Not all dirty spots in the home are visible. In fact, most of them lay hidden breeding grossest, germiest, dirtiest, grimiest and stinkiest places in your home. You will be surprised to know that even after you scrub and clean your house hard; using the best and harshest chemicals it is nowhere near to being spick-and-span.
You need to understand that it is the way you clean the house that matters more than exhausting your elbow grease to keep it spotless. You need to ensure that you don’t commit the common cleaning blunders that might be keeping your house short of being absolutely clean.
Here’s a quick lowdown on the dirtiest corners of your house, you have unknowingly ignored. Know the tips-and-tricks to give your home cleaning a new aspect. By following the guidelines from industry’s pro, you’ll surely get a squeaky clean house.
The Rags, Scrubs, and Sponges
Yes, these cleaning tools are dirtier than the dirtiest places of your house. To keep them clean run them through dishwasher or microwave at high temperature for few minutes. Dishwasher steel pads, nylon scrubbers, and brushes. Rinse the scrubbing pads and brushes thoroughly, laundering them when they begin to smell and then air and the sun drying them until they are completely bone-dry.
Keeping the sink unclean
The sink is a perfect place for bacteria such as E Coli to grow and thrive. People don’t keep it as clean as it should and as often as it should be done. Keeping the sink unclean can only lead to making your family sick because the utensils will be washed in it, and unknowingly the bacteria will get transferred. Rinse the sponge with mild water and lukewarm water, washing the sink after washing the dishes each time.
Ignoring your dishwasher
You might ignorantly think that a cleaning machine doesn’t require cleaning. And that’s how you commit one of the grossest mistakes in house cleaning. Even a cleaning machine requires hygienic sanitation. The soap water, dish scum, clogged up food particles can get stuck in the dishwasher.
They might rot over time, causing bacteria and mold to grow which can lead to serious health hazards. That is why you should run your dishwasher empty on high temperature and wash out each nook and corner to keep it clean. Only a clean dishwasher can keep your utensils clean more efficiently.
Committing the mistake of washing cutting board with dish soap
If you have a wooden chopping board or any other chopping board for that matter then using just soap and warm water won’t make it absolutely clean. Soak the chopping board in bleach solution which will prevent cross-contamination before using it again.
Neglecting the touch points
The most touched points of your house are faucets, handles, and doorknobs which are also the germiest ones. It, therefore, makes sense to disinfectant them daily. If not daily then twice in a week, wiping away all traces of germs.
Ignoring the coffee pot
You might know it or are too lazy to do it but your coffee maker is a serious hot bed for bacteria and mold. It is therefore recommended to wash every removable part of coffee maker after each use and not just the pot. Just imagine how fresh and tasty your coffee will get each morning if you keep it squeaky clean.
Spraying furniture directly with cleaners
It is advised not to spray the cleaner directly on furniture, it creates a build-up that doesn’t get removed easily. In reality, it attracts more dust and particles which are tougher to remove. It is, therefore, best to spray the cleaner on the cloth and wipe the furniture surface. Same is the case with floors especially if you have floors that are lined with vinyl sheet flooring Singapore. Keep them clean by wiping the cloth thoroughly over it.
Using feather duster is a strict no no
Dusting your house is always a good thing, but doing it with a feather duster is not. Well, feather duster only causes the dust to spread more. Instead, use a microfiber cloth that grabs the dust and particle holding it without spreading them further.
Forgetting to dust the windows
If you forget to clean the dust from the window sills and window panes then it will eventually drip down, clogging the base of windows with messy muddy liquid. Just get a vacuum cleaner or microfiber cloth to dust it away nicely.
Keeping wet toilet brush as it is
It should be no secret, wet toilet brush is a breeding ground for bacteria. Instead of keeping the wet brush in the holder, either dry it out in the sun or keep it someplace airy.
Kendal Smith is a freelance blogger. Being a homemaker too, he loves blogging on home decor, home improvement, and home maintenance.