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11 Things You Should Be Cleaning More Often

February 28, 2018

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There is always something to be cleaned. … Besides the daily or regular cleaning chores, what things around your home are you forgetting to clean?

1. Sink + drain 
You might assume that because you wash dishes in your sink that it’s clean. It’s not. Not

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even close. In fact, we published recently that the kitchen sink is actually dirtier than your toilet seat.  (I can’t even begin to tell you how much this bothers me)

How often should I clean it? Clean out the sink and drain daily.
We suggest: Kitchen Cloth
Pro Tip: Run the drain trap through the dishwasher once a week.

2. Door handles and 3. Light switches
This is important all year round, but particularly during cold and flu season. Hand washing will help to decrease the amount of germs, but especially if you have kids, you’ll still want to be diligent about this.

How often should I clean it? During peak illness season, make this a priority once per week. Otherwise, every two weeks should be sufficient.
We suggest: General Purpose Cloth

4. Desktop
Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a gross theme going here: your desktop contains “400 time more bacteria than on a toilet seat.” (Dr. Germ, microbiologist at the University of Arizona).  If you eat your lunch at your desk, it’s most likely even more.

How often should I clean it? Cleaning your desktop weekly is a good habit to get into. Pay special attention to your mouse and keyboard!
We suggest: Office Cleaning Set
Pro Tip: While you’re at it, clean your computer/laptop screen with the Personal Electronics Cleaning Cloth. It removes over 99% of bacteria!

5. Remotes
Remotes are easily be some of the dirtiest things in your home that you forget to clean. If

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Photo: Unsplash – Immo Wegmann

your kids are like mine, they are not only constantly touching them and taking them over, but putting them near their mouths. (Does anyone else’s kids do that? Why is that!?)

How often should I clean it? Honestly, if you have the time, this could be done daily.
We suggest: General Purpose Cloth

6. Dishwasher
To keep your dishwasher running in tip top shape (i.e. actually cleaning your dishes), it’s best to do a manual cleaning. We recently published a quick and easy set of instructions to follow. Check it out!

How often should I clean it? It makes sense to do this chore on a monthly basis. Or schedule it in when you’re doing a deep clean.
We suggest: Kitchen Cloth

7. Washer and dryer
This is an important task for several reasons:
– A dirty washer harbors bacteria!
– Dryers are common causes of household fires because of excess lint!
Making sure they’re both clean on a regular basis will keep your family healthier and give you some added peace of mind.

How often should I clean it? Make a point to clean them on a monthly basis.
We suggest: Wash & Wipe Dish Cloths for the washer and the Cleaning & Dusting Wand for the dryer
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to remove lint from inside the dryer tubing and the outside vent.

8. Refrigerator
The refrigerator easily accumulates spills, stickiness and bacteria. I’m sure you don’t want that around your food. This also gives you the opportunity to go through and throw out questionable or expired food items.

How often should I clean it?
A good routine to get into is cleaning it out right before you go grocery shopping.  Another good option is cleaning it out the morning of trash day, so that expired food isn’t collecting in your trash for days on end. Both of these choices allow you to clean when there is way there’s less to clean around and it’s clean when you add your newly purchased food.
We suggest: Kitchen Cloth, Glass & Polishing Cloth, and Kitchen Dynamo
Pro Tip: Pay special attention to ice dispensers and fruit and veggie drawers

9. Car
Cleaning your car is actually a matter of safety. Your car’s interior is a dust magnet! Make sure you remove those allergens regularly. You’ll want to keep your windshield and windows clean and streak-free as well. As for the exterior, dirt and debris can scratch the paint.

How often should I clean it? Dust the interior and clean windows on a monthly basis. The exterior can go a bit a longer depending on where you live, the weather and how picky you are about your car, but a good rule of thumb would be every two months or so.
We suggest: Car Cleaning Kit, Window Genie and Dusting Cloths

10. Makeup brushes
Dermatologists recommend cleaning makeup brushes regularly to prevent buildup of

Dermatologists recommend cleaning makeup brushes regularly to prevent buildup of  product which can in turn cause bacteria growth. (Because brush hairs are typically porous, they easily hold onto oil and bacteria. Ew!) How often should I clean it? Cleaning brushes weekly -- or more! -- is important!  We suggest: General Purpose Cloth and Kitchen Towel Pro Tip: Never thought to clean your makeup brushes with an e-cloth? Here's how: - Wet brushes under warm to hot water.  - Use a wet General Purpose Cloth to gently clean brushes. Take care to get both the base and tip of the brush hairs. (You can add a little facial cleanser here too.) - Rinse well under warm to hot water. - Repeat if necessary. Once the water runs clear you know you're done. - Dab with an absorbent towel to remove excess water and then allow to air dry. 
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product which can in turn cause bacteria growth. (Because brush hairs are typically porous, they easily hold onto oil and bacteria. Ew!)

How often should I clean it? Cleaning brushes weekly — or more! — is important!
We suggest: General Purpose Cloth and Kitchen Towel
Pro Tip: Never thought to clean your makeup brushes with an e-cloth? Here’s how:
– Wet brushes under warm to hot water.
– Use a wet General Purpose Cloth to gently clean brushes. Take care to get both the base and tip of the brush hairs. (You can add a little facial cleanser here too.)
– Rinse well under warm to hot water.
– Repeat if necessary. Once the water runs clear you know you’re done.
– Dab with an absorbent towel to remove excess water and then allow to air dry.

11. And the big one: cell phone
We’ve said it a million times, but your phone is one of the dirtiest things you’ll touch on a daily basis. Cleaning it is one of the easiest ways to prevent bacteria across many surfaces. (Think about what your phone touches! Or maybe you don’t want to…)

How often should I clean it? DAILY!! Is it too much if we said a couple times per day?
We suggest: Personal Electronics Cleaning Cloth
Pro Tip: Keep it handy with a Cloth in your purse, in your desk drawer, in the car, all of the above so you can clean your phone whenever the mood suits you.

Do you have any suggestions to add to this list? Share your ideas with us in the Comments section below.

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