Places in Your Home That Are Dirtier Than You Think
While there are a number of household jobs that undoubtedly need to be cleaned and disinfected – such as the toilet, countertops, and floors – as many are flying under the radar. Often these are touch-sensitive areas or locations where bacteria, dirt, and grime naturally accumulate due to the frequency of their use.
As a rule of thumb, you should clean, disinfect, or disinfect these areas once or twice a day, says Carolyn Forté, director of the Household Appliances and Cleaning Products Laboratory at the Good Housekeeping Institute. But what exactly should you do? Forté says that those below 8 points are likely to need your attention.
That may sound obvious, but how often do you do it? Really Clean door handles? The easiest way to fix this: wipe visible dust with a dry cloth. give them a good scrub with a foamy towel, give them a good scrub; then rinse.
Zap any remaining bacteria with a disinfectant such as Microban 24 that initially kills 99.9% of the bacteria and works all day to kill bacteria for 24 hours. Let it rest for five minutes, then wipe it off with a cloth.
2. Light switch
Have you ever thought about how often you turn the lights on and off? (Answer: a lot – especially if the children like to start them and you are always the one who turns them off.) To remove all this dirt, clean the light regularly with a wipe.
Think of all the things you touch before turning on the tap. (A little nasty, isn’t it?) Start with the preferred detergent of your choice and then disinfect it with Microban 24. Let it sit for five minutes, then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.
4. Remote controls
Almost everyone touches remote controls, whether for the TV or the ceiling fan. To clean, first, remove the batteries and put the cover back on. Then dampen a cloth with detergent and go all over the remote, paying special attention to the gaps between the buttons. Use a cotton swab for narrow grooves – just make sure that no liquid gets into the controls.
If there are annoying crumbs between the buttons, carefully remove them with a toothpick. Finally, dry the remote control with a lint-free cloth and replace the batteries. Voila! You are ready for the movie night.
You probably touch your railing every time you go up and down the stairs – and we dare to guess at least a dozen times a day. To disinfect, wipe off any visible dust and dirt and hit the top, sides, and any other areas that grip your hands with a disinfectant. Just make sure your product is suitable for the finish!
Electronics are difficult because they require special considerations to avoid saturation of the control panels and damage to the machines. LCD screens must also be given special attention as certain cleaning agents can cause irreparable damage. Always check the instruction manual. If you don’t have it, manufacturers often put this information on their websites.
In general, however, you can safely clean touch-sensitive areas such as the keyboard or mouse by spraying a cloth with a cleaning agent and then wiping it off. For disinfection, spray Microban 24 on a cloth and wipe it off.
7. Cabinet handles
Think about what you touch the most in the kitchen and bathroom. Chances are that your cabinet handles are right up there with your countertops. Wipe these areas again by wiping grease or dirt off the handles with soapy water, then rinsing and drying. Kill bacteria and germs with Microban 24. Let it rest for five minutes and then polish it with a microfiber cloth to shine.
8. Trash can
All kinds of lucky charms go into your trash can, but how often do you actually stop to clean the trash can yourself? To properly combat this dirt, clean the can and all removable plastic films with warm soapy water. Then rinse, dry and spray all sides with a disinfectant spray.