When it comes to house cleaning, some of the dirtiest places in your house can be the most overlooked. It’s important to pay attention to these areas, as they can harbor bacteria, dust, and dirt if not regularly cleaned. In this blog post, we will discuss the three dirtiest places in your home – and how to clean them. Keep reading to learn how to tackle these problem areas and keep your home clean and healthy.
#1 of the dirtiest things in your home: kitchen sponges, dishcloths, and hot pads
Did you know the humble kitchen sponge is the germiest thing in our homes? That’s right, something you clean with every day actually contains more germs than the toilet seat.
Tip: To neutralize the germs on your kitchen sponge, just wet it and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Be sure to let it cool a bit before you take it out.
~ Simply Maid comes to our clients home with a fresh clean sponge and cleaning clothes every time.
How to clean dishcloths and hot pads
It can be hard to keep these items hygienic while they get used almost daily. Wash them weekly with hot water and detergent in the washing machine, or add them to the regular load of towels so they can get extra cleaning power from the bleach. For added protection from bacteria, you could also consider investing in microfiber cloths which are proven to absorb dust particles more efficiently than traditional dishcloths.
#2 of the dirtiest places in your home: the bathroom
As you might guess, the bathroom is the second germiest place in our home. Did you know, your toothbrush holder actually contains more germs than your toilet seat and is the 3rd germiest item in the whole house.
The toothbrush holder is the germiest thing in your entire bathroom. It’s best not to store it on the counter as a shocking 27% of all toothbrush holders contain coliform (er…poop) bacteria! Pop that sucker in the dishwasher ASAP or replace with a sparkling new toothbrush.
To keep your sink looking fresh, Simply Maid recommends washing it down with some mild soap and hot water at least once a week. Don’t forget to clean underneath the sink basin too; many homeowners overlook this area when cleaning their bathrooms. You can also use disinfectant wipes to quickly wipe down surfaces like the faucet handle, light switch, doorknob and other frequently touched areas.
A cleaning maid from Simply Maid can also come in handy for deep cleaning tasks like scrubbing tile grout and other hard-to-reach areas in the bathroom. If you’re feeling overwhelmed from cleaning the dirtiest places in your house, hiring a maid cleaning service can help make sure everything gets cleaned properly. Our experienced team can use specialized tools and products to remove even the toughest dirt and grime. Plus, our services are affordable and can be tailored to fit your budget and schedule.
#3 of the dirtiest objects in your house: pet bowls & pet toys
The last of the dirtiest places in your house actually comes from our fluffy friends! Cleaning up after your pet remains a necessary chore for pet owners. By cleaning your pet’s bowls and toys or other belongings, you successfully prevent bacteria and germs from growing there.
How often to wash your dog’s bowls
You should wash your dog’s food bowl after every meal. You can wash their water bowl less frequently, but you will need to completely empty, sanitize and refill it at least once per week. Water bowls tend to collect a slimy build-up called biofilm, which allows harmful bacteria to take over. When you wash, be sure to completely remove it.
How to sanitize your dog’s bowls
It’s important that you not only remove food particles and obvious debris from your dog’s bowl, but also pathogens and build-up. To do this, you can’t just clean the dog’s bowls, you also need to sanitize them. Washing your dog’s bowls with hot, soapy water, using the same dish detergent that you use on your own dishes, will work just fine. You can use a separate sponge for the dog’s bowls if you’d prefer not to get kibble granules on your dinner plates.
For especially stubborn debris, you can soak the bowls in a solution of water and bleach, just one tablespoon per gallon of water will do the trick. Make sure to completely rinse away the bleach solution and dry the bowls before using. You can also put most dog bowls in a household dishwasher.
How to wash pet toys
Pet toys can quickly become breeding grounds for germs, as many are porous and difficult to properly clean. Simply Maid recommends washing pet toys regularly with warm, soapy water and rinsing thoroughly before returning them to playtime. Alternatively, certain toys may be able to go into a washing machine or dishwasher.
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