10 Things In Your Home You Aren't Cleaning Enough

16 May, 2020
If there are things in your house you aren't cleaning correctly or often enough, this bad habit can help bacteria multiply. Learn more in this article!

Maintaining proper hygiene in your house doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is shining. However, if you aren’t cleaning enough in some key areas, bacteria are probably spreading. Read the following list to see if you’re properly cleaning your home.

Are you cleaning these 10 corners of your home enough?

Places you aren't cleaning enough in your home.
You should pay close attention to your home cleaning, from the corners to the least noticed objects.

Before we begin, it’s important to say that many different bacteria live in homes. In fact, it’s there are likely millions of those tiny plagues living day to day with people in your house. While not all of them pose a threat, it is nice to maintain some basic hygiene to prevent overgrowth.

Where are they hiding?

Well, they’re definitely in these places:

  • Scouring pads and sponges: Don’t flip your scouring pad inside out too much to try to make it last several weeks. This item that is always damp is a potential habitat for a large number of germs. Because of this, you should throw it out after a short time and use a new one. Disinfecting it regularly is also another great option.
  • Shower curtains: Ideally, you should clean your shower curtains every 15 days. Since it can be a very tedious job, the best thing is to throw them in the washing machine with lukewarm water and some towels. To remove mold, baking soda and vinegar are perfect.
  • Toilet: Though it might surprise you, your computer and other appliances can be even more contaminated than your toilet. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t clean it every seven days, at least. Here’s one tip: lower the lid when you flush so nothing splashes out.
  • Towels: To know if you’re cleaning the corners of your home enough, ask yourself when was the last time you washed the towels. Just like clothes or sheets, dead cells stick to towels, which means an open field for bacteria and germs. For this reason, it’s better to not use them for more than three days.
  • Other bathroom objects: It might seem redundant to reinforce that you should clean every part of your bathroom. However, start with the tiles. If you dry them every time you shower, less dirt will accumulate. Additionally,  you should rinse the soap holders, glass and mirrors, and generally all surfaces.

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Other elements and areas for special cleaning

Objects and areas of your home you aren't cleaning enough.
There are some areas and objects in your home that you should clean very often.
  • Sheets: although you shower or bathe every day, you shouldn’t use the same sheets for more than a week. You have to think of the fact that dead skin cells rub off every night onto your sheets. While you can vacuum them every day, putting them in the washer with warm water and detergent will guarantee a proper cleaning.
  • Floors: Your floor cleaning is relative. Different rooms see more and less traffic throughout the day, you might have pets that shed, and there could be rainy and wet days that dirty your floors more, etc. In common areas, you shouldn’t wait more than a week for a deep clean of your floors.

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  • Doorknobs and keys: It’s not good to think too much about the number of bacteria that can be on these common household objects. If you aren’t cleaning them enough, we can assure you that there are several colonies of germs camping there. One powerful disinfectant is isopropyl alcohol.
  • Computer, mouse, remote control, cellphone: By this point in the article, you’ll understand that wherever you put your hands you can leave bacteria, germs, or mold or, even worse, pick them up. Finally, we also recommend you use alcohol to clean these items at least once a week.

Finally, remember that furniture, carpets, and upholstery should also be vacuumed often. While it would be excessive to clean every single day, it’s true that if you aren’t cleaning enough you’re opening the door to bacteria and germs. Cleaning once a week is a good goal.

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