You keep your home fairly tidy and surprise company doesn’t throw you into a cleaning panic, but what if you’re missing something? Check out this list of the dirtiest things you should be cleaning but probably aren’t.
Forgetting to clean something, no, not you? You couldn’t possibly be forgetting anything.
You have weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly cleaning schedules that you’ve created to ensure you get it all done on a regular basis.
You’ve been doing this for years, and you’re sure you haven’t missed a thing. There isn’t a dirty spot in your home. You would know.
Or is there? You might want to take a look at this list just to make sure there isn’t something your missing.
Here’s a list of the dirtiest things you should be cleaning, but probably aren’t.
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Most women carry purses these days, but do they really ever clean them?
Besides throwing away old receipts and random pieces of gum, most women rarely ever pay attention to the purses. Especially where they set them down.
The exterior surfaces are the dirtiest. Think about how often you set your purse down on a counter, bench, table, ect.! Imagine all the germs you are picking up, then transfering to your car seat when you set your purse down.
Even worse, you proably set it on the kitchen counter or a side table when you get home.
Wipe the outside off with a soapy micro fiber cloth or disinfectant wipe, and refrain from setting it down on just any surface in your home. Place a hook in your drop zone to hang your purse to keep it off the counters.
Your purse should be cleaned weekly if not more often.
Empty everything out and wipe the inside with a disinfectant wipe. Then wipe down the handle and set it aside to air dry.
2 Remote controls
Let me tell you how gross a remote control can get!
We had one that stopped working properly, and when I took it apart to fix it, I realized how disgustingly dirty it was. There were smudges of dirt all over the face of the remote, and the reason it wasn’t working properly is there was so much gunk built up that the buttons were sticking.
I had to take the entire thing apart and use a tooth brush and tooth picks dipped in disinfectant cleaner to get all of the crap out. Then I wiped down the surface, let it dry and put it all back together.
It worked like new. Now I wipe it with a disinfectant wipe every week during my weekly cleaning routine and clean out any noticeable debris with a tooth pick.
3 Phones and personal electronics
Between social media, texting, and constant access to the world wide web, most people are on their phones for a good part of their day.
Yet, how often do you see somebody clean their phone.
Can you remember the last time you cleaned yours? I’m not talking about wiping off the screen so you can see through the finger prints, I mean really clean your phone?
Take the cover off and look at all the dirt and gunk. When you’re done grossing out, thoroughly wipe it down. Make sure you get into the inside corners and crevises of the case. Set it aside to dry.
Use a tooth pick to gently remove any grime from the ports around any buttons, the wipe the exterior down with a soapy micro fiber cloth or disinfectant wipe.
I actually wash my cover with dish soap, rinse it, then let it air dry, and wipe my phone down with a soapy micro fiber cloth.
You should be cleaning the exterior surfaces of your phone every day, then take the case off and clean the hidden stuff once a week.
4 Reusable grocery bags
Great for saving the environment, but one of the dirtiest and germiest things you use. Mostly people empty the bags and put them right back in the car for the next trip.
Just think of how many people and places those bags come in contact with.
You place them in the grocery cart, then on the check out conveyor belt. The cashier and bagger touch the handles plus all of the things being placed inside, then you put them in the trunk of your car.
That’s alot of germs to fold up and place right back in your car. You should clean your grocery bags after every use.
After emptying the groceries, wipe down the inside and outside with a disinfectant wipe and let it dry. Don’t forget the handles.
Even better, toss them all in the washing machine, then let them air dry.
5 Computer key board.
In this digital era, computer keyboards get alot of use. With that comes all of the little particles that fall in between the keys and just sit there.
Depending on the frequency of use, you should spray out the keyboard with compressed air once a week to clear out any debris. You can use a paint brush of tooth pick to remove anything stuck between the keys. Then wipe down the keys and any flat surface with a disinfectant wipe.
Clean your home keyboard once a week. If you share a computer at work, wipe the nasy thing down daily.
6 Door handles.
Yep, door handles. The minute you read that, you panicked.
You realized you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your, if ever. Then you thought about how many times a day everybody touches them.
