be so much further from the truth! Dirt, soap and hair conditioners residues stay invisibly for long periods attracting more dirt to it. It is better to replace simple thin curtains with those made of vinyl or fabric. They are easier to manage and disinfect, shower curtain made of material normally are machine washable, and ideal to be washed once a month. Another method is to soak them in a salt solution or citric acid. Then wipe the curtain dry to get rid of that nasty build up.
Although we use the shower every day, the bacteria can still develop in the showerhead. This can become an ideal home for the development of staphylococcus bacteria, which cause sinus infections, tonsillitis and ear infections. Therefore, before taking a shower, you should rinse the cabin with hot water for at least a minute. It is also worth to soak the shower in a solution of soda or vinegar every 2 weeks for disinfection. Any signs of black mould behind your shower cabin or bathtub can be easily cleaned with some baking soda & vinegar as well- as a home remedy.
#7 Are you Sure you are not Putting the Dishes in the Wrong Order?
It is worth cleaning the dishwasher regularly, but also to dry it well! Mould will start to develop in the machine if it ain’t wiped dry. As far as washing the dishes is concerned, it turns out that it is important in what order you put the plates in the dishwasher. Experts recommend that dishes covered with leftovers like potatoes, pasta or rice be placed in the middle of the lower part of the dishwasher. Dishes that are after meat, cheese, eggs, etc. should be placed at the edges of the dishwasher. So, where you put those dishes depends on how well you want them clean.
#8 Fan Maintenance
Did you know that a fan supposed to be cleaned thoroughly every 2 weeks – this is no joke?! Take out the grille, spray it with a cleaning agent and some vinegar if you please, then wipe it dry. In the inside remove as much dust as possible from the fan with a vacuum cleaner or a damp cloth.
How well do you clean up those places at your house? Are you a clean-freak or Do you have any more tips ?