In need of a guideline on how often you should clean household items? Well, here you go. Take full advantage of this period, and spare no effort in sprucing your home up!
1. Kitchen Counters: Daily
Since we are having more meals at home recently, it's of vital importance to keep the kitchen clean. Make sure you wipe down the counter everyday with an antibacterial spray and keep the knives you use to chop up raw meat clean.
2. Toilet: Daily
Cleaning the toilet can be sheer torture for most people, but the truth is it's totally worthwhile. Just pour vinegar inside your toilet, and let it sit for ten minutes, then flush it. All done!
3. Smartphone: Daily
Don't be oblivious to the cleanliness of your handset, one of the germiest items in your home. It builds up dust and bacteria right under your nose. Apply rubbing alcohol to sanitize your smartphone daily, and it can minimize the potential risks.
4. Humidifier: Every Three Days
When people think of cleaning their household items, cleaning products like humidifiers may never spring to mind. Actually, they do need sanitizing every three days: and you'd better do the work with bleach or vinegar.
5. Towels: After Around Four Uses
Overdone is worse than undone. People who wash towels after every single use may be overdoing it. To keep them germ-free, wash them in hot water that is over 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Washing them after four uses or so is highly recommended.
6. Make-up Brushes: Weekly
People apply makeup with brushes to perfect their appearance, be it foundation or eyeshadow, and unwashed brushes can be really detrimental to the skin. Sanitize them weekly with soapy water to get rid of troublesome bacteria.
7. Remote Controls: Weekly
Another frequently handled item in our house is the remote control, where dirt and germs set up camp easily. Hence, they do deserve a thorough cleaning every week. Remove the batteries before you scrub the buttons and the in-between spaces, with a mild soapy solution.
8. The Kitchen Floor: Weekly
Where there is food, dirt collects. As a result, the kitchen floor can become extremely greasy in just a couple of days. Keep handy some floor cleaning products and at least mop the floor on a weekly basis.
9. Rugs And Carpets: Weekly
To avoid your rugs and carpets from breeding germs, and from harboring dead skin cells and pet hairs, you'd better get them vacuumed once a week. Otherwise, they could become a disaster zone.
10. Computer Keyboards: Weekly
Now that most of us are working from home, it's likely we spend several hours pounding the computer keyboard. They are great at trapping dirt and dust. Therefore, having them sanitized should be part of your weekly cleaning schedule.
11. Bed Linen: Weekly
Sleeping on a clean bed sheet can be really comfortable, whereas a smelly and dusty one is quite the opposite. It comes into contact with your skin, so wash your bed sheet weekly to decrease the chances of your allergies acting up, and to eliminate dust mites.
12. Picture Frames/Ornaments: Weekly
Now picture a family photo with a thick layer of grim. It doesn't feel good, right? To properly enjoy your precious memory from time to time, you may as well keep the dust off your picture frames and other ornaments once a week.
13. Razors: Replace Every Two Weeks
Do you know that nasty infections can be caused by a grimy razor? In fact, it becomes a potential danger once goes blunt with hair and dead skin cell building up. It is recommended to keep it sanitary after each use, and to replace the blade every week or two.
14. Furniture: Monthly
We suppose furniture is the last thing that would appear on your cleaning schedule. Actually, fabrics tend to hold onto the invisible things, let alone the space below the sofa. So remember to give them a good clean each month.
15. Dishwasher: Monthly
Perhaps you are leaving out an important item to clean. That's the dishwasher. It should get wiped down every month, so that the dishes won't be unhygienic. Use a cleaning solution to wipe its front, and remove the filters before emptying it. Next put white vinegar in the bottom and run a normal washing cycle.
16. Air Conditioner Filters: Monthly
To protect yourself from inhaling a barrage of dust and dirt, clean the air conditioner filters monthly. If possible, replace them regularly so that you won't be exposed to those airborne germs and allergens.
17. Shower Curtains: Monthly
Washing shower curtains doesn't mean exhaustion. You can take it down and wash it in the washing machine. Just make sure to let it air dry, and that you get rid of any soap scum and mildew. A few drops of essential oil will help, too.
18. Ceiling Fans: Every Three Months
With the ceiling fans so high up, many people ignore that it’s up there until the dust bunnies have already taken over. To prevent the dust buildup, use a pillowcase to dust the top of your fan blades once a week. And you can throw it in the wash when it's done.
19. Pillows: Every Three Months
Pillows can play host to debris and critters like oil, dirt, skin cells and even dust mites. To handle the cleaning task easily, buy down-alternative pillows. They can go in the washing machine while feather pillows need to be dry cleaned.
20. Fridge: Every Three Months
To keep your fridge in tip-top shape, you should wash the inside at least every three months. Otherwise, it gets smelly and sticky. Mold, bacteria, and spills in the refrigerator can put you at risk of food poisoning. A cleaning spray and paper towel is the way to go.