There are a lot of things people use on a daily basis but never think to clean. However, not cleaning them enough could actually put your health in danger.
How good would you say you are at cleaning? You may think that cleaning your home on a regular basis is enough, but you’re probably forgetting about certain everyday things that really need it too.
Are you someone who thinks that changing the sheets often is enough, even though you don’t wash the blankets? When was the last time your sanitized your cell phone?
Well, this article will talk about the everyday things you should clean more often. You will probably be surprised by some of them! Remember that your health depends on it, so let’s get to work and get cleaning.
To keep your teeth healthy, you probably brush your teeth twice a day. However, because of all the bacteria and food bits that build up in your toothbrush, it falls under the category of everyday things you should clean more often.
Wash your toothbrush weekly by following these steps:
- Wash your toothbrush under hot water with a bit of toothpaste.
- Use a bottle brush or clean sponge to clean the entire surface, especially the nooks and crannies.
- Rinse with hot or warm water.
- Let dry and use like normal.
Follow these steps if you would rather clean it more often:
- After brushing your teeth at night, add a bit of mouthwash to a clean cup and put your toothbrush in it. The brush part should be completely covered.
- Shake the brush a bit and let it sit overnight.
- In the morning, rinse with cold water.
- Brush your teeth like normal and repeat the process at night.
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The next thing you should clean more often is your mattress. After all, you spend 6 to 8 hours on it every night! A lot of people have never cleaned their mattress, thinking that just changing the sheets is all that was necessary.
However, mattresses absorb dirt, dust, sweat, and organic residue like dead skin cells and hair. Together, they make a lovely home for mites. To keep them away and lower your risk of developing allergies or dermatitis, clean your mattress at least once a month.
Soap and water won’t be enough, just because of the shape, so follow these steps:
- Sprinkle baking soda over the mattress. The amount will depend on the size of your mattress, but make sure to cover the entire surface.
- On top, spray enough water to moisten it without making it wet. This will activate the baking soda.
- Let sit 15 minutes and then clean with soap, water, and a good sponge or brush.
- Rinse and then let air dry.
3. Bed sheets
Ideally, you would change your sheets twice a week — once a week at least. This will keep your mattress cleaner for longer and make it harder for mites to multiply.
- After washing your sheets, fold them and then keep them in a plastic bag in order to protect them from dust.
Your shoes make up a big part of your first impression, and that’s why they’re on our list of everyday things you should clean more often.
- To clean the insides, use a soft, dry cloth with a special soap. This will kill bacteria and clear away the sweat that causes bad odor.
- Spray on a deodorizer and then let dry.
- To clean the exterior, you’ll need to clean off the dust, dirt, etc. If you don’t know what products to use, ask someone at shoe store or cobbler to find something you can use regularly.
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5. Hair brushes
You may use your hair brush every day, and it too needs to be cleaned from time to time. If you do, you’ll keep dead skin cells from building up and in turn you’ll end up with healthier hair.
- 4 cups of water (800 ml)
- 4 tablespoons of shampoo (60 ml)
- Mix the water with the shampoo in a container big enough to fit your hair brush.
- Make sure the brush is completely submerged, and let it sit overnight.
- In the morning, rub them with an old brush and rinse under the faucet.
6. Cell phones
People keep their phones with them all day and night, even in the bathroom, so naturally they are perfect homes for bacteria and viruses. To prevent an infection, clean your phone daily with a microfiber cloth and a few drops of window cleaner (or a cleaner designed especially for your screen).