7 Things You Need to be Cleaning More Often

When you decide to clean up your home or office, chances are pretty high that you’re forgetting about many places where germs love to gather.

A simple wipe-down of the most commonly used surfaces is not enough to get rid of the germs and can even make you sick.

Things that are handled often should eventually be cleaned more often.


Here are very important things that you don’t clean as much as they should be cleaned:

7. Remote controls


A remote control does not only get handled a lot but is constantly handled while you watch TV, especially if you are or you live with someone who loves to channel-surf.

The best way to clean your remote controls is by using a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol.

6. Dishwasher


Just because it cleans doesn’t mean it needs no cleaning. Deposits and debris can build up in your dishwasher, making your dishes not as clean as you think.

One of the best and simplest ways to clean your dishwasher includes only two ingredients: baking soda and white vinegar.

First, detach the bottom dishwasher rack to remove the drain, then fill the safe container with 1 cup of white vinegar and run your dishwasher into a full cycle. Then spread 1 cup of baking soda along the bottom of your dishwasher and run it through a hot water cycle.

In case of a mold issue, you can add bleach.

5. Light Switches


Light switches are something that we rarely think about cleaning, although we keep on touching them every day.

All you need to clean such a small surface is a disinfectant spray and then wipe down all the dirt.

Another effective way to clean light switches is by using a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol.

4. Can opener


Can openers can get so grimy as well as rusty that even a trip in the dishwasher wouldn’t remove the rust that builds up around gears.

To properly clean your can opener, soak it in white vinegar for a few hours or more (depending on how rusty it is) and then take an old toothbrush and scrub away the rust. Next, rinse with regular dish soap, let dry, and finally, run a Q-tip dipped in mineral oil to basically prevent rust.

3. Bed Pillows


Did you know that where you put your head every night can be full of dead dust mites?

Luckily, you can easily throw your pillows in the washing machine and keep them clean.

To clean your pillows, you should use a small amount of detergent and don’t forget to check the label first.

You can even add tennis balls together with your pillows inside the washing machine to help keep them fluffy.

2. Refrigerator handle


The refrigerator handle is another thing that you touch every day all day.

In fact, even if there are microscopic pieces of food on it, it can feed bacteria and viruses so they multiply every day more.

To clean your refrigerator handle (or door too), rub it well with a disinfectant wipe up and down, with more pressure and focus in any tiny grooves. A disinfectant wipe stays on the surface longer than a disinfectant spray.

You should do so once a week, or every day if someone in your house is sick.

1. Door handles and knobs


Everyone entering or leaving your house or a room in your house will help the germs on doorknobs and handles to grow and thrive.

These germs can cause the flu, colds, and other illnesses.

To clean your door handles and knobs, you should give them all a good wipe with a disinfectant solution at least once every week, so you can cut down the chances of getting sick.


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