Everyone takes great satisfaction in having a clean home. Sometimes, while we are focusing on these big tasks, the dirt often hides in the tiny spaces we forget to disinfect. Below is a list of areas you might be missing while cleaning your home.
According to NSF International, part of its 2013 Household Germ Study, two of the dirtiest places are the vegetable and meat compartments in refrigerators. When cleaning, you have to unplug the refrigerator and throw away old containers and expired food. Drawers should be soaked in warm water and wash with dish soap.
You can wash the pillowcases in your washing machine based on the instructions on its care label. Warm water can also be used to clean it while running on a gentle cycle. When you wash your pillows, do the same washing with your comforter. If you are unable to wash your pillows, throw them in the dryer for 15 mins.
The cards in your wallet accumulate a lot of dirt because you use them very often. A study from 2012 says that cards were contaminated with fecal matter. Use a damp cloth to wipe the card or anti-bacterial wipe, then gently scrub the magnetic strip with an eraser.
How many times do you touch your keys in a day, especially your car keys? It picks up all kinds of dirt. Grab a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol or vinegar and wipe down your car keys or a diluted bleach solution to disinfect—just apply your solution to a rag and apply thoroughly to your keys, allowing them to air dry.
Door knobs are obviously touched many times a day, but this is one of the things we barely clean. For stubborn residue, you can create a mixture of equal parts of olive oil and vinegar. For on the go cleaning, spray Lysol or use a Lysol wipe.
Keep your child safe from harmful germs and bacteria underlying in their toys. Clean off any visible debris. Make a 50/50 solution of Hydrogen Peroxide and water. Place toys in a bowl, fill the bowl with the 50/50 solution and cover the toys. Wait until the liquid stops bubbling, then rinse off toys, and let dry.
Reusable Water Bottles
If you are an environmentally friendly person, you probably prefer to use reusable water bottles. To clean it, mix a teaspoon of bleach with a teaspoon of baking soda in your water bottle. Fill the remainder with water. Use the baking soda and bleach solution to scrub the cap as well, inside and out. Let your water bottle sit overnight, then rinse thoroughly with warm water in the morning.
A 2018 study by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, a keyboard contains bacteria that can seriously be infectious to humans. You can use baby wipes to wipe down unspecified gunk that builds upon the keys, or you can lightly rub the keys with an old toothbrush and alcohol.
Adding special attention to your showerhead while you are cleaning your bathroom is a must. Research by American Society for Microbiology last 2018 says the bacteria commonly found on shower heads led to an increased risk of respiratory illnesses. Here’s how to clean it. You can fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the showerhead. — Then secure the bag around the head with a rubber band, tape, or a twist tie. — Leave the bag around the showerhead for a few hours, remove it and turn on the water to clear out the vinegar.
Clearly, we all know that garbage bins are dirty. But what is taking time once in a while to clean and reduce the bacteria lying on it? To clean it, fill about one-quarter of the can with water, and then add dish soap or one or two cups of distilled white vinegar. You can then use a handled brush to scrub the bin.
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