A clean home is a happy home. But even if you are diligent about cleaning everything and ensuring that all aspects of your home are absolutely spotless, you may still be missing some things. Germs are invisible but it doesn’t mean that they are not there. There are actually six things in your home that you should clean every day to prevent the spread of germs.
- Dirty Dishes
If you do not have a dishwasher, it’s very important to wash the dishes every day. Even if you do have a dishwasher, make sure all dishes are in it and not piling up in the sink. Making sure to wash the dishes and/or putting them away not only keeps the kitchen cleaner but it will make the chore easier, as opposed to washing countless of forgotten dishes. If you can’t wash them all right away, at least rinse them off well to make them easier to clean later.
Don’t think that washing your hands and the dishes is equated to cleaning the sink. It actually has the opposite effect. Grime and bacteria is left behind each time you wash your hands. An efficient way to clean the sink is to use a sponge to remove any marks, then plug the drain, then fill the sink with warm water. Add a few drops of dish soap to the sink and wash it with a clean microfiber towel. Afterwards, rinse the sink with clean water.
- Hand and Dish Towels
The hand towels in the washroom and the dish towels in the kitchen are the most used towels in any household. Make sure to put out fresh clean towels every day. If you want to freshen up the dingy towels, put them in the washer with the usual detergent, but add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle – it will remove any residue from the detergent and have the towels look brand new again.
- Kitchen Counters
Kitchen counters are useful…for putting things on, such as your keys, mail, purse, dirty dishes and of course, food. This is why it is important to wipe up any spills right away to avoid stains and to clean the counter every day. Use a non-abrasive cleaner to clean the counter.
- Shower Walls
Keep the shower walls nice and clean by drying them after every use. You can keep them dry by using a squeegee after each shower. This will help prevent any mildew and water stains from developing, which will make the shower a hassle to clean. Once a week you can do a deeper clean with a heavy duty bathroom cleaning product.
- Pet’s Eating Area
Lastly, if you own any pets, especially dogs or cats, you might notice that they aren’t exactly the neatest eaters. Some actually wander away from their dish as they eat their food. This kind of dirt can accumulate and can get sticky (because it’s mixed with saliva). A good way to clean this area is to give it a good wipe down every day with a damp microfiber cloth.