Now your grossed out and feeling a little ashamed. It’s okay, everybody has survived so far. Grab some disinfectand and a micro fiber cloth and give them a good cleaning.
Once your done, a quick once over with a disinfectant wipe at least once a week should keep them clean.
If somebody in your home has been sick, disinfect your door handles a couple of times a day to help prevent the illness from spreading.
7 light switches.
Eewww right!? Light switches see dirty hands even more than your door handles do.
Now, you can’t unsee all of that gunk built up. and it’s not easy to get off. Before you whip out your cleaning supplies, flip the breaker to interrupt electricity to the switches.
Use a combination of a dry tooth brush, cotton swab, tooth pick, and some cleaner to get all the gunk out. For the initial cleaning, it’ll help to remover the switch plate and clean it in the sink.
Use a dry tooth brush of stiff paint brush to clean off all the surface dust and dirt. Then use a cotton swab soaked in disinfectant to clean off all the grime and gunk.
If you still have hard to reach spots, soak the tip of a tooth pick in disinfectant and use it to get any remaining gunk.
When your done, add the switches to your weekly cleaning schedule for a wipe down with a disinfectant wipe on a regular basis.
Just like the door handles, if somebody is sick, disinfect the switches a couple of times a day to prevent the spread.
8 coffee maker.
If you drink alot of coffee, your coffee maker and pot get really dirty. Dirty coffee makers don’t perform well and can affect the taste of your coffee.
Hard water and mineral deposits build up in and around the water reservoir, and oils and bean debris tend to stick to the brewing mechanism.
To clean your coffee maker, ensure that the filter is empty. Then run a full pot of diluted vinegar through the brew cycle. Once done brewing, dump out the mixture and wash with soap and water.
Then wash all of the other surfaces down with soap and water. Pay extra attention to the drip head. You may need a tooth brush or tooth pick to get this clean.
Run a couple of pots of plain water through the pot to get any lingering vinegar or soap and water out of the pot and mechanisms
You might be surprised at the taste difference in your coffee, especially if it has been a while since you last cleaned the coffee maker.
9 Kitchen exhaust fan.
Lets talk about the kitchen exhaust fan.
Have you even seen any of those restaurant shows where the fan is so caked in grease that you know it’s dripping in the food every time the kitchen heats up. I know, disgusting right?
Think that can’t happen at home too? Think again. That nasty build up can make your entire house smelly.
If it doesn’t get cleaned, it builds up on the screens and starts to cause odors in your kitchen.
To clean the fan, shut off the breaker and remove the screens. Wash them in the sink or throw them in the dish washer. Then wipe down any accessible surfaces with a mixture of vinegar, dish soap, and hot water.
You should clean your exhaust fan at least once a month. If you use alot of oil when you cook, clean you exhaust fan more frequentl;y.
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You wipe the cpunter off everyday, but, can you remember the last time you actually cleaned out the toaster?
Besides emptying out the crumbs that collect on the bottom slide out panel, you should unplug your toaster and use a dry paint brush to loosen any crumbs stuck to the inside of the toaster.
Turn the toaster upside down over the sink and shake out any remaining crumbs.
Wash and dry the crumb tray and wipe the exterior every time you use the toaster. Then give it a good overall cleaning once a month depending on how often you use it.
11 bathroom exhaust fans.
Bathrooms are the moistest room in your home.
That moisture causes dust and lint to stick to the fan cover and motor during normal operation. Once there’s enough of a build up it’ll start to affect the performance of the fan.
Vacuum the cover and wash off any dirt or grime. I soak mine in the sink before scrubbing it clean. While the cover is soaking, switch off the breaker and vacuum the build up out of the motor. You might need a special attachment to get any hard to reach debris.
If there is any grime build up, use a disinfectant wipe to remove as much as you can.
My bathroom is pretty small, but I find if I vacuum the cover during my weekly cleaning, I only have to clean the motor about once a year.
Read this related post for more things we don’t clean often enough 10 things we don’t clean enough, or often enough.
