Learn about all the things you should be cleaning in your home but have probably missed too often than not. These are often things that are used to clean other things, or things we use to store items around the house – and things that we touch multiple times a day and sort of become unaware of them when it comes to cleaning them. Let’s change that by looking into this list a little more, along with some helpful tips on HOW to clean them once they have entered your cleaning radar!
Cleaning just the basics in the house takes time. I strongly promote a cleaning schedule that tackles the necessary first and then does more deep cleaning on a less often basis – just because it’s pretty much impossible to do it all, all the time.
But there are things that we are all leaving – and never getting round to – because, well, life!
And these are things I wanted to look at today.
Your challenge is to tackle each one over the next month, so that you can rest assured your home is as clean as it can be – at least for a short time.
Ready? Let’s get started!
29 THINGS YOU SHOULD BE CLEANING….
We use these every day, usually brushing freshly washed hair, but do you ever look at the brush to see what you are brushing back in?
It can be quite surprising, to say the least! – so much hair and dust etc… collect over even the shortest time – so get into a habit of using a comb to take out the excess hair that’s collected, and then wash in soapy water.
(Then wash the comb as well, of course!)
We clean our teeth with these every day, but do you ever think that what you put into your mouth needs a clean sometimes as well?
A couple of ways to do this are: –
- Rinse well in your anti-bacterial mouthwash
- Put into the top of the dishwasher every week (just the brush head of course if you use an electric toothbrush…)
This is a germ trap to say the least. Water and toothpaste drip down every day to form a congealed mess, and it’s easy to forget to clean them.
The easiest way to clean is to use a dishwasher safe container and put it in there each week. If you don’t have that, or you don’t have a dishwasher, then leave to soak in boiling water and cleaner, then thoroughly scrub and rinse.
Good as new!
SHOWER STORAGE CONTAINERS
Whether you use plastic or wire containers for your shampoo – they are all prone to getting dirty, quickly. The humidity of the shower only adds to this issue – so don’t forget to clean these when you are cleaning the bathroom (or at least once a month).
Again – some can go into the dishwasher (there’s a pattern emerging here, isn’t there!), or use that boiling water and cleaner and soak.
I use wire containers in our shower, and scrub with a brush to get into all the nooks and crannies, then soak in water and cleaner – works a treat!
It’s all too easy to clean a room without ever looking up at the ceiling, and as such we can miss cleaning the fans that are there (usually in the UK these are in bathrooms, toilets and utilities).
Hoover the dust away using the brush attachment, and wipe with a damp cloth or anti bacterial wipe, and it’ll work much better for you (and look better too!)
Along the same lines as fans (i.e. looking up!), are lampshades….
If you have fabric lampshades then a brush attachment on the hoover should do the trick nicely – so get into the habit of doing this when you have the hoover out so dust isn’t allowed to build up at all (just make sure the lights are off, and you are as gentle as possible of course).
And if you have glass shades – the dishwasher is definitely your best bet. Just unscrew them and pop them in the top rack and let it do the hard work for you!
Have you ever though to clean the actual bulbs in your home?
Think about it – they are just as likely to attract dust as anything else – and when they get hot this can be a hazard – so it makes sense to clean them regularly (not to mention the fact that you’ll get a brighter light if they are dust free).
When the lights are off (and not warm!) – just wipe over with a cloth and you’re done!
LIGHT SWITCH PLATES
Last on the light front is the switch plates we all have on the walls to turn the lights on and off.
These get our hands on them each and every day – and are ripe for germ transfer….
I like to use anti bacterial wipes on these as part of my cleaning routine – which works really well.
Just as with the light switch plates – anti bacterial wipes on all door handles around the house does wonders!
We drop dirty stuff into our bins each and every day – and while they will all usually have a bag in them to collect everything – they will still be a trap for germs.
As such – take them all outside and hose down / wash well – and then spray with cleaner and wipe thoroughly.
We carry our phones pretty much everywhere with us – often including the loo…. so it stands to reason that cleaning it should definitely be on our radar…
A simple wipe with an anti bacterial wipe would work really well and is a simple fix! (remember to take your cover off and clean this and the phone separately because things can get trapped between the two.
YOUR COMPUTER / LAPTOP KEYBOARD & SCREEN
Again – something we touch all.the.time and should be regularly cleaned as a result.
There are loads of products out there that can make this job easier (and fun, even!) – some of which are as follows: –
- Screen wipes** (also use on TVs and phones)
- Small brush** for getting dirt from between keys on the keyboard
- Cleaning gel that you place onto the keyboard and peel off – it will pick up all the dirt for you
- You can even get vacuums for your computer that plug in via USB – genius!
Another item that is touched multiple times a day by multiple people – and can therefore transfer any germs from person to person all too quickly.
Use similar cleaning techniques to your computer keyboard and all will be well with the world!
These are supposed to help stop shoes bringing in dirt and germs to the house – and yet are often overlooked when it comes to keeping them clean.
To clean your doormat, simply do the following: –
- Use a brush to loosen off any dirt
- Beat it outside to get rid of any loose dirt
- Clean with hot water and a soft brush if it’s a plastic doormat, or use a hard bristle brush** if it’s coir.
- Leave to dry – and you’re done!
Oooh – there are a few things you should be cleaning here that I’m guilty about forgetting at times… and there are more to come. I don’t know about you – but I’ve got my cleaning schedule to hand and am adding things in right now lol!
So – let’s keep going, and get even more sorted, shall we!