Barbeques. Friends. Family. Summertime is such a fun and busy (but relaxing) season. So it’s just a shame we couldn’t coax ourselves into spring cleaning back when we had the chance. Or, if you did tidy up, the things you’re forgetting to clean may have unexpectedly debuted. I mean, last week at the picnic, wasn’t it 6-foot-5 Uncle Fred who stumbled into the kitchen — and made a point to swipe at the embarrassing layer of accumulated dust on top of the refrigerator? Only God knows how long it had been there.
The not-so-noticeable dingy household areas can be hard to see, so it’s no wonder we forget. But the house is not clean until we’ve wiped down and sanitized these very important neglected areas. You might be surprised at some of the things you’re forgetting to clean!
Hold on to your kitchen drawers and grab your chemical-free cleaners! You’re gonna need them! But first – just like when you create a shopping list – make a checklist of the household things you’re forgetting to clean. It’s that simple.
55% of households show mold inside uncleaned pet bowls. Not to mention: Bacteria in the pet bowl is real, folks. These bowls can become contaminated with harmful germs just like our dirty dishes do if left out for too long.
Needless to say, foodborne illnesses percolating in dirty pet bowls are certainly a cause for concern. By cleaning them frequently and adequately, we prevent passing the contamination to both pets AND pet owners.
The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine recommendations are as follows:
If you or anyone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies, BUGS could be the reason why. To be more precise – microscopic dust mites are eating on your skin cells left behind on mattresses, upholstery, and pillows. Blah!
Your walls get covered in dust! Get a Swiffer Sweeper floor mop to clean interior walls. Attach a dry baby diaper or microfiber cloth to the very end so you can clean away dirt and cobwebs without having to use a step ladder. Try doing this once a year.
Over 55% of households have moldy remote controls. These are for TVs, DVDs, ceiling fans, fireplaces, chandeliers, and on and on. Believe it or not, your hand-held remote controls are swimming in dead skin cells and germs. Yeesh! So wipe them down at least once a week with 70% isopropyl alcohol to disinfect them. Remember to let the alcohol spray dry on the device to kill (almost all) the germs (99%). That takes about 10 minutes.
Has it been more than 24 hours ago since you cleaned your cell phone (or other electronics such as laptops)? We recommend disinfecting them daily. First, dampen a tissue or a soft cloth with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Then, gently wipe them down.
Although we’ve most likely decluttered our closets at one time or another, when is the last time you’ve wiped down the walls in your closet? Give the walls and shelving a good vacuum once a year (or every season).
Light switches are just as important to clean as your toilet seat. In fact, they may just be the dirtiest spots in your entire household. Dampen a lint-free cloth with 70% isopropyl alcohol to wipe down daily.
I know somebody who stopped using their ice maker because the ice tasted funky. Yet all it needed was to be deodorized. In normal circumstances, ice makers do not need to be washed. However, to keep the ice from absorbing fridge and freezer odors, clean both compartments at least twice yearly with dishwashing liquid and soft cotton cloth. In between cleanings, open a box of baking soda and place it in both compartments.
50% of households have mold in the reservoir of the coffee maker. You already clean your coffee pot, or so you say. But, unfortunately, coffee maker reservoirs are hanging out with mold and yeast – according to the Public Health and Safety Organization. It’s best to take off all removable components and run them through a dishwashing cycle. Mix water and white vinegar to clean the reservoir itself.
Brushes can last for as long as up to three years – that is if you clean them properly. If it’s been three years already and you haven’t cleaned your brush at all – well – toss it and start fresh! Wash your brush by hand with your favorite shampoo once a month. Before washing, pull or cut out the hairs.
Bacteria grows on anything that sits in or soaks up water.
68% of families have yeast and mold on electronics such as computer keyboards. Why do you ask? Because we eat over them all the time. Food gets stuck in between the keys causing mold and yeast.
It’s alarming to think that 64% of households have mold in their toothbrush holders. To clean and sanitize, soak the entire holder in hot, soapy water. Scrub away the gunk out of the holes with a soapy pipe cleaner.
Some 55% of households have mold and yeast on slobber-laden pet toys!
A word of caution: Never wash pet toys in the dishwasher (they may not be dishwasher safe!).
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention that front-loading washing machines are one of the most important things you’re forgetting to clean. Moldy and mildewy bombshells are NO fun. These uncleaned machines are stinking up the clothes and messing with your allergies. To prevent this from happening, run an empty load on the hot water cycle. Use vinegar instead of your go-to detergent.
There you have it – 15 things you’re forgetting to clean in your household!
First and foremost: the things you’re forgetting to clean can actually help you reduce mold in your home. That is – IF you clean them. According to an International Household Germ Study, both mold and yeast were discovered on many uncleaned wet items found in 31% of the households in the study. So, like we said: take care of this top 15, and you’ll be well on your way to healthier inside air quality.
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