When was the last time you dusted the top of your refrigerator? When was the last time you mopped the floor of your garage? These are just two of many things that might fall through the cracks when it comes to household cleaning, but they shouldn’t be neglected because they can create health hazards if left unclean. By adding these eight cleaning jobs to your regular cleaning routine, you can ensure that your home stays clean, germ-free, and safe at all times. Check out 6 things you may be missing, that Plan B Cleaning recommends you give some extra attention to!
1) Computer keyboard and other devices
A keyboard is one of the dirtiest places in your home, and it’s full of germs. A study by the University of Arizona found that computer keyboards have more germs than toilet seats. Yuck! So it’s important to clean your keyboard regularly to prevent the spread of illness. Here are some tips for keeping your keyboard as clean as possible:
- Keep your desk or workstation neat so you can find things when you need them.
- Make sure you wipe down all surfaces with antibacterial wipes on a regular basis.
- Get into the habit of using disposable gloves when touching anything that might be dirty, such as wiping up spills on your desk or using the bathroom.
- Get a keyboard cover or mat to reduce the dust piling up. Regularly use compressed air (or a vacuum) to remove dust and debris from between the keys.
- To keep food off your keyboard, get an elevated mousepad.
While you’re at it, you may want to wipe down all of your devices with screen cleaning wipes. We are always touching our devices, even between meals. Plus, we hold our phones up to our face, so the dirt and germs can easily transfer to our skin, mouth, and so on. Hence, it is so important to wipe down the devices, chargers, and cables that we are always using. Just think about it – we use these items nearly every day, but how frequently do we clean them?
2) Door knobs
You might not think to clean your door knobs, but they are actually one of the dirtiest things in your home. Door knobs are constantly touched by dirty hands, and they can easily become covered in bacteria. Plus, if you have pets, their fur can also transfer onto door knobs. To keep them clean, simply wipe them down with a disinfectant wipe or a cloth dampened with soapy water. Or spray some disinfectant on a rag and then scrub the knob. But don’t forget about other parts of your home! You should also make sure to get your doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, bathroom sinks, refrigerator handles, and more all scrubbed down too!
3) Microwave & Refrigerator
Most people don’t realize how important it is to clean their microwave. Not only does it get used multiple times a day, but it also accumulates a lot of dirt, grime, and food particles. Over time, this can lead to bad smells, poor performance, and even dangerous bacteria growth. That’s why it’s important to give your microwave a good cleaning every few months.
Most people think to clean the refrigerator when they see spills or when it’s time to do a deep clean of the kitchen. But you should be cleaning your fridge more often than that! At least once a week, you should wipe down the shelves and dispose of any expired products. A build-up of bacteria can cause food poisoning, so it’s important to keep your fridge clean. Plus, expired items can cause odors and also take up unnecessary space.
4) Trash Can
Let’s face it, your trash can is one of the dirtiest places in your home. It’s full of germs and bacteria, and it’s just plain gross. So, it’s important to clean it regularly. Here’s how:
- Empty the trash can and remove any liner or bag.
- Wash the inside of the trash can with hot, soapy water.
- Rinse the trash can with clean water and dry it with a clean towel or paper towel.
- Once the trash can is dry, add a new liner or bag.
- Repeat this process once a week or as needed.
Add citrus peels or a couple of drops of essential oil at the bottom of the bag to prevent odor.
5) Washing machine lint trap filter
Most people don’t realize that their washing machine has a lint trap filter that needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. A lint trap filter helps to prevent lint and other debris from clogging up your washing machine and causing it to break down. Over time, the lint trap filter can become clogged with lint and other debris, which can reduce the efficiency of your washing machine and cause it to break down. To clean your washing machine’s lint trap filter, simply remove it from the washing machine and rinse it off with warm water. You can also scrape with an old toothbrush. You should also clean the area around the lint trap filter to ensure that there is no build-up of lint or other debris.
Our bedding sees a lot of action. We sweat in it, we shed skin cells in it, and we even drool on it while we sleep. That’s why it’s important to wash our bedding regularly. At least once a week, strip your bed and wash all the sheets, pillowcases, and blankets in hot water and detergent. If you have an extra-large bed or you’re washing an expensive comforter, separate them into two loads so they get washed separately from smaller items like sheet sets.
If you may be too busy, try to still change out your pillowcase weekly. Sheets can still last biweekly.
Contact Us! As you’re thinking about the last time you cleaned these things, you may realize that your home could use a deep cleaning!
We recommend signing up for a one-time, weekly, biweekly, or monthly cleaning service with Plan B Cleaning. This will give you the time to do what you love most and enjoy the fall festivities in Fishers, Indiana. Plan: B Cleaning serves the Hamilton County area in Indiana, including Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, Fortville, and Geist. Call today to set up your cleaning service at (317) 572-8515 or visit our website at www.planbcleaning.com.