10 things in your house that need a good wipe down
Newsflash: your bin is literally filled with rubbish. Your kitchen’s spotless, your bathroom’s a delight, your bedroom is spick and span… but often we forget about the little things that still need to be cleaned, no matter how insignificant they might seem. Here’s our guide.
1. Your walls. OK, it sounds a little odd, but your walls are probably covered with scuff marks, stray handprints – even cooking grime. Sugar soap and water work wonders – it might even look like you got your place newly painted!
2. Doorknobs and light switches. Just think of how often you touch these – and how infrequently you clean them. A simple spray and wipe as part of your weekly clean will do.
3. Your bin. It’s filled with rubbish! Take out the bag, then take the bin outside. Rinse it thoroughly, inside and out, then scrub with a long-handled brush and soap. Rinse and allow to air dry in the sun. When you’re done, pop a handful of ground coffee or bicarb soda in the bottom to nix bad smells.
4. Window frames. They can get filled with dust and grime, and definitely deserve a spray and wipe down at least once a month, especially if you have kids with allergies.
5. TV remotes and game controllers. Again, your hands are all over these, all the time. Wipe with an antibacterial cloth or an alcohol wipe every week.
6. Wooden chopping boards. Especially if you use them to prepare raw meat. Rinse with boiling water, then cover with a generous layer of salt, a natural antibacterial agent. Leave for ten minutes and rinse again with boiling water.
7. Your toothbrush. Think about it: your toothbrush goes in your mouth, gets rinsed with water… and that’s it? Nope. Rinse with boiling water once a week, and then soak in hydrogen peroxide for a few hours. Rinse once more with boiling water and leave to dry.Your toothbrush Think about it: your toothbrush goes in your mouth, gets rinsed with water… and that’s it? Nope. Rinse with boiling water once a week, and then soak in hydrogen peroxide for a few hours. Rinse once more with boiling water and leave to dry.
8. Your kitchen sponge. It’s convenient and quick… and probably teeming with bacteria. Clean yours by pouring boiling water over it and leaving it to air dry, or by microwaving on high for a minute. Try to do one of these every day. Replace your sponges every few weeks.
9. Eco-friendly shopping bags. Canvas bags can simply be added to your wash, but for nylon bags, wash by hand with warm, soapy water and allow to air dry.
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10. Fan blades. Have a look at yours – especially in winter, when you don’t use fans as much – to see how much dust has accumulated. Wipe down with a moist cloth once a month or so