Cleaning may not be most people’s idea of a good time but it’s a rewarding task nonetheless. Now let’s say, you’re done mopping the floor, wiping the counters clean, washing the sheets, etc., is your microapartment really clean?
Unless you are a neat freak who enjoys looking for new things to clean the answer is no, you are bound to miss a spot or two. There are certain spots and objects in the home that are more forgettable than others. Due to neglect, dirt, grime, and dust build up and you don’t even notice it! Keep your microapartment clean; banish dust and germs by giving these common home objects a good scrub down:
Door Knobs and Cabinet Handles
Doorknobs and cabinet handles are some of the most bacteria-laden spots in your microapartment. They are also the most neglected yet often touched objects in the home. Studies show that door handles carry a multitude of viruses and bacteria including E. coli and salmonella.
Ideally, you have to clean the doorknobs and cabinet handles once a week. No need to purchase an expensive cleaner; just mix equal parts of hot water and white vinegar. Wipe the doorknobs and cabinet handles using a soft cloth saturated with the cleaning solution and leave them to dry completely, easy peasy!
Ever click on the remote while eating chips? How about using the remote without washing your hands? Just like doorknobs, remote controls are often neglected and teeming with germs. And if you’re touching the remote often, you are not just spreading germs all over your microapartment, you might be ingesting harmful microbes too. That’s just gross.
Clean your remote controls once or twice per week using alcohol. Just saturate a lint-free cloth with alcohol and wipe the remote control. Then, saturate a cotton swab with alcohol to clean the buttons. If this doesn’t remove deep-seated grime, use a toothpick to remove the build-up. Wipe again for good measure and you’re done.
Bet you forgot about wiping the light switches clean, huh? Light switches are some of the dirtiest, most bacteria-laden objects in your microapartment. And get this, it’s not uncommon for bathroom and kitchen light switches to carry fecal matter too so sanitizing these is a must.
You have to clean the light switches once a week using a disinfectant spray or a commercial cleanser. You can also use a hot water and white vinegar solution to wipe these home objects clean. Finish up by wiping the light switches dry with a lint-free cloth.
Tooth Brush Holder
Did you know that fecal matter is released into the air every time you flush the toilet? And as you flush your toilet, you are exposing all your bath products to germs, including your toothbrush and toothbrush holder! Don’t wait until grimy buildup starts accumulating on your toothbrush holder, throw it in the dishwater once a week to keep this home item clean!
If you want to give your toothbrush holder a deeper clean, I highly suggest dunking it in hot water for several minutes and washing it with soap. While you’re at it, sterilize your toothbrushes too by boiling them in hot water for 2 to 3 minutes.
The Wall Behind the Trash Can
When was the last time you gave the grimy wall behind the trash can a good scrub? Sometimes trash bounce off the wall when you throw it in the trash bin. You may have mopped the floor underneath the trash can and perhaps wipe the trash bin clean as well but the wall behind it?
If you cannot remember the last time you cleaned the wall behind the trash bin, this spot is probably full of smears and splatters! Add several drops of dishwashing liquid to a basin of warm water. With a scrubber, scrub the stubborn grime and oily residue clean then leave the wall to dry completely.
You might be sanitizing your dish sponges every day but what about the dish brushes and scouring pads? Just like dish sponges, scouring pads and dish scrubbers are teeming with nasty pathogens that could cause sickness.
Since these common household items are kept in a perpetually moist environment, bacterial over-growth is inevitable. These products might not be microwave-safe so you cannot nuke them for a deep clean. You can sanitize them by giving your dish brushes and scouring pads a good wash in the dishwasher. You can also clean them by hand using antibacterial dishwashing soap.
Did you know that your heater vents and air ducts have to be cleaned every 3 to 5 years? However, if you have forced air heater vents or wall units, you have to clean them more often to get rid of allergens and dust. Let’s not forget the fact that dirty air vents increase the risk of house fires.
Don’t use a dry rag to clean the air vents because this will only release the dust in the air. You can clean the air vents by wiping them clean with a moist cloth. Clean the heater vents once a month or as often as you like.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Love reusable shopping bags? These bags are the best alternative to plastic bags! But when was the last time you cleaned your shopping bag?
Reusable shopping bags are always exposed to food-borne germs and mold so it’s important to clean them regularly. The good news is, it doesn’t take much to clean reusable shopping bags, just chuck them in the laundry washer!
Ice Cube Trays
Since the ice cube tray does not look dirty at a glance, why bother cleaning it, right? Germs and grimy residue may build up in ice cube trays although they’re invisible to the eyes. In addition, the material could absorb freezer odors or pick up food particles while in use.
You have to clean the ice cube trays every time you refill it. Add several drops of dishwashing soap to a basin of hot water. Immerse the ice cube trays in the solution and scrub them clean with a dish brush to remove deep-seated buildup.
Got a work desk at home? It’s probably teeming with germs, especially your desktop computer or laptop keyboard and mouse! Studies show that a computer keyboard is about 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. And you touch it every day!
Tilt your keyboard and give it a little shake to remove loose debris. For cleaning hard-to-reach crannies, use a moist cotton swab. Wipe the keyboard and computer clean with a damp cloth, not a dripping wet rag. Finish up with a spritz of Lysol to kill germs.