6 things that must be cleaned weekly

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The bathroom mirror develops a layer of gunk that gets harder to remove if not cleaned once a week. (Pixabay pic)

People usually focus on cleaning where the dirt is most easily spotted but tend to forget some of the essentials when cleaning the house.

Certain things need a little more care and attention to keep them as clean and functional as possible. Here are the six things around the house that should be cleaned weekly.

1. Mirrors

Mirrors are used daily but the gunk and dust they attract are often overlooked. That thin layer of toothpaste, hairspray and water stains gets harder to remove if left uncleaned.

The easiest way to clean a dirty mirror is with vinegar. Fill up a spray bottle with white vinegar and apply it to the mirror and wipe it off using a lint-free rag. For a streak-free mirror, a newspaper and window cleaner will also do.

Spray the cleaner on the mirror and gently rub it in a circular motion with the newspaper until the solution has dissipated.

2. Dust

Dust can cause serious health problems. (Rawpixel pic)

A dusty environment is one of the unhealthiest living environments to be in. Dust can cause sinus problems and allergies and make people more susceptible to colds as it is circulated around the house by air conditioning or fans.

When dusting, it is important to use the correct tools. A feather duster is often used but it is actually far from helpful. It just spreads the dust from one place to another.

A soft, damp cloth, a microfibre duster or an electrostatic duster are the best options to get the job done.

3. Bedding

Changing the bedsheets once a week and vacuuming the mattress will help keep the bed dust and mite-free. (Pixabay pic)

People spend about 2,920 hours a year in bed, or four months. No one wants to spend that much time on dirty bedsheets.

It may look clean but there are many tiny dust particles and dead skin, not to mention the microscopic creepy crawlies like dust mites living on the sheets and mattress.

Changing the bedsheets weekly can help improve the quality of sleep and prevent bed bugs or dust mites from invading the bed.

Washing bedsheets in hot water and vacuuming the mattress is the perfect recipe for a clean and dust-mite-free bed.

4. Refrigerator

A good clean once a week helps keep the fridge free of bacteria and mould. (Rawpixel pic)

When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, people usually forget about the fridge. It should be cleaned from the inside out once a week, to clear out old leftovers and wipe down the shelves.

Throwing out unwanted or no longer edible food from the fridge helps free up space for other items.

Wiping the interior and the exterior of the fridge with dishwashing liquid and a sponge removes dirt and bacteria and prevents mould from growing on the surface.

5. Microwave oven

The microwave oven is a kitchen hero but it is often overlooked at cleaning time. (Pixabay pic)

Another kitchen appliance that is often overlooked is the microwave oven. A microwave oven is a kitchen hero with so many uses.

The more use it gets, the more reason to clean it regularly. Food spatters can cause stains and the best way to clean them is with something acidic such as vinegar or lemon juice.

Run the microwave oven for five to 10 minutes with an open bowl of lemon juice or vinegar in it, remove the bowl (careful it’s hot) and wipe down the inside with a dish cloth.

6. Sponges

Sponges must be cleaned and changed often as they are bacteria magnets. (Rawpixel pic)

Sponges are one of the most useful and common items when it comes to cleaning, which means they are dirt and bacteria