- When to Clean Parts of Your Home
When to Clean Parts of Your Home
Look around your home. Perhaps it’s not the cleanest on the block, but you wouldn’t call it squalor, right? Still, there are times when your home needs a more thorough cleaning, when its less obvious parts need a little more love. There’s a good chance you’re missing some of the biggest germ-offenders in your home. Skimping on a detailed cleaning every once in a while can end up wreaking havoc on your health and your wallet.
Dust isn’t simply settled dirt: it is skin cells, dander, pollen, food crumbs, airborne spores, and particles and pieces of whatever you walked through, in, and around that day. Unkempt areas are prime breeding grounds for the kinds of parasites that feed on the aforementioned gnarly stuff: dust mites, cockroaches, mice. If you have pets, they are also contributing to the problem.
Among the spots that should be cleaned twice a month are curtains, pet beds, bath mats, and door knobs. Keeping the cleaning supplies in the spaces that you’ll use them makes the chore less of an “event” and more of a healthy habit. If you are dismayed by chemical products, a quick raid of the pantry can produce more natural ingredients for cleaning solutions, such as vinegar, baking soda, or lemons.
Believe it or not, you should have a regular maintenance and cleaning schedule for some of your actual cleaning tools as well! We recommend cleaning your vacuums and dishwashers at least once a month. In both cases, cleaning eliminates junk that keep these machines from running smoothly and doing so much good work for you. You may be wondering, “What about the washing machine—do I need to wash that too?” Yup. We suggest scrubbing down the inside of your washing machine at least once a year, to prevent build-up, which can lead to unclean clothes and costly repairs.
Thankfully, it takes only a few minutes of effort with a good multi-surface disinfectant, or to toss things in the laundry, to keep your body and your home humming along.