Did you know that the dirtiest places in your house are probably also the most unassuming? Even though it’s not exactly something you think about, your home is filled with hidden germs and bacteria. These surfaces can be breeding grounds for all kinds of nasty stuff, which is why it’s important to clean them regularly to avoid getting sick. If you’re anything like me, then you might cringe a little bit when thinking about cleaning your house. Perhaps images of bending awkwardly over laundry baskets or scrubbing grimy bathroom tiles come to mind… But don’t worry! Cleaning doesn’t have to be a nightmare. In fact, once you know where germs lurk and how they thrive, keeping things tidy becomes second nature.

Kitchen sink

Your kitchen sink is a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if you forgot to clean it after chopping raw meat on it. The best way to clean your kitchen sink is to use antibacterial spray and hot soapy water. Make sure to scrub the corners and other hard-to-reach areas. You should also clean the faucet regularly. Bacteria can build up under the faucet, which can then drip back into the sink and contaminate your food. If you want to clean the sink quickly and efficiently, use a sponge or scrubber that has disinfectant built in. And if you have children or pets, use kid-friendly cleaners and be sure to clean underneath the sink regularly.

Bathroom sinks

Just like kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks are breeding grounds for bacteria and germs. You should clean them regularly using antibacterial cleanser. In addition to cleaning the surface, you should also check for cracks and holes. If you find any, you should seal them with silicone. To avoid clogging the drain, you should clean the sink regularly. You should also clean the walls and back of the toilet regularly as these are two of the dirtiest areas in the bathroom. You can vacuum them or use a disinfectant cleaning spray.

Shower and tub

Shower walls and tubs are perfect places for bacteria to thrive. Make sure to clean them regularly to avoid getting sick. You can use a scrub brush or a cleaning sponge to clean the walls and floor of the shower and tub. Make sure to use gloves while cleaning the walls and floors to avoid germs getting into your hands. You can also use disinfectant spray to clean your shower. You can also use a squeegee to clean the walls and the floor of your tub after each use.

Toilet bowl

The toilet bowl is one of the dirtiest places in your house. You can disinfect it using bleach and water. To do so, mix a few drops of bleach with water and pour the mixture into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then flush the toilet. You can also use disinfectant wipes to clean the toilet bowl. To clean grout between tiles, use bleach and water.

Floor tiles

Carpeted areas are not the only places in your home that bacteria can thrive. Floor tiles are also ideal for bacteria to grow, especially in humid environments, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Taking care of and cleaning your tile flooring doesn’t have to be a huge chore.  Wants some tips on tile floor cleaning?  Read more in our “How to Clean Tile Flooring” article.

Doors and windowsills

Doors and windowsills are some of the dirtiest places in your house. You can use disinfectant wipes to clean them. You should also regularly clean your closets and drawers as these are also ideal places for bacteria to grow. You should also clean your shoes regularly as these are another ideal place for bacteria to live.

Drying rack for your laundry

Your laundry drying rack is a great place for bacteria to thrive. You should make sure to clean it regularly. You can use bleach to clean it. You can also use disinfectant wipes to clean the drying rack.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this article has helped you recognize the hidden germs and bacteria in your home so you can clean them and keep them out of your life. Remember, these places are ideal for bacteria to thrive, so make sure to clean them regularly to avoid getting sick. One of the best ways you can keep these elusively dirty spots clean is by hiring a home cleaning service. Check out our house cleaning services if you’re look for professional help to keep your house sparkling.

