I used to think my college living scenario was clean until my mom came to visit. Somehow she could spend a day scrubbing what I thought to be a clean space. As I’ve come to take care of my own home (and learned from her cleaning sessions along the way), is the most most used/obvious areas in your home, often are the ones that don’t get cleaned. Yes, we remember to “clean the toilet,” “mop the floors,” etc. but I have a few tips of the places you forget to think of (unless you’re my mom)…
Door Knobs: Just clean them with antibacterial wipes. Also, while we are on the topic of knobs, don’t forget to clean your stove knobs (sorry for that HORRIBLE segue). Just pop them off, wash them in soapy, warm water, let dry and put back on!
Cutting Boards: If I am cutting meat I ALWAYS pop it in the dishwasher afterwards. No matter what you are cutting make sure to wash it with hot soapy water and rinse. Also a disinfecting spray (ie bleach solution) is great to spritz on after each use. If your cutting board has too many deep grooves/cut marks in it – get rid of it (bacteria harbors in there and it is not pretty).
Ice Maker: Ice absorbs odors, so once a month it is recommended that you empty the bin and start a fresh batch.
Pillows: I have a confession. I don’t wash my pillows. Well I didn’t. When I started researching/brainstorming for the post, I realized I have a million “How to Wash Your Pillow” pins on Pintrest and never once used them. That being said… I had to give it a go – for the blogs sake! Apparently if you can fold your pillow and half and it stays, it is time to wash it. Some say twice a year… either way, wash 2 pillows at a time (helps with balancing your machine?!) with mild liquid detergent (no powder!). Dry on low (not high heat) with tennis balls in socks (or just clean tennis balls) to help fluff them up. Note: I do wash my pillow case on a weekly basis.
Faucets: Another easy fix for a potentially destructive germ-harboring zone = antibacterial wipes. If you haven’t realized this, I’m a huge proponent of them. You can buy them in bulk at Costco, or here. Just stock up on them… they make kitchen clean up SO much easier.