Thursday, 18 August 2016

12 Germy Items You Never Think To Clean

You are probably a very diligent homeowner and clean your property on a regular basis. However, in this article, you will find a list of the things at your house you`ve most likely never thought about cleaning. Check them out and consider adding them to your cleaning routine – they accumulate bacteria you don`t want around you and your family!

  • Remote control – believe it or not, this is one of the dirtiest items you can find at your home. In order to clean the remote control in the safest way, remove the batteries. Make a solution of 1:1 ratio rubbing alcohol and water and wipe the surface and the buttons. Using a dry brush, clean in between the buttons. To finish, dip a cotton dub in the aforementioned solution and clean the small nooks and crannies. Dry with a clean cloth and put the batteries back. Do this regularly, especially if you have little children.
  • Shower loofah – this bath accessory is often neglected. Many people wrongly assume that as it is always covered in soap and shower gel, it is clean. The right answer is no. Your shower loofah traps bits of dead skin and becomes the perfect ground for bacteria. In order to clean it, fill a bucket with warm water and add 1/3 cup of bleach. Let your loofah sit in it for 5-10 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Steering wheel – even if it looks clean, you will be surprised to find out how dirty it is in reality! You can either use some wet wipes containing alcohol or use some paper towel and all-purpose cleaner. The chances are that the wipe will be black and grimy – do this as often as you can!
  • Vacuum filters – alright, this is not something unexpected. Don`t miss to do this regularly as your vacuum cleaner will start releasing an unpleasant odour. This is a sure sign that your filter is contaminated. The good news is that you can clean it in your dishwasher! Run it on empty cycle with no detergent added. Let the filter air dry completely and place it back in the vacuum cleaner.
  • Bathtub toys – your little one uses them every day which means that they are in water every day. This makes them the perfect accommodation for mould and mildew. Clean them at least once a month – fill a bucket with hot water and add 1 cup of white vinegar. Soak the toys in the solution for about 15 minutes. You can gently rub them with a sponge or an old toothbrush. Rinse generously after that.
  • Bath mats – you know that they are in constant contact with water which means that mould would love to inhabit the crevices. Depending on what material it is made of you can different options to clean it. If is is a rubber one, clean it in the same way as you would do with the bathtub toys. If it is synthetics, you can even ask you carpet cleaners to steam clean it when they perform your rug sanitising.
  • Shower curtains – again, mould is an issue. You can safely toss it in the washing machine with some towels. Add regular detergent and some baking soda so even the toughest stains are eliminated after the wash.
  • Ice trays – fortunately, most of them can be put in a dishwasher but some of them need a different approach (the silicon ones). They slowly get covered in a layer of calcium sulphide. You can efficiently clean them by soaking them in water-vinegar solution for about 2 hours.
  • Fabric lamp shades – you haven`t ever thought about cleaning these, have you? You local professionals in end of tenancy cleaning shared a really effective still easy way to clean the shades. First, vacuum them shades to eliminate most of the dust. Then make a solution of dish soap and water in ratio 1:4 and whisk so it becomes foamy. Use the foam to clean the shade – with a soft brush or a cotton cloth gently wipe it. After that wipe the lamp shade with a dry cloth.
  • Toothbrush holder – they easily build up germy layer. In fact, a study revealed that on average, a toothbrush holder is the 3rd dirtiest object in our homes. Fill it with hot water and clean the insides. After that fill with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Rinse again and let it air dry.
  • Hairbrush – you use it every day but how often do you clean it? Remove hair strings from the brush (you can use tweezers for optimal results) and soak the brush in water and bleach solution. Fill a bucket with water and add ¼ cup of bleach. Rinse and let it dry in the sun.
  • Credit cards – this is something you didn`t expect, right? Wipe your cards with a damp paper towel and use an eraser to rub along the magnetic strip. By doing this you will remove any built up so your card will be easily read from the first slide!

In order to prevent germ spread at your house, keep those items clean! Make sure you add them to your cleaning list and enjoy a cleaner and healthier home!

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