Some things in our homes are all too often forgotten and will get very dirty over time. Let this article serve as a reminder to put some of your elbow grease toward these things. Without further ado…
Did you forget to clean these things?
This first one might actually be something you deliberately forget about. It can be a very gross job at times. It’s important then to stay ahead of large buildups in the bottom of the bin and wash out with a house or shower head. Use bleach!
Guess what – your phone may actually be the dirtiest, germiest thing in your home. Cell phones have more germs per square inch than a public toilet seat! (Studies have shown that 16% of phones have E. Coli bacteria on them…yikes.) Don’t put that kind of gross that close to your face! Clean it!
Surprisingly, many people don’t know how often their carpets should be cleaned. Plenty of people go years between cleanings.
Why is that a problem? Well, carpets act as a filter to grab dirt, dust, bacteria, and allergens out of the air. This is a great thing in the short term for your home air health, but as it builds up, it becomes a problem (and gross!).
In fact, most carpet manufacturer’s warranties state that you must have your carpets cleaned once every 12 to 18 months. Most experts agree that once a year is a good rule of thumb. That is unless you have a lot of kids or pets. Then, get those carpets cleaned at least twice a year.
PLUS – remember to vacuum twice a week to keep the plushness and freshness of the carpet.
When a shower curtain bunches up and traps moisture, mold and mildew can build up. Spray it off occasionally, wipe down with shower cleaner, and if really bad, you can even throw it in the washing machine. Just don’t let that mold build up!
Do you enjoy having dust recirculate through the air? Didn’t think so. Just like an air filter needs to be occasionally replaced, dusty vents need a good cleaning.
Door knobs and locks don’t just open up a portal to your home they also open a portal to nasty bacteria town. Did you know that bacteria can stay alive on those metal surfaces for up to 8 hours? Yikes. Make sure to wipe down knobs throughout the house. (This is a great kids’ chore!)
You just put water in the ice tray, right? Why does it need washing? Those trays can start to produce some weird-tasting ice. It’s a good idea to run your trays through the dishwasher about once a month, depending on your use. If you have a silicone tray, use a vinegar and warm water soak.
Of course you empty out the vacuum every time it’s full. But do you ever think about the filter? Without proper care, a vacuum filter can become so caked with dirt and dust that you’ll have to use a knife to cut if off. It’s gross. If a filter gets dirty, your vacuum suction will go down. Keep it clean!
Here lies the grease and oil from every meal you’ve had for the last 2 months. Clean it.
Tile just takes a simple wipe down once a week. But if you don’t stay on top of it, tile discoloration and grime will show up seemingly out of nowhere. At that point, tile cleaning will take a lot of scrubbing and tile product.