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Who wants to spend all their time cleaning? Sadly, no one. That’s why people love tile floors. A quick wipe with a mop or a bucket of soapy water is usually enough to keep them looking clean and tidy. But if your tile floor ever gets really grimy, there are some specific things you need to know in order to make it look its best again. This guide is filled with expert advice on the ins and outs of cleaning and maintaining tile floors, including tips on how not to damage the surface when mopping it, the best way to tackle stubborn stains, what products are safe for use on tile floors, and much more…

What You Should Know About Cleaning Tile Floors

A tile floor is made up of individual tiles that are usually made from ceramic, porcelain, stone, or slate. Depending on the type of tiles you have, you may need to take some special precautions when cleaning them to make sure they stay in good condition. Before you start cleaning your tile floor, you need to know what type of tile it is. If you don’t know what type of tile you have, you can find out by removing one of the tiles and checking the underside. Look for markings that indicate the tile’s name and type. Before you start cleaning your tile floor, you also need to know what kind of grout you have. Grout is the substance that fills the cracks between tiles. Most types of grout are porous and can stain easily.

How to Vacuum a Tile Floor

If you want a quick, easy clean on your tile floor, a vacuum cleaner is the perfect tool for the job. But you do have to be careful. There are a few things you need to know about how to vacuum a tile floor. – First of all, avoid using a rotating brush on your vacuum cleaner when cleaning your tile floor. Grout is porous and can be easily damaged and stained by bristles that are too strong. – If your vacuum cleaner has suction controls, make sure that you turn it down to the lowest setting possible when cleaning your tile floor. – Make sure to use a wide head on your vacuum cleaner nozzle. You want to make sure that you are covering as much of the floor as possible with each sweep of the nozzle. – Make sure that you vacuum your tile floor as soon as it’s dirty. Wet grout is much more likely to stain than dry grout.

How to Mop a Tile Floor

If you have a relatively clean tile floor, a good water-based mop and some plain water will be enough to keep your tile floor clean and looking great. If you have a relatively clean tile floor, a good water-based mop and some plain water will be enough to keep it clean and looking great. But if you have a really dirty tile floor, you may need to use something stronger to tackle tough stains. If you have a really dirty tile floor, you may need to use something stronger to tackle tough stains. But be careful when choosing a cleaner for your tile floor. Some common products, such as bleach and vinegar, can stain tile floors and grout lines. There are special tile floor cleaning products that are made to be safe for use on a tile floor, such as Bissell Little Green Professional. The best way to mop a tile floor is to start at the outside edge of the room and work your way in.

How to Mop a Ceramic Tile Floor

Ceramic tile floors are usually relatively easy to clean, but you may still have to do a little more than just mopping with water in some cases. If your ceramic tile floor is really dirty, you may need to use a stronger cleaner with enzymes to break down tough stains and odors. You may also want to use a scrub to help remove built-up dirt and grime. Choosing a mop for your ceramic tile floor is important. It’s best to avoid using a sponge mop on ceramic floors, as sponges can easily scratch the floor and leave it dull. Instead, choose a mop with a soft, microfiber head. This will be gentle on the floor while still being effective at cleaning it.

How to Mop a Marble Tile Floor

Maintaining a marble tile floor is similar to maintaining a ceramic tile floor. You want to avoid spilling or spraying water directly on the surface of your marble tile floor. This can cause water stains on the tile surface. A microfiber mop is the best choice for cleaning a marble tile floor. A sponge mop can scratch the surface and cause it to look dull and worn. Avoid using strong chemical cleaners on your marble tile floor. Some common household cleaners can etch the surface, causing permanent damage to the tile.

How to Bleach a Tile Floor

If you have a really stubborn stain on your tile floor, you may want to consider bleaching it. You want to be careful when bleaching a tile floor, though. If you use too much bleach, or if you leave it on the floor for too long, you can damage your tile floor. The best way to bleach a tile floor is to dilute the bleach with water in a spray bottle and then spray it on the tile floor. Let it sit for two or three minutes, and then scrub it off with a sponge or scrub brush. If you have a particularly tough stain, you may want to alternate between using the diluted bleach solution and a mild cleaning solution. This will help prevent the bleach from etching the tile surface.

How to Mop and Bleach a Grout Line

If your tile floor has a grout line, you may have noticed that it’s a bit harder to clean than the tile itself. The grout can get really dirty, especially in high-traffic areas like kitchens and entryways. The best way to clean the grout in a tile floor is to use a grout cleaning product. There are lots of different products you can use to clean grout. You may want to try a few different products to see which one works best for you. Be careful when cleaning grout, though. You want to avoid scrubbing too hard when cleaning the grout. If you scrub too hard, you can scratch the surface of the tile and cause it to look dull and worn.

