It’s amazing how many people keep a meticulously clean home but forget those things that needed the most attention in cleaning. Then check these home objects that you need to clean first.
1. Kitchen Handles
Need a hand during dinner prep? You’re likely using one to open the refrigerator door — even if you just finished handling raw meat. If left untreated, refrigerator, freezer, and oven handles become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Scrub handles down once a week with a mix of 1 part hot water and 1 part vinegar.
2. Toothbrush Holder
Keep your pearly whites clean and your toothbrush holder cleaner. Throw the dirty bathroom accessory in the dishwasher once a week, or sterilize it by hand with hot water and soap. It’s also a good idea to sterilize individual toothbrushes, especially during flu season. Boil brushes in water for two to three minutes.
3. Computer Accessories
Think of all the times you’ve coughed, sneezed, or blown your nose at your desk. Now think of the last time you cleaned your mouse and keyboard. Time to banish bacteria and prevent germs from spreading in your office. Detach your computer’s keyboard and mouse, then dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in soapy water and gently scrub.
4. Place Mats
Place mats are great at protecting wood finishes from food stains, but they get filthy fast. Rinse plastic or vinyl place mats with warm water and soap. Let dry completely. Fabric mats can be thrown in the laundry machine with like-color linens, but be sure to hand-wash anything embroidered.