You, your family and/or cleaning service have a daily, weekly and monthly routine about what to clean. Once a week you vacuum, clean the bathrooms, do the laundry and so on. Once a quarter, you might scrub the carpet and change the air conditioning filter. And then you do the things like, cleaning the gutters, when you see they are not working any longer. However, there are many items in your home that are full of germs, pollen and dust mites that need your attention on a regular basis. Here are 15 of the most neglected items in your home plus when and how to clean them.
They may look clean, but they can hold a lot of dust, pollen and dander, especially if you have a fireplace. When to clean: Take all your curtains down once a year. Mark your calendar for April because if you have a fireplace, the season will be over by this time. How to clean: If your curtains are made of linen or silk, take them to the dry cleaners. Cotton ones can go into the washing machine, but be sure to hang dry them.
Air conditioning and heating filters can move around germs and pollen in your home. In addition, if not replaced on a regular basis, they can cause your furnace or central AC unit to work harder, causing a spike in your fuel bills in addition to shortening the life of your furnace. When to replace: Monthly
Reusable Grocery Bags
These bags can be a haven for bacteria. When to clean: Weekly How to clean: Put in weekly laundry on a hot water setting.
This can be another haven for bacteria, especially if you eat around the computer. When to clean: Weekly How to clean: You can use disinfectant wipes or simple soap and water. If you use the latter, be sure to squeeze most of the water out of the paper towel or cloth before going over the keyboard. Dryer sheets are an excellent way to routinely keep that keyboard dust-free.
The water and food bowls can hold germs and retain that pet “smell” many people complain about. When to clean: Daily How to clean: Wash with hot water and dish soap.
Living Room/Family Room
These are where dust mites love to live. When to clean: Monthly How to clean: Vacuuming the pillows can loosen up the dust. Inserts can go into the wash. Put them in the dryer on low heat so there is no damage to the fabric.
These can be a conduit for germs; especially if you have pets. When to clean: Monthly How to clean: Throw them into the washer on cold water with a delicate cycle.
Every person that uses your facility touches these mats, which makes them a great place for germs to hide. When to clean: Monthly How to clean: Put in the washer. If they have a rubber back, avoid the dryer and hang dry.
When to clean: Monthly How to clean: Put hot water and dish soap into the blender. Hit blend and let it run for a few seconds. Rinse several times and allow to air dry.
Skinny Necked Bottles
When to clean: Monthly How to clean: Fill the bottle with water. Put a denture tablet into the water and let it set overnight. The next morning, scrub the inside of the bottle with a bottle brush.
When to clean: At least twice a year, April and October How to clean: Before using the self-clean option, wipe down all racks, pans and surfaces inside the oven. Clean the oven window with white vinegar and water. Pour salt on all baking spills. Then, set your oven for clean.
When to clean: Every April How to clean: Go outside and take the cover off the dryer vent tube and vacuum it. Return inside and remove the flue-tube from the dryer and vacuum it. This task can also prevent a fire and thus, becomes a safety issue.
When to clean: The beginning and end of the outdoor season. April and October How to clean: A solution of vinegar and water should work on the pieces. On the upholstering, wipe it down with a wet rag.
When to clean: This depends on use, but at a minimum once a year in October How to clean: Use a handheld steamer and then if any residue is left, use the wire brush.
When to clean: Every November How to clean: You will need an extension ladder, gloves and someone on the ground spotting the ladder. It is a messy job that requires digging into the gutters and removing the debris that has collected all year long. Ugh! Better yet hire this work done!
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