This pandemic has taught us so much about ourselves as individuals and as a collective. We’ve learnt what matters most to us and it has shown us once and for all the things we thought that mattered but we can easily live without. There are so many things I know now that I never even stopped to consider before, like cleaning my home properly…I mean P-R-O-P-E-R-L-Y, not a light dusting and swishing a sad mop around. These are items in our home that I have either never cleaned or things that I should be cleaning way more often.
1. Washing Machine
This one makes sense if you think about it, but you must stop and think about it. Its sole purpose is to clean so it’s understandable if you have never cleaned yours but, like me, you need to start. Washers, upon closer inspection, are quite dirty. The best way to keep your best friend clean is to run an empty load with just hot water and bleach, once a month – this will wipe out any residual germs and bacteria that may be lingering around.
2. Rugs & Carpets
Out of sight does mean out of mind when it comes to cleaning underneath your rugs and carpets. Home carpet cleaning is easier and more affordable than you think and it makes all the difference in the world once they are clean. Dirty carpets harbour germs, dust mites, and allergens so clean them 4 to 5 times a year. This advice is largely dependent on the traffic over them, if your house is prone to lots of foot traffic then have them cleaned every 4 to 6 weeks.
3. Toothbrush Holder
Your toothbrush is filled with germs, I realise this isn’t the most pleasant thought but they also won’t keep those germs to themselves. International studies show that toothbrush holders contain almost double the amount of mold as toilet seats. A tip that most cleaners don’t know is that almost all toothbrush holders can be washed in the dishwasher so add yours to a load around twice a month to keep a smile on your face.
Do yourself a favour and go and look around the inside of your dishwasher door. I’m willing to bet you it has months of grease and grime clogged all around it – maybe even some mold too! This can all be fixed by placing a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of your machine and running it on a hot-water cycle. You should c monthly to prevent a build-up of grime and germs. Cleaning your dishwasher will also extend its life, so really it is a win-win situation.
5. Toilet Brush
Toilet brushes are a host for bacteria and residue, I say residue but we all know what I mean… For these reasons and many more, you need to wash your toilet brush at least once a week. Plastic toilet brushes should ideally be replaced every six months, purely because some things you just can’t get clean enough after a while.