12 Shower curtain.
Most people don’t think to clean their shower curtain. Until they notice the disgusting mold build up at the bottom. But think of all that dirty water splashing of of dirty bodies and on to the shower curtain.
Depending on the number of people using a specif bathroom, you should probably be cleaning your shower curtain fairly regularly.
Toss the curtain in the washer with a load of towels, add a cup of baking soda for a little extra cleaning power.
13 pet dishes.
Do you ever see a hazy film build up on the inside of your pets food dishes? If you do, you’re not cleaning them often enough.
Oils from the food build up on the dishes creates a hazy layer. This build up can start to stink and can even contain bacteria that can have a negative effect on your pets health.
Wash your pets food dishes at least once a week. I allow my cats to free feed. That means I leave a dish of dry food out at all times.
I have two sets of dishes for them. I put out a full dish then when it’s empty, I put out the new dish and run the other through the dishwasher.
Keep your fur babies healthy by keeping their food dishes clean.
14 Dish washer.
It might seem a bit weird to have to clean the dish washer, but it needs to be done. Food particles can get stuck on the sides or in the drain and caiuse poor performance and odors.
As with any electrical appliance, please flip the breaker before cleaning any mechanical parts.
REmove and clean out the filter if your dish washer has one. Check the drain and spray holes for any remaining stuck on food. Then clean as needed.
Sprinkle the sprayer with baking soda and place a dish washer safe bowl of vinegar on the top rack. Run on the hottest cycle your dish washer has. I use the sanitize cycle.
Once the cycle is done, wipe down the interior walls with a disinfectant.
Add your dishwasher to your monthly cleaning schedule.
15 Washing machine
You’re washing machine is one of the hardest working appliances in your home. So give it a little love.
Today’s front loading washers tend to collect moisture and gunk inside of the door seals. That gunk turns sour and starts to make all of your laundry stinky too.
Much like your dish washers, some washing machines also have a filter that will need to be removed and cleaned.
Flip the breaker and clean out the filter. You may need to do a little research to figure out where the filter or drain trap is on your specific washing machine.
Use some disinfectant soap and a micro fiber cloth to wipe down the outside of the machine. Then wipe the interior of the washing drum and door.
Wipe down the outside surface of the door seal, then peel it back a little and wipe out the interior surfaces. You might need to rinse the cloth and repeat a few times to get the gunk out.
Sprinkle vinegar and baking soda in the washer and run it on the sanitize cycle.
I clean my washer on a monthly schedule.
16 Vacuum cleaner.
Do you see a little bit of a theme yet? You need to clean your cleaning machines.
Your vacuum collects all of the dirt and dust that enters your home. In order to keep it in tip top working condition, you’ll need to clean it regularly.
Start by emptying out any remains from your last house cleaning. Flip the vacuum over and remove any built up stuck on hair from the roller. Use scissors or a seam ripper to get it all off.
Wipe down all exterior and interior surfaces. Check filters to see if they need replacing and wash all removeable parts as needed.
Empty the canister and clean the roller after every use so it’s ready to go the next time. Check and replace the filters as needed on a quarterly basis. once a year take the entire thing apart to soak and wash any removable parts in the sink.
17 Bathroom walls around the toilet.
Yuck right?! I saved the worst for last, but now it’s time . The most disgusting surface you should be cleaning but probably don’t is the bathroom walls next to your toilet.
Part of most weekly cleaning routines include disinfecting the toilet and scrubbing walls with some really good disinfectant.
Did you know when you flush the toilet the is a plume of microscopic particles that spray into the air up to approximately 6 feet high? I don’t think I need to tell you what’s in that plume.
Yeah, grossed me out too. Once you visualize something like that, you can’t ever unsee it.
Grossed me out so badly, that I now scub those particular walls with a good disinfectant each week. It’s not great for the paint, but I can always add a fresh coat. Want to prevent some of the gross out factors and keep your bathroom a little cleaner? Close the toilet lid before you flush, then you can keep the plume some what contained.
Sorry there are so many things you should be cleaning but aren’t.
Well, there you have it, the dirtiest things you should be cleaning but probably aren’t.