Finished a day’s worth of chores and settled down to a clean home, feeling relaxed and accomplished?
Well, you might need to get back up to work on the often forgotten parts of the home where dirt and germs lurk unnoticed. Read on to find out the spots in your home that you’ve probably overlooked when cleaning.
1. Ceiling Fan
In the effort to dust all your belongings on ground level, you may have forgotten to look up! Ceiling fans accumulate lots of lint and dust, and turning it on can cause it to spread throughout the rest of your house. Wipe off the dust buildup regularly and spray with an air deodorizer to diffuse fresh scents around the room.
2. Door Knobs, Handles and Switches
Chances are, you’ve never thought of cleaning this part of the home. These get handled everyday by everyone, spreading germs and bacteria. Clean them regularly with disinfecting wipes or sprays to get rid of germs.
3. Remote Controls
These are also a hot spot for germs to sneakily collect by everyone using it. Use a disinfecting cloth to wipe down the surface. To clean between the buttons, use a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol.
4. Computer and TV Screens
Remove the dust, fingerprints and spots on your electronic screens and be surprised at how much brighter, sharper and more responsive it gets! To avoid damaging your electronics, be sure to clean them with care. Pressing too hard can damage delicate LCD screens and paper-based materials can leave scratches. Instead, wipe gently with a microfiber cloth.
Curtains may look clean to the naked eye, but they can trap dust mites, mold spores and other irritants that can worsen allergies. They should be washed every 3 to 6 months. While professional cleaning can be costly, taking down, washing and putting up bulky curtains sounds like a huge hassle. To cut down on the frequency of washing, invest in fabrics with water and stain repellency like Acacia Fabrics, available at The Curtain Boutique, leading Singapore Curtains & Blinds supplier. These quality fabrics are low maintenance and can last much longer without needing to be washed.
6. Throw Pillows/Cushions
Before you bury your face in those sofa pillows, remember they’re collecting dust, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells. Be sure to remove pillow covers for periodic cleaning according to the care instructions. Like curtains, go for high quality fabrics with water repellent properties to reduce the frequency of washing.
7. Bathroom Mats
Like door handles, bathroom mats come in contact with many pairs of feet daily, yet they may be neglected in the bathroom cleaning process. Remember to toss them in the washing machine once every few weeks.
8. Toothbrush Holder
Most of us remember to change our toothbrushes regularly, but we often forget about the container holding them. Toothbrush holders are a breeding ground for germs, bacteria and even mold that can potentially infect your toothbrushes. To clean a toothbrush holder, rinse with hot water and soak it in mouthwash for a few minutes before wiping down.
Next time you’re doing chores, remember to add these on the list!