27 Filthy Things You Should Be Cleaning
We touch doorknobs every day, but when was the last time you cleaned it? Probably not in a while (unless someone was sick). It takes barely any time and this can keep your house so much cleaner (and healthier).
I tend to just throw my cutting board in the dishwasher when I’m done using it, but that’s not always the best way to clean it. Every now and then, you should deep clean your cutting board. Depending on the material, this will be different, but it definitely helps keep germs down in the kitchen.
Handles for cupboards, drawers, dressers, closets, etc., are all nasty filthy. Wherever there’s a handle, there should also be cleaning happening.
Sinks can get pretty nasty, especially the kitchen sink! Make sure you’re cleaning the whole sink (faucet, knobs, soap dispenser, etc.). This will keep it in good condition and also stop germs from spreading.
You should also be cleaning all the drains in your house on a regular basis, especially the shower and sink drain. You can make a combination of hot water, baking soda, and vinegar, or you can go with another type of cleaner.
Door frames never seem to get cleaned, and I don’t know why. During your cleating routine, take a few extra seconds and wipe down the door frame (on both sides).
You should also be cleaning the walls on a regular basis (especially bathroom walls). Get up high to clean away any dirt and cobwebs, but also clean at your eye level so grime doesn’t stick around.
You can’t forget the baseboards, either. Lots of people just don’t clean them because they’re so far down there, but they collect lots of little germs. Cleaning them with a dryer sheet actually works pretty well, too.
Although your dishwasher cleans things, it also needs to be cleaned every once in a while. You can either put a cup of vinegar on the top rack and run it or you can put some lemon Kool-Aid in the soap dispenser and run it. Both ways will break down nasty build up and make your dishwasher clean again.
Cleaning your hairbrush is essential in order for it to work properly and remain in good condition. Cleaning depends on the type you have, but make sure you pull all the caught hair out and fix any of the bristles that might be damaged.
If you use a loofah in the shower, then that needs to be cleaned. Soaking it in vinegar for half an hour and then rinsing it should do the trick. All the soap scum and dead skin cells will come right out of it!
Although you can’t really see your stove drip pans, it doesn’t mean they don’t need to be cleaned! When you clean the burners, also take the drip pans and make sure they’re taken care of.
Your washing machine needs to be cleaned, as well. Not only should you clean the inside of it (see owner’s manual for instructions), but you should also wipe down the buttons and knobs and any hidden nooks and crannies that may need it.
Have you ever taken all the silverware out of your silverware holder to see what it looks like? It’s probably covered in dust, crumbs, and other grime. You don’t want your clean silverware sitting in that, so make sure you clean the holder regularly.
Not many people do this, but your fridge’s coils should be cleaned. It mainly involves wiping them down and/or removing dust, but it keeps the fridge running smoother and safer. Plus, it will be clean!
Cleaning your shoes, especially if you use them a lot, is a must. Depending on the type of shoe and material, cleaning will be different, but all shoes need a good cleaning. You should also deodorize the inside of your shoes, too.
When was the last time you cleaned your pillow? If it has those nasty yellow sweat stains, then it’s probably been WAY too long. Some pillows can go straight into the washing machine, while others need a gentler touch. Look at the instructions and give it a good clean!
Showerheads are pretty easy to clean, but most people don’t do it. Simple fill a baggy with vinegar, tie it around the showerhead, leave it there for a few hours, and then remove the baggy.
You should make sure that all the curtains in your house are being cleaned. That means the shower curtain, too! The material will dictate the cleaning process, but don’t let that deter you. They need to be cleaned!
You should also clean the blinds as well. Again, the type of blinds and the material they’re made from will determine how you clean them, but they need to be cleaned. If they’re wooden blinds, polishing is also a good idea.
There’s no point in vacuuming and trying to clean if your vacuum filter is dirty. It will just kick all the dirt and dust right back out. Some vacuum filters can even be washed in the dishwasher, which makes it much easier!
When was the last time you actually cleaned your keyboard? If you’re like me, the answer is never. Usually a simple wipe down will work, but you may have to remove some of the keys and clean around the hole, if necessary.
I’d never even thought about cleaning my keys. But it’s so true! Keys touch so many things and get germs from EVERYWHERE, but we don’t really clean them. And it’s so easy. A bit of warm soap and water won’t hurt them, but it will make them clean!
Your comforter should probably be cleaned and washed about twice a year. It may be more, depending on where you live and how much you use it. Whatever the schedule, just make sure the comforter is getting washed.
Make sure you’re cleaning the light switches and light switch plates in your home. Everyone touches these, so they’re definitely germ holders. A simple wipe down with a disinfectant wipe should do the trick.
Cleaning the mattress is so important, yet so many people don’t do it. A really simple way to clean it is mix essential oils with baking powder, sift the mixture onto the mattress, let it sit for a while, and then vacuum it up.
If you use contacts, then you know how dirty a contact case can get. Make sure you’re cleaning it regularly (at least once a month). Not only does this keep things clean, it also keeps your eyes healthy.