No matter how often you clean your house, there will always be a few areas you will overlook. Your house is where you spend most of your time, cook your meals, and sleep, and you deserve to live somewhere clean and hygienic.
Here is a look at the dirtiest areas of your home, so that you can have a better idea of what you should be cleaning more often.
The kitchen is one of the dirtiest places in your home. There are many things which you may forget to clean, and your chopping board is one of them. You cut raw meat on it and use it to prepare other foods, so it needs more than a quick wipe with a washcloth to get it clean. The sponge in your kitchen is used to clean your dirty dishes and can harbour lots of bacteria, so you should replace it at least once a week. If you have pets, you should clean their food bowls as often as you clean the dishes your family use.
It’s rare that people clean the inside of their kettle or coffee maker. Limescale can build up in your kettle and it isn’t pleasant to find mould in your coffeemaker. You should give them a regular clean and descale to make sure they’re in top working condition. Your refrigerator can get quite dirty, and with all the things you pile in there, such as unwashed veg and containers that have been sitting on supermarket shelves, you should wipe down the shelves often.
Taking out the rubbish and replacing the bin liner won’t keep your bin clean. Your trash bag could leak or the garbage that piles up inside you bin can touch the lid, so you should clean your bin every week.
Your bedding can accumulate dead skin cells, oils, sweat, and dust. Many people don’t wash their bedding as often as they should, and this can cause skin irritation and acne breakouts. Change your sheets every week and change your pillowcases every 2–3 days. As well as cleaning your bed sheets, you should clean underneath your bed. Your wardrobe can contain dust and mothballs, and you need to clean inside it frequently. After all, why would you hang your clean laundry in a dirty wardrobe?
The Living Room
This is the main area where everyone socialises, and it’s dirtier than you might think. Vacuuming your carpet will only keep it so clean, and you should deep-clean it every 3–6 months. Everyone in your home handles the TV remote, and since you don’t know when they last washed their hands or what germs they’ve come into contact with, you should regularly clean it with antibacterial wipes.
Everyone sits on the couch, and the cushions can get just as dirty as your bed sheets. Most sofa cushions have zippers or buttons so you can easily remove the covers to wash them. And just as you would clean under your bed, you should clean under the couch and behind it.
As you can understand, the toilet is the dirtiest part of your bathroom. You may clean it on a weekly basis, but you should also scrub the floor around the toilet. The taps are one of the dirtiest parts of the bathroom, since they are used by everyone who goes in there. If you have a toothbrush holder or have a cup in which you keep your toothbrush, then you should clean it once a week.
Cleaning your bathtub or shower should be common practice, but if you don’t clean your showerhead regularly, you’ll have to deal with limescale build-up, which can affect your water pressure. You should wash your shower curtain as mould and mildew can grow on it.
Air ducts circulate the air around your home. It’s important to keep them clean, because dust, dirt and debris can build up inside your air ducts and compromise the quality of air in your home. You can clean around the vents yourself, but you’ll probably need a professional to clean the ducts properly.
Windows and Doors
Cleaning your windows on the inside and outside can reduce the amount of damage caused to them over time. A build-up of dirt can cause scratches and other problems for the glass in your windows and can damage the seal of your double-glazing. If you find that your windows have already been damaged, then you should look into window glass repair services.
Doors are one of the most overlooked parts of your house. A clean front door can change the way your home looks, and it’s just as important to keep it just as clean as every other part of your house. Think about how many people put their eyes up to the peephole to see who’s at the door and how many people touch the doorknocker on the outside. Maintenance is just as important as keeping your door clean, and if the hinges are damaged or if the key gets stuck, then you should look into repairs. Think of it as an investment. If a business will invest in a commercial door repair service to keep their place of business looking clean and neat, then you should put the same effort in to cleaning and maintaining your home.
A few other things that can quickly collect dust and dirt are your doormat, light switches, and the door handles. Everyone should put more effort into cleaning their homes, and now that you know all of the dirtiest areas of your house, you can make sure that you clean them more often.
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