CLEANING TIPS

The Dirtiest Spots In The House – And How To Clean Them

Cleaning the toilet is widely renowned as the dirtiest job in the house, with so many stories about the millions of germs and bacteria that reside under the seat and within the basin. But did you know there are a number of other locations around the house that are home to huge amounts of bacteria? Some of them are completely innocuous places that would never have expected to be so dirty. Check out our list of the dirtiest places in the home, and how to ensure they’re as germ-free as possible.

Doorknobs and cupboard handles

Imagine how many people touch the door handles in your home every day. Now think of the last time you cleaned them properly. If the thought has sent a shiver down your spine, grab some antibacterial wipes and make a start on wiping down those doorknobs! The same applies for cupboard handles, especially in the kitchen, where people may have been handling different types of food before they touch the cupboards.

The TV remote

Your family might not have so many fights over the TV remote if they knew how many germs were thriving happily on the keys! Think of how many times the remote has slid between couch cushions, been dropped on the floor, been handled after eating greasy foods… it’s a hotbed for bacteria. Grab a microfibre cloth, lightly spritz it with cleaning fluid, and wipe the remote over thoroughly at least once a week.

Cleaning sponges and cloths

The very items you thought were your most powerful weapons in the fight against germs can actually be harbouring more bacteria than you’ve ever imagined. Yikes! Once a week, gather all of your sponges, cloths and dish rags together and put them on a very hot wash in your washing machine to freshen them up and kill any lingering bacteria.

 

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Light switches

These are along the same lines as doorknobs – every member of the family touches them numerous times throughout the day, and they’re rarely high on the list of areas to clean. In fact, light switches are one of the leading ways in which colds, flu and other illnesses can be passed around. If your family keep coming down with the sniffles every few weeks and can’t seem to shake it off, it might be time to give your light switches a good clean.

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Light switches

These are along the same lines as doorknobs – every member of the family touches them numerous times throughout the day, and they’re rarely high on the list of areas to clean. In fact, light switches are one of the leading ways in which colds, flu and other illnesses can be passed around. If your family keep coming down with the sniffles every few weeks and can’t seem to shake it off, it might be time to give your light switches a good clean.

Computer keyboards and mice

Computer or laptop keyboards pick up germs easily. If your teenage son has ever sat down to do his homework without washing his hands, if you’ve ever sneezed while shopping online, or if your partner has ever eaten their lunch over the keyboard, it’s likely there’s some pretty lively bacterial activity going on around your keys. Use an alcohol-based wipe to remove the germs from the keys, and shake out the crumbs on a regular basis to prevent build-up under the surface.

Looking for more home cleaning tips? Browse the Ready Maid blog for all the help and advice you need – or contact the team today to find out more about professional home cleaning services in the Sydney area.

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