If you’re the type that avoids cleaning until it’s absolutely necessary, you’re not alone. For most of us, just the thought of steam-cleaning our carpets or organizing the closet makes us want to run and hide. We all need a little motivation to clean, so we’ve collected some expert advice on how often you should clean individual items in your house and why. It turns out that your home is full of more germs than a public trash can. But it’s not just your toilet seat that’s riddled with bacteria; experts say that microwaves and computer keyboards are also very dirty. Are you interested in keeping your home cleaner than the average trash can? Read on and we’ll tell you exactly how often you should be house cleaning.

The Bathtub – How often should I clean it?

Answer: Every week

When you ask someone what’s the dirtiest fixture in their home, most of the time they’ll say the toilet. But according to research, bathtubs are the ones to watch out for. Experts compared the bacteria in bathtubs to garbage cans and found skin infection–causing bacteria in 26% of bathtubs compared to 6% of trash cans. Your bathtub is officially dirtier than the trash, so you need to clean your bathtub just as often as your toilet. Every. Single. Week.

My Towels – How often should I clean them?

Answer: After three uses

You’re cleaning your towels less often than you should. Most of us probably do it once a week, but science says that’s not enough. Researchers have found that your towel holds millions of dead skin cells after only three uses. So after three uses, throw that towel in the hamper and avoid that musty dirty water smell.

Bed Linens – How often should I clean them?

Answer: Every one to two weeks

Good news: your bed linens aren’t as dirty as you might think. Dust mites are the main concern in linens, but you’re mostly exposed to dust mites when you’re moving – not when you’re lying in bed. But before you stop washing your sheets entirely, be aware that dust mite exposure varies depending on your sleep routine. If you sleep in the nude or don’t shower after work, you should wash your bed linens at least once every one to two weeks.

Pillows – How often should I clean them?

Answer: Every three months

Pillowcases can help protect you and your bed from dust mites and dirt, but don’t forget to wash the pillow itself. We recommend once every three months. If you have allergies, pillows may have to be replaced as often as every six months. Fortunately, it’s fine for most people to keep a pillow for up to three years.

My Mattress – How often should I clean it?

Answer: Every two months

You regularly wash your linens, but how about your mattress? Mattresses and mattress pads need to be washed every two months. Mattress pads can just be tossed into the laundry. Mattresses can be cleaned with a simple vacuum job. After vacuuming, sprinkle baking soda on it to absorb odours and then spray the mattress with an anti-bacterial solution (such as Lysol).

The Carpet – How often should I clean it?

Answer: Every six to twelve months

We have some bad news for you: vacuuming doesn’t count as carpet cleaning. If you don’t regularly steam your floors, you could be harming your health. According to research, indoor air quality can be ten times worse than outdoor air if you don’t clean your floors and let fresh air inside regularly. Studies also say that your carpet can hold up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch. If you want your home to be a happy and healthy place, you should hire professional steam cleaners every six to twelve months (more if you have a pet).

Kitchen Countertops – How often should I clean them?

Answer: Every day

If you cook dinner regularly, you probably already wipe down kitchen surfaces after use. But a simple wipe down isn’t always enough. When you’re cleaning you need to focus on one key area. According to experts, countertops are dirtiest near the sink because people often use sponges contaminated with food. Our advice: wipe surfaces daily (paying special attention to the sink), launder washcloths weekly, and replace sponges every two to three weeks.

The Microwave – How often should I clean it?

Answer: Every week

For years, most people thought that cooking food in a microwave killed germs and made it safe to eat. Unfortunately, new research suggests that microwaving food doesn’t kill bacteria. With this in mind, keeping your microwave stain-free is very important. We recommend wiping your microwave’s surfaces down once a week and doing a deep cleaning every two weeks. Cleaning a microwave is simple. Here’s one simple trick: mix half a cup of water with half a cup of white vinegar and microwave it on high until you see steam. Use a sponge to wipe off the insides and you’re done.

The Fridge – How often should I clean it?

Answer: Every month

Researchers say salad drawers contain 750 times the safe level of bacteria, making them one of the most important places to clean regularly. Don’t just do this once a year in the spring. Your fridge requires a monthly cleaning.

My Computer – How often should I clean it?

Answer: Every week

70% of North Americans eat lunch at their desks, making computer keyboards a bacteria breeding ground. Studies find that keyboards hold five times the bacteria found on toilet seats, but 10% of people never clean them. You should set aside five minutes every a week to give your desk a disinfectant spray or wipe. Don’t forget to clean your mouse, and be sure to get in between the keys.

Having Trouble Keeping Up With Your Cleaning Schedule?

The Maids has offered Aurora cleaning services for decades and we believe that hiring a cleaner doesn’t have to be a luxury. We offer professional cleaning services at fair prices and are happy to clean your home on whatever schedule works for you. Yearly, monthly, weekly, one-offs – we do it all. Give us a call and we’ll handle the rest.