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We may think of ourselves as clean freaks, making sure the toilet seat and floors are kept clean and germ free – but what about the forgotten germs? The things we touch several times a day but for some reason never think to clean on a regular basis. We all need a little reminder now and again, so we’ve listed our top 5 everyday items you forget to clean below.
Switches and Handles
Think about how often we open doors and turn on lights around the home every day. It’s even been said that a bathroom light switch can house as much bacteria as a rubbish bin – and you wouldn’t forget to clean your bin now would you?
To clean switches and handles around the home is super easy – just wipe over with disinfectant on a microfibre cloth to remove any nasty bacteria.
The shower gets used every day and is often top of the list to clean – but are you really as thorough as you think?
Clean your shower head every few weeks by filling a sandwich bag with white vinegar and tying it around the head. Let this soak for an hour, then remove the bag and turn on the shower to rinse. Finish by polishing with a cloth to look brand new.
We use our phones all the time (even on the toilet!) and don’t dare clean them for fear of damage, but there is a less abrasive way to kill those germs. Mix equal parts rubbing alcohol and water in a small spray bottle and shake. Lightly spray onto a microfibre cloth and rub all over your phone. Do this once a week to keep harmful germs away.
Channel hopping and family squabbles over what to watch means that germs quickly build up on the remote.
Before you start cleaning make sure you remove the batteries. Then use the same mixture and method as above to wipe down the remote, before using a cotton swab to get into the crevices. Finally, dry the remote, pop the batteries back in and let the squabbles commence.
Whether it’s listening to the latest podcast on your commute or your workout playlist at the gym headphones are used daily, and often left in your coat pocket between sessions collecting fluff and other bits of dirt. To clean, brush with an old toothbrush to remove earwax and other bits of dirt. Then dip a cotton swab in a gentle cleanser (e.g. soap and water) to clean the buds, and do the same with a cloth to clean the cords.
We’d love to hear what you’re guilty of forgetting to clean, so leave a comment below and maybe we can come up with some more tips to help you on your way to cleaning bliss!