When you notice some dust forming on your bookshelf, you clean it. You see that the floor needs a good vacuum the moment you walk into a room. What you don’t see, however, is the hidden areas in your home that are slowly becoming dirtier and dirtier. These areas are sometimes hidden, other times you don’t think to clean them at all.
We are here to shed light (and cleaning products) on 5 of the secretly dirty places in your home.
Bacteria can live on hard surfaces for weeks, which is why it is important to clean surfaces frequently. One area that people overlook often is door handles. Think about how many times you touch the door to your living room, your kitchen or bathroom. You are transferring any bacteria you have picked up from one room to another.
Disinfect your door handles at least two times a week to minimise illnesses such as colds.
While you are eating, do you watch TV? Do you let guests switch the channel? How many times has the remote fallen to the floor? Been lost behind couch cushions or been taken to the toilet to stop someone changing the channel?
You should clean your remote control regularly; however, you can’t directly spray it with disinfectant and call it a day. Before you attempt cleaning your remote, remove the batteries. Some people use a toothbrush to clean their remote while others use a small amount of washing up liquid combined with water. You apply the combination of water and soap with a cotton bud, making sure not to use too much. Have a cloth on hand to wipe your remote control.
Thousands of dead skin cells form in your bedding, and you can’t even see it. Dust mites and other bacteria will form, which is why it is recommended that you wash your sheets weekly. You could go for two weeks without changing your bedding; however, this is only if you are busy.
When you vacuum your floors, do you use the typical vacuum extensive to clean your skirting boards? Dead skin cells, dust and more can form on your skirting board; however, they tend to be overlooked. You can also combine water and soap to clean your skirting board with a cloth after vacuuming the top layer of dust.
Cleaning your skirting boards can make your room feel brighter, bigger and, of course, cleaner.
If you look behind your radiator right now, chances are it will be filled with dust. Dust can prevent a convector radiator from heating up properly, which means it has to work harder to heat your room, and that can lead to a higher utility bill.
Before you clean your radiator, make sure your heating is switched off, and then start with the vacuum cleaner. Use the attachment of your vacuum to collect any dust behind and around your radiator. Some people have resorted to using a hairdryer to blow the dust out of their radiator, and then collect it with the vacuum cleaner.
Now you know 5 of the secretly dirty places in your home, it might be time to pull on the marigolds and get started! After you are done, sit back and admire how much cleaner your home looks.