Conclusion

A tile floor is a beautiful addition to any home, but it can be hard to keep clean. Luckily, most tile floors are fairly easy to clean when you know what you’re doing. If your tile floor is really dirty, it’s best to scrub with a cleaning product that’s designed for tile floors to avoid scratching the surface. And make sure to always use a soft scrubber to prevent scratching. When all is said and done, a tile floor really is a beautiful thing.

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Bed Hygiene - Making a clean bed

On average, you will spend roughly one-third of your life in your bed, rolling around in the linens, comforters, and pillows galore and sweating a remarkable half a pint of perspiration just about every night. And whether you realize it or not, you and/or your partner are not the only ones sharing that mattress. Dust mites and bacteria are cuddling down into the surfaces along with you to wish you a good night.

Now that you’re good and unnerved, let’s explore some tips to make sure you are as safe as possible when it’s time to count sheep.

 

Proper Mattress and Foundation Care

In the hustle and bustle of life, it can be easy to forget your mattress, foundation, and bed frame need maintenance and TLC as well. Protect your mattress from sweat and stains with a washable cover and ensure it is laundered every 30 to 40 days in at least 55 degree or hotter water. While the cover is rolling around in the washing machine, lightly dust the mattress itself with baking soda to lift odors and allow that to sit for around 20 minutes before vacuuming.

Vacuuming your mattress will penetrate the porous fibers to lift the dead skin cells and dust mites that are living on the surface. Rotate your mattresses while you’re at it and check for any evidence in the foundation or frame of insect activity. Bed bugs and mites feast on dead skin cells and fresh bites and will leave behind black fecal matter and blood smears. If you are looking for a solution to bed bugs that is food, pet, and child safe, explore Diatomaceous Earth (DE), a cheap and harmful chemical free powder that kills these pests by absorbing the oily layer on their exoskeletons, effectively dehydrating them with a few hours.

 

Pillow Maintenance

If you feel like your pillows have become heavier over time, it is because they absolutely have! Your pillow can increase its weight up to 10% just with the build-up of dead skin cells, dirt, oil, hair product, perspiration, and saliva. To combat this haven for all-things-horror-movie, you should wash the pillows once per month and replace them entirely at least once a year. When washing the pillows, please do not use bleach products as they have been proven to cause allergic and even asthmatic reactions. Instead, use an oxygenated cleanser, tea tree or eucalyptus oil products, or other gentler detergents. When it is time to dry the pillows, toss dryer or tennis balls into the machine to help restore their natural fluff and discourage uneven balling of the fibers inside. Dry on high, unless the care labels state otherwise, to ensure mites and bacteria have been eradicated.

 

How to Handle Bedding

While your linen routine is a matter of personal preference, it is recommended never to exceed two weeks before washing and changing your bedding. Sheets, duvets, and comforters need to be washed in 40 to 60 degree warm water to eliminate mites and bacteria while preserving fibers, coloration, and patterns. Oxy powders along with detergent will go a long way to removing stains and perspiration. Beyond that, we strongly suggest you run an iron over the bedding after it is clean and dry as the heat will kill off remaining bacteria and allow the linens to rest on the bed neat and even.

 

Here Comes the Sun!

When we wake up in the morning, it’s easy to dive right into making our bed. Believe it or not, this discipline is not recommended. In fact, one of the best ways to have a clean and healthy bed is to pull back the covers for at least 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate and natural sunlight and air to hit the sheets and kill surface bacteria. Before jumping in the shower, yank back the bed covers and let the magic happen!

 

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You’ve just settled down in a comfy chair with your favorite cup of java and get an alert on your phone. Unexpected guests are coming over and you have little time to prepare. It is the nightmare scenario we have all faced a time or two. If it has been an exceptionally busy day or week, you feel the stress settle in and are now noticing all of the spots around your house that are not ‘guest ready.’

If you have run low on any of your products and are pressed for time, we have solutions for you! Having a few useful cleaning tips utilizing items laying around your home can help make your process quick and easy. Of course, you always have the option to check into a service that will eliminate all of your need to worry as well…

Coca-Cola Removes Tough Stains

This classic soda is loaded with phosphoric and carbonic acid which makes it super effective in busting through rust and hard stains. One of the best locations to test this out is in your bathroom. Grab a can of Coke and pour it around the rim of your toilet allowing it to flow down into the bowl. Let this sit while you focus on other areas of the house. Upon returning, you can use your toilet wand to scrub off any stubborn stains that have not already dissolved. Flush and you’re done!

Grapefruit and Salt for a Sparkling Tub and Sink…with a Bonus!

You have probably read about the cleansing power of lemon and vinegar; it’s all true. Grapefruit, however, is just as effective and leaves behind a bright citrus scent in its wake. It is important to note that while it is a great cleaning agent for grime, it does not have antibacterial properties and should not be used as a substitute for areas where bacteria might abound. If you have tub rings or sink stains, simply slice your grapefruit in half, sprinkle salt on both the fruit and the surface you intend to clean, and scrub vigorously. The rind can be used against particularly stubborn areas. Rinse away the remaining salt and pulp with warm or hot water, and voila!

BONUS: Your used grapefruit halves can be boiled in water for a few minutes before tossing out to add diffused fragrance to the air (do not eat/drink!) or dropped down your kitchen garbage disposal to freshen/clean the piping and blades.

Coffee Filters for Clean Screens

Coffee filters are a perfect substitute for traditional feather dusters and can do an even better job at leaving behind a shiny surface. Because of their rippled surface and anti-static properties, you can use fresh filters on just about any screen in your home; television, tablet, phone, laptop, computer, and more. Run them across wooden surfaces – especially dark colors – to watch the dust lift off in an instant with a streak and lint free sparkle.

Eliminate Grease and Smudges with White Bread

Do not toss out stale bread or unwanted end-pieces! The sponge-like surface is loaded with gluten that can absorb grease, dirt, and stains. Notice fingerprints or grease on your kitchen walls? Gently dab and brush the surface with a piece of bread and watch those unwanted marks disappear. The perks do not end there! If you drop a glass object and it shatters, you can carefully press the slice down onto the tiny shards to help lift them for disposal.

Combat Dust with Dryer Sheets

Just like coffee filters, dryer sheets can bust through dust while making every room smell like fresh laundry! Take your sheets and run them along baseboards, blinds, chandeliers, light fixtures, and mirrors in order to lift and repel dust. Dryer sheets are so effective in preventing dust from resettling on your delicate surfaces, you will notice your need to swipe these spots will decrease overall.

If you’re looking for a way to clean a random stain or dirty furniture in the simplest way, you only need one thing… A magic sponge! Brand name or not, these can be used for numerous clean-ups. It can be hard to keep up with the dust and dander so keep clean with the must-have tool in your house.

Here is a list of some things to give you an idea about their magical powers!

  • remove dried paint from door hinges
  • remove tarnish from silver
  • remove mold & mildew from anything plastic
  • clean & polish gold jewelry
  • remove soap scum in the tub and shower
  • remove marks on walls
  • clean splatters inside the microwave
  • remove marks on vinyl siding
  • remove adhesive residue after removing stickers
  • remove waterline mark around the pool
  • remove hair dye from countertops & floors
  • clean light-colored suede
  • remove black scuff marks from baseboards (where the vacuum cleaner hits)
  • clean the outdoor side of window sills stained from leaves, dust and dirt
  • clean plastic coolers inside and out
  • remove rust spots & stains on countertop
  • remove cooked-on stains in pots and pans
  • remove soot off the walls near the fireplace
  • clean within the grooves of lawn ornaments
  • clean sticky/dusty range hood over the stove
  • remove nail polish spills or stains

Now that this seemingly infinite list is over, here are a few more tidbits…

How To Get The Most Out Of Magic Sponges

To get more life out of your sponges, try these things out:

  1. Cut each sponge into 4 equal-sized pieces (across the shortest width of the eraser, rather than lengthwise). This way, you get 4 times the amount of cleaning out of one sponge!
  2. Lightly mist it with water (by misting or using the kitchen sink sprayer), rather than saturating it with water — which causes it to shrivel up more.
  3. Scrub lightly, then wipe the area with a wet towel to prevent smearing the dirt/grime and remove any residue.
  4. When it starts to get yucky (after cleaning a few different items), simply spray rinse it again to revive it a bit. Then squeeze the excess water out, and continue using it until it starts to shred.

Have you ever noticed your grout goes from white to grey? Yup, dirt builds up here and one day it’s not going to look so new anymore! It can be pretty expensive to hire a vendor who specializes in grout cleaning so if you are cost conscientious and are in for a chore that can double as a workout you can do it yourself. Now that’s self-gratification!   

Steps for Grout Cleaning

Here are a few different ways you can get the job done:

Baking Soda & Water

Mix 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part water to make a thick paste. This cleaner is versatile and works with all colors of grout (this isn’t the best option for natural stones like marble or travertine).

  • It’s easiest to use your fingers to apply the paste between the grout lines, that way you can reach every nook and cranny.
  • Rubber gloves aren’t a necessity but can help prevent scratches protect your skin from irritation.

Vinegar & Water

Couple the paste from the baking soda with vinegar and water in a spray bottle. You can spray the grout lines without getting hands-on.

  • Pause for the bubbles! The combination of baking soda and vinegar causes the mixture to bubble and is a sign that the solution is working. Once it simmers down after a couple of minutes it’s time for you to wipe the surface clean.
  • Use a nylon-bristled brush. If you use steel or wire bristled brushes they may damage the grout.
  • Mop and rinse. The last step would mean to mop the floor with plain water to pick up any leftover residue and you’re done!

Oxygenated Bleach

  • Let 2 tablespoons of oxygenated bleach dissolve into 2 cups of warm water. You’ll want to make sure that you are ready to use the mixture as soon as it’s made for the best results. Bleaching is gentle enough for different types of tile but this isn’t best for colored grout. Test it first! Use some of the solution on a small corner of the floor to make sure there is no discoloration by the bleach and then you’re clear to go!
  • Clean one section at a time. This will ensure that the solution is used evenly and you’ll be less likely to have a totally wet floor! Pour just enough for each room so all grout lines are reached.
  • AGAIN – Nylon bristled brushes! Don’t forget the corners!!
  • For more stubborn stained grout lines, dip your brush in the solution itself before scrubbing for maximum potency.
  • Lastly, rinse with plain water and let that floor shine!

Time for the big guns! Rent or buy a steam cleaner!

  • Steam cleaners can effectively clean and sanitize all types of tiles and grouts and a big plus for many, without any chemicals. You can usually find them in a home improvement store. Just make sure that the steam cleaner you acquire has a steam hose and brush attachment regardless if you’re renting or buying the unit.  
  • Once you turn the steam cleaner on, you’ll want to move the brush back and forth over the grout. The most effective way to go about this is to start from the back of the floor to the front. Watch as the steam loosens up that dirt and reveal a floor that’s like-new! Another benefit of steam is killing any mildew that could be growing.
  • No need to mop, just a simple wipe as the steam will have already blanketed the floor with moisture. And voila! Chemical-free cleanliness.

CAUTION: Grout sealant can be wiped away from steam cleaning so it’s best if the grout hasn’t been sealed already or if it’s something you’re going to replace in the near future.

Cleaning a fireplace is usually one of those items that is overlooked, even in a deep home cleaning. It is important to regularly clean the fireplace as the leftover build up from fires can become toxic and can potentially harm your family.

 

Cleaning the inside of a Fireplace

Wait at least 24 hours since the last time the fireplace has been used.

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic tarp
  • Old Towels or Sheets
  • Apron
  • Handheld Broom and Dust Pan
  • Vacuum
  • Trash Bags

STEP 1:  Prepare the Area

Lay a plastic tarp around and in front of the fireplace area. If you do not have a plastic tarp, old towels will do. Also, make sure to wear an apron and protective gloves. You may also want to wear old clothes as soot and dirt can be difficult to get off. If you have furniture close by it may also be a good idea to place sheets or towels over the surfaces to protect it.

STEP 2: Remove debris

First take out any metal grates that may be in the fireplace. Next, take any wood, tinder, or debris from the fireplace. We suggest wearing protective gloves to do this. Using a handheld broom sweep any dirt, debris or soot up and place it in a waste bin.

STEP 3: Get the small bits!

If necessary use a vacuum to pick up any remaining ash. Then throw away the debris into an outside bin.

Spot Clean the Brick on a Fireplace

Supplies Needed:

  • Cream of Tartar
  • Water
  • Old Tooth Brush
  • Rag

STEP 1: Make your mixture

Mix two tablespoons of cream of tartar with a little water to make a paste.

STEP 2:  Apply

Spread the paste on the brick with an old toothbrush. Then wait for ten minutes to let the paste sit.

STEP 3: Wash

After ten minutes use warm water and a rag to wash off the paste. If necessary apply more past and repeat steps.

Detailed Cleaning of Larger Brick Areas

Supplies Needed:

  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Soap
  • Tooth brush and/or larger scrub brush
  • Dish Cloth

STEP 1: Make your paste

Make a thin paste that is easy to spread by mixing 3 tablespoons dish soap with a half cup of baking soda. You can add more dish soap if the paste is too thick.

STEP 2: Dip and Scrub

Dip the scrub brush into the paste you have just made. Make circular motions on the brick surfaces inside and/or outside of the fireplace. When all brick surfaces of the fireplace are covered, let sit for five minutes.

STEP 3: Rinse!

After the paste has sat for five minutes, rinse the paste off with a cloth and warm water.

STEP 4: Repeat

Repeat from step one as needed.

Cleaning Fireplace Glass

Supplies Needed:

  • Stove Glass cleaner
  • Soft Dish Clothes (3 or more)
  • Water

STEP 1: Check before you start

Be sure the glass has already cooled and that the inside of the fireplace has been vacuumed and cleaned out.

STEP 2: Spray

Get one of the clothes damp with warm water. Spray some of the stove glass cleaner onto the damp cloth.

STEP 3

Next rub the cloth over the fireplace glass focusing on the stained areas. Once again, use circular motions as well as back and forth motions. You may need to apply some pressure to get hard stains to come off.

STEP 4

Continue to apply more cleaner to the cloth and continue circular and back to forth motions until all stains have been removed.

STEP 5

After all stains have been removed take a new damp cloth and wipe the surfaces clean.

STEP 6

Lastly, take your last clean cloth and dry the glass so that there are no streaks.

That’s it!

VINEGAR

Vinegar is by far one of the most versatile cleaning agents. Use it to remove soap scum from the shower. Mix it with borax to get rid of hard-water rings in the toilet. Tape a bag of vinegar to your shower head and leave it overnight for an easy, sparkly clean; or add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar to your dish soap to eliminate grease in the kitchen.

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

You use your toothbrush to clean your teeth, but don’t forget about cleaning your toothbrush. Let it soak in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes to get rid of any lingering germs. Hydrogen peroxide is also useful on many hard surfaces. Use it to scrub your toilet, trash cans, shower, mirrors and doorknob. You can even mix it with equal parts water for a safe and effective solution for mopping the bathroom and kitchen floors.

LEMONS

The acid in lemons makes them a great natural cleanser. The juice is great for disinfecting kitchen countertops and cutting boards. Cut a lemon in half and scrub your bath and shower to remove soap scum. And if your shaving cream has left a rusty ring in your bathtub, use your lemon half to scrub it away.

VODKA

Do you have a mold and mildew problem in the bathroom? Skip a trip to the store, and pull out some inexpensive vodka from the liquor cabinet. Spray it directly onto the mold and mildew, and wait 15 minutes. Then use a cloth or small scrubbing brush to wipe it clean. And don’t forget to save a little for an after-cleaning celebration!

TEA

More than a favorite beverage, brewed tea can be used to clean windows, mirrors and countertops. Spray on your bathroom surfaces just as you would any typical window or surface cleaner. Then, keep your bags to hide in the back of the fridge. They will actually work to deodorize it. And if you need to remove the scent of onion, garlic or fish from your hands, cut a bag open, and wash your hands with the leaves to remove the odor.

SALT

Remember that miracle lemon that cleaned the tub? If your dirt stains are particularly stubborn, add some salt to the lemon, and scrub the surface of your bathtub, sink or toilet. Once your salt solution has done the trick, just rinse off any pulp and leftover residue, leaving your bathroom perfectly clean with a lemon-fresh scent!

BAKING SODA

Perfect for cleaning counters, sinks, drains, the toilet bowl, soap scum, shower doors, shower heads, and well, pretty much anything in the kitchen and bathroom, baking soda is one cleaning agent you don’t want to be without. For most kitchen and bathroom surfaces, a simple paste made of baking soda and water will do the trick.

DRAIN CLEANER

Though it is not a natural cleaning solution, exactly, a drain snake is an eco-friendly way to clean out the main source of drain blockage: hair. And if you don’t have a drain snake, you can still avoid pouring harsh chemicals down the bathtub drain by unwinding a wire hanger, hooking the end, pushing it down the drain as far as it will go, and pulling up hair that is keeping the water from draining properly.

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Are you Cleaning the Following?

Bacteria and viruses don’t live exceptionally long on hard surfaces outside of the body. However, given the right conditions these bugs can live long enough to spread around disease. Often times the dirtiest spot in the home gets missed when house cleaning. Here are a few spots in your home that are seemingly clean but really are not.

TV Remote:
What do you do when stuck sick at home? You binge catch up with all the series you are behind on. Your remote won’t look dirty but you can be sure there is a party of germs going on. A quick wipe with a sanitized towelette will stop germs from spreading around.

Keyboard/Laptop:
Are you the type of person that works and eats at their desk? You can imagine what that keyboard is covered with. Make sure to wipe down your keyboard every once in a while.

Door knobs:
Call it a flaw in its design if you want, but door knobs are touched by everybody and therefor gross. Door knobs at home are not much different from the one at the office. Clean them up to avoid the spread of unwanted viruses like Flu causing Influenza.

Toilet Handle:
It just makes sense. Not to get graphic, but if you think about it, nobody washes their hands before flushing the toilet. You may focus all the cleaning efforts into the bowl, but don’t forget to clean and disinfect the handles too.

Refrigerator Handle:
Your refrigerator is magnet for bacteria, think of all the food particles you leave all over its surface while cooking and eating. You probably worry about cleaning the inside of your refrigerator, next time spend some extra time on the outside of your refrigerator

How to Speed-Clean Your Kitchen

Read about time-saving tips, methods, and to-do lists for getting your kitchen cleaned quick.

Kitchen Cleaning List

When cleaning your kitchen it is often best to start with the sink.  A clean and shiny sink becomes your kitchen’s focal point for hygiene and cleanliness, help you to always load the dishwasher immediately and keep counter tops, the stove top, and refrigerator doors clean as well.

Each Day

Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes
Wipe down the stove top and the fridge
Wipe down the counters
Sweep or vacuum the floor

Each Week

Give the floor a good mopping
Wipe the exterior of your cabinets
Wipe down your backsplashes
Wash the outside of your appliances
Clean the inside of the garbage can

Every Four Months

Empty and clean the inside of the refrigerator
Empty and clean the your utensil drawers and other drawers
Clean and polish the exterior of your cupboards
Clean the stove-hood and filter