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Hmm – what other thing in your home would you put down the toilet regularly – and then place back by it’s side! – not much!
If you don’t already – then the daily solution for keeping your loo brush sanitary is to add some bleach or other cleaner to the base of the brush so that it gets cleaned when it’s back in place (also make sure you flush your loo over the brush when you’ve finished cleaning the loo with it).
Obviously be aware of children around the house if you have them, because you don’t want them to be able to access it especially with cleaner involved…
You may also want to put your brush and holder in a bucket of boiling water and a little bleach every so often as well to completely clean it well (again out of the reach of kids).
BROOM & MOP
Mops can smell. Awful!
Brushes for your floor can trap dirt in them just like your hair brushes trap old hair…
So if you want to use these items for cleaning other parts of your home, you really want them to be as clean as possible – otherwise you’re simply transferring the dirt and germs all over the place…
To clean them is simple: –
- Clean mop heads by placing into a bucket of hot water and bleach for a while and then rinsing thoroughly and leaving to dry
- Clean brooms by going outside and hitting the broom against a wall to loosen any particles caught in the bristles, and then washing in a bucket of soapy water and leaving to dry.
- All mop and broom handles should be wiped down with anti bacterial wipes/spray or disinfectant.
PILLOWS AND DUVETS
We very dutifully wash our duvet and pillow covers most weeks without fail – but we just as regularly can forget about the actual duvet and pillows underneath…
Check the labels on what you have – because some can be machine washed (you need a big machine capacity for larger duvets of course), and some will need dry cleaning.
I would advise doing this in the summer when they can be dried easily outside, or when/if you change your bedding with the seasons (so you don’t miss them while they are being cleaned, and they are clean and ready to be stored for the next season).
Hoover this regularly, to get rid of any bed bugs and dust there may be – and always spot clean any necessary areas. I haven’t tried this myself, but I’ve heard that using baking soda to freshen them up is a good idea (sprinkle on and leave, then hoover it up), so may be worth a try.
THROWS AND CUSHION COVERS
SO SO easy to miss cleaning – as they are just decoration – but so important to keep clean. After all – we use to wrap ourselves in to get warm on cold nights, or put our heads on to get comfy when relaxing on the sofa…
Most can be machine washed, but some may need dry cleaning – just check the labels (and in the future, for ease and cost, try and only buy machine washable items).
Take a look at any plants you have around your house – as you may be surprised as how much dust can settle on each leaf…
A simple (and careful) wipe with a damp cloth will usually do the trick – and make the plants healthier as a result.
One of the dirtiest items in your house…. And we use it to wipe down kitchen surfaces and wash everything daily.
Wash thoroughly after each use – and to really kill any germs you can microwave for a minute when damp, or even put into the dishwasher….
Whether it be kids toys or pet toys – they get handled, dropped, chewed and so much more each day.
It stands to reason that cleaning them is a good idea!
You can add a lot of toys to the dishwasher for a quick and easy clean, and soft toys can be washed in the washing machine.
If neither of these are possible, then wipe with anti bacterial wipes or a damp cloth with disinfectant on it.
This is where our dirty clothes go before they get washed.
These clothes may drop dirt into the basket, may be damp and therefore attract more germs – and a whole host of other things.
The clothes get washed – but the basket often stays there getting dirtier and dirtier without us giving it a second glance.
Here are some ideas for the most common types of baskets: –
- Plastic baskets** can easily be wiped down when emptied.
- Wicker baskets** – use a washable insert and wash this weekly as well as the clothes, and hoover the basket itself to pick up any loose dirt that’s settled.
- Fabric baskets** – these can usually be machine washed easily, but if not then clean in a bucket of hot soapy water and dry thoroughly before putting back.
We carry them around all day – they get handled, taken all sorts of places – and can carry germs all too easily.
Just wipe down regularly to avoid germ transfer. Easy!
How many times have you actually cleaned the walls in your house?
This isn’t something on most peoples radar – but walls can get dirty as well!
Here are some quick ideas to use: –
- Bathroom tiled walls can be steam cleaned to take off germs easily (especially around the toilet area….).
- For all internal walls – dust well to remove obvious dirt (you can use a long handled duster or soft broom for this, or even a soft brush attachment on your hoover).
- Some internal walls can be washed – this is a good tutorial if you need to do this step.
HANDBAG & PURSE
These get filled with items throughout the day – leaving dirt and germs to collect. It’s horrid if you think about it too much!
Get into a habit of emptying each of these regularly and wiping/washing down with a damp cloth and detergent – this will avoid build up and help to keep everything that you put into them that bit cleaner.
Another bag that’s regularly used and rarely cleaned is your gym bag.
You have wet towels, dirty kit, sweaty shoes etc… in it all the time – so it makes total sense to wash it at least once a month.
Simply use wipes, or a damp cloth and detergent to clean all the sections thoroughly.
THE DISHWASHER & WASHING MACHINE
Last but not least are two items that have been doing a lot of the hard work for you if you’ve been following this article! – The actual items that we have used to clean everything.
Don’t forget that if we keep the actual machines clean then they will function better, and clean things more successfully. Perfect!
For these, there are lots of methods that can work – I tend to use specific products that can be put into the washing machine** or dishwasher** and then run on a cycle – but there are more natural alternatives out there.
Has this list of things you should be cleaning been an eye opener for you?
They were for me! lol
Some things I clean regularly – but others I am guilty of leaving more and more often. It’s a case of adding them to your schedule however often you can and making it a little more of a habit.
If you haven’t been cleaning any of these regularly – then any extra cleans is a bonus!
Don’t panic – it’s not the end of the world. But adding these to your cleaning list (however frequently you can) will make a massive difference to how healthy those things you touch and use frequently are for you, and that can’t be a bad thing!
As you can see – the most regularly forgotten items you should be cleaning are things in three categories: –
- Those we use for storage
- Those we use to clean other things
- Items we use daily and get handled by most of the family
So keep this in mind when you next clean your home – and be aware of what you miss.
P.S are you ready for getting your cleaning sorted, once and for all? I’ve written a step by step guide to creating a cleaning schedule that works for you, so this is the article to read next…