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We all know to clean our toilets regularly and scrub down the kitchen counters, but there are certain spots in your home that could be disguising dirt without you even realizing it.

  1. Door handles: Don’t ignore your handles. Everyone touches them all day, so they’re an easy spot for germs to build up. Use a multi-purpose cleaner and cloth to wipe down handles whenever you’re cleaning.
  2. Faucets: The nozzle where the water comes out will experience a build-up of mildew and dirt if you don’t clean it, dirtying your water and spreading bacteria around your home. Remove the faucet aerator every couple months and soak in vinegar. Use a toothbrush to clean the other parts and remove all residue.
  3. The top of your kitchen cabinets: You probably clean inside your cabinets, but the area on top can be hard to reach and easy to forget. Years of dust can build up – so get up on that stepladder and use a brush or vacuum nozzle to clean up the surface.
  4. The refrigerator: Your fridge needs to be given a good scrub often to avoid bacteria and germs. It may seem like a tiring task, but when done regularly it shouldn’t take too long. Remove the shelf from the fridge and wash in your sink with hot water and dishwasher liquid. Clean thoroughly then wipe with a microfiber cloth. The walls of your fridge can be cleaned with a sponge and cloth for a squeaky clean finish.
  5. The remote control: This may seem like an odd thing to clean, but remote controls get handled all of the time by hands in various states of cleanliness. Germs can easily accumulate on your remote, causing illness and bugs. Keep disinfectant wipes in your living room and give the remotes a wipe down several times a week.
  6. Your toothbrush cup: Many of us keep our toothbrushes in a cup on the bathroom sink. They can sit there for months on end before anyone thinks to check inside the cup and give it a good clean. Anything that’s in your bathroom is at risk for high levels of bacteria, so it’s important to clean this cup regularly. Soak the cup in warm water and bleach for half an hour, then rinse and soak in clean water to remove bleach.

 

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