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8 Things You’re Not Cleaning in Your Home (But Should Be)

When it comes to taking care of your home, it’s important to do everything you can to keep things looking shiny and new. However, it’s easy to lose sight of everyday cleaning tasks that could make a big difference in the appearance of your home, and the true cleanliness of your environment. Check out this blog, as Cardinal Cleaning’s professionals detail eight cleaning tasks you might be overlooking.

1) Computer keyboard

A keyboard is one of the dirtiest places in your home, and it’s full of germs. A study by the University of Arizona found that computer keyboards have more germs than toilet seats. Yuck! So it’s important to clean your keyboard regularly to prevent the spread of illness. Here are some tips for keeping your keyboard as clean as possible:

  • Keep your desk or workstation neat so you can find things when you need them.
  • Make sure you wipe down all surfaces with antibacterial wipes on a regular basis.
  • Get into the habit of using disposable gloves when touching anything that might be dirty, such as wiping up spills on your desk or using the bathroom.
  • Get a keyboard cover or mat to reduce the dust piling up.

2) Chargers and cables

While you’re at it, you may want to wipe down all of your devices with screen cleaning wipes. We are always touching our devices, even between meals. Plus, we hold our phones up to our faces, so the dirt and germs can easily transfer to our skin, mouth, and so on. Hence, it is so important to wipe down the devices, chargers, and cables that we are always using. Just think about it – we use these items nearly every day, but how frequently do we clean them?

3) Door knobs

You might not think to clean your door knobs, but they are actually one of the dirtiest things in your home. Door knobs are constantly touched by dirty hands, and they can easily become covered in bacteria. Plus, if you have pets, their fur can also transfer onto door knobs. To keep them clean, simply wipe them down with a disinfectant wipe or a cloth dampened with soapy water.

4) Microwave

If you’re like most people, your microwave probably sees a lot of action. Whether you’re reheating leftovers or making popcorn, chances are you use it several times a week. But how often do you clean it? If the answer is not very, you’re not alone. A survey by NSF International found that 40 percent of people never clean their microwaves. Believe it or not, even if you don’t cook with oil and you always wipe up spills immediately, there can still be enough residue from cooking to cause an odor problem. To remove food particles and other gunk from inside your microwave, consider these tips:

  • Clean the entire door — edges, both sides, and where it seals the oven — with a sponge dampened with water and dipped in a little baking soda.
  • Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge to rinse.
  • For a greasy window, clean with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water.
  • Rinse and wipe dry

5) Trash Can

Let’s face it, your trash can is probably one of the dirtiest things in your home. But we often forget to clean it because, well, it’s a trash can. So make sure to give it a good scrub down every few weeks. Don’t forget to clean the lid too! And if you have pets, remember that they will get into anything and everything so be diligent about keeping the area around the trash can clean as well. Next time you empty out the bin, think about tossing some citrus peels or essential oils on top of any food scraps left over to help cut down on odors.

6) Washing machine lint trap filter

Most people don’t realize that their washing machine has a lint trap filter that needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. A lint trap filter helps to prevent lint and other debris from clogging up your washing machine and causing it to break down. Over time, the lint trap filter can become clogged with lint and other debris, which can reduce the efficiency of your washing machine and cause it to break down. To clean your washing machine’s lint trap filter, simply remove it from the washing machine and rinse it off with warm water. You can also scrape with an old toothbrush. You should also clean the area around the lint trap filter to ensure that there is no build-up of lint or other debris.

7) Refrigerator

Most people think to clean the refrigerator when they see spills or when it’s time to do a deep clean of the kitchen. But you should be cleaning your fridge more often than that! At least once a week, you should wipe down the shelves and dispose of any expired products. A build-up of bacteria can cause food poisoning, so it’s important to keep your fridge clean. Plus, expired items can cause odors and also take up unnecessary space.

8) Pillows, sheets, mattress cover

We all know we should be washing our sheets and pillowcases regularly. How often is “regular”? You should really be changing your pillowcases weekly and sheets biweekly. This is important for your health, and also your skin. Don’t forget about the other elements that don’t get washed as often, like your mattress cover!

Contact Us!

If you know you’ve been missing these spots, and your home could use a deep cleaning, you know who to call! You can reach us at 404-920-8551 or email us at hello@cardinalcleaning.com for a free quote.

Cardinal Cleaning values consistent, quality service and trustworthy business practices. Our cleaners will use proper procedures and techniques to ensure you and your loved ones can enjoy cleanliness in your home. If you are in need of a cleaning service that provides consistent quality and service, we are your go-to local cleaning service serving Conyers, Georgia, as well as nearby areas including Covington, Loganville, Oxford, and Mcdonough. We would love to do the cleaning for you, so you have more time to do what you love. As we say, cleaning is for the birds!