Everyone wants to have a clean home, and there is a general rule or schedule of places and things that need to be cleaned in your home, such as:
- Refrigerator shelves should be cleaned and disinfected once per month
- Toilets should be scrubbed and cleaned inside and out about every week
- Sinks should be cleaned and bleached twice per week or more often
However, it is usually the surfaces, objects, places and things around the home that don’t necessarily have a set cleaning schedule that quickly become the dirtiest, most germ-infested places in your home. Today, we are going to look at some of these objects and places and try to devise a rough cleaning schedule for them — so your home is safe and clean.
Be Sure To Clean Sponges
Personally, we are a bit extreme with this one, as sponges can soak up a lot of germs, viruses and contaminates that will make you sick with salmonella and other foodborne illnesses. We recommend to buy sponges in bulk, and to throw them away often. Sponges can usually be found in your local dollar store, so our advice is to stock up with a ridiculous amount, so that you are not tempted to use the same sponge for too long. If you really want to get the most out of your sponges, we recommend that you clean the sponges after every use involving food. There are two ways to disinfect your sponges:
- Microwave sponge (After being soaked in water) for about 3 minutes to allow the water to boil and steam away any harmful bacteria.
- Soak in a bleach solution (usually 1 cap full to every quart of water) for 15 to 20 minutes.
Be Sure To Clean Your Cutting Boards
Cutting boards that are used to cut meats, vegetables and other food items in your home can become dirty quickly, and any food matter left on the board can quickly feed a growth of bacteria. We firstly recommend that you have more than one cutting board — at least 1 for meats and another for non-meats — with 3 being the best amount, so that you have an extra one while the others are being cleaned and sanitized.
Cleaning the cutting boards is easy, just scrub the boards with a clean sponge until they are free of food, make a bleach solution of 1 1 cap full of bleach to every quart of water and soak the boards for 15 to 20 minutes. Scheduling this depends on how much you cook and use the boards. For a cook that makes food every single night of the week, soaking in the bleach solution is recommended 1-2 times per week.
Be Sure To Clean Your Pillows
We all should be cleaning our pillows more often than we really are. Pillows collect a lot of sweat, skin cells, and other gross things during their use, and should be cleaned very-regularly. Cleaning pillows is easy — depending on the materials they are made out of. Simply throw them in the clothes washer on the setting recommended on the tag to get them perfectly cleaned. When it comes to a schedule for replacing pillows, again this depends on the type of pillows you have and prefer. We prefer the cheap $7 per pillows from the local megastore, and we throw the old ones away and replace them every 10-14 months.
Be Sure To Clean Your Laundry Basket
Ah ha! You probably hadn’t thought much about that one, right? It is easy to forget laundry baskets too need to be cleaned, because usually, by the time the basket is empty, you think all of the cleaning/laundry you had to do was already done. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Laundry baskets can get quite filthy from all of the dirty, sweaty clothes that it gets filled with. Depending on the type you have, dictates how often you should clean it. If you have a cloth laundry basket that can be washed, wash it along with clothes or by itself every 1-2 loads. If you own the plastic type of laundry basket, wash it with a bleach solution in a large sink or with bleach solution in a spray bottle.
Be Sure To Clean Your Drip Coffee Maker
When it comes to coffee makers, you may have a build up of bacteria or other contaminates anywhere inside or outside of the machine, but what we are concentrating on today, is cleaning the inside of the machine. While the inside probably won’t have too much dirt or bacteria inside it, it most likely has buildup from minerals in the water you are using to brew your coffee. Don’t worry, this is an easy and inexpensive fix. Simply add white distilled vinegar into the contain that you normally fill with water for the coffee and turn on the machine. The vinegar will run through the machine in the same matter that water does in the brewing process, but the vinegar will break down any solids or minerals that have accumulated within the machine.
These are just a few ideas of places and objects that often get overlooked in the cleaning process, but as we are freaks about cleaning, we will be sure to bring our readers even more. Check back often for the best cleaning ideas and articles to help you have a safer, cleaner home.