When was the last time you cleaned all the door knobs in your home, or your toothbrush? If your answer falls somewhere between “The 12th of never” and “I’m supposed to do that?” then read on.
When most people think of dirty, germ-infested surfaces, they tend to focus on things and places like public bathrooms and ATMs. But the truth is, dozens of surfaces are harboring dirt and bacteria right in your own home – perhaps the very computer or mobile device you’re using right now being one very good example! Ready to declare war on all that dirt and grime? Here are 10 places to start.
- Kitchen sink – Kitchen sinks are said to contain more E. Coli than toilets. So after each time you wash the dishes, spray the sink down with a disinfecting spray.
- Door knobs and light switches – Think of all the people who touch these on any given day. Yet they often go overlooked during cleaning.
- Remote controls – Use a disinfecting wipe to clean all the remotes in your home, including those that control your music system, automatic blinds, and ceiling fans.
- Toothbrush – Ideally, you should replace your toothbrush every 6 months, or after any illness. But you can give it a soak in vinegar to keep it clean in between.
- The trash can – Wipe it down every time you take out the trash, and give it a thorough cleaning once a month.
- Telephones and tablets – Never spray anything directly on your phone or tablet, simply wipe them down with an approved cleaner.
- Laundry baskets – Designate one for dirty clothes and one for clean. And wipe the “dirty” one regularly with a disinfecting wipe or wash the liner if it has one.
- Refrigerator handles – Wipe these down once a week – or once a day if someone in your home is sick – to kill germs and bacteria.
- Dishwasher – Just because it cleans, doesn’t mean it is Place a small dishwasher-safe bowl or mug of vinegar upright on the top rack of an empty dishwasher, and run a hot cycle.
- Garbage disposal – Keep it fresh with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle ¼ cup of baking soda down your disposal, followed by one cup of distilled vinegar. Let it foam up and sit for 10 minutes. Flush with hot water as the disposal is running to clear everything out.
Speaking of your garbage disposal, has yours been acting up lately, or is slow to fully dispose of its contents. If nothing you’re trying on your own is bearing any fruit, then give us a call: your local plumbing professionals at Bruce Solomon Plumbing, Heating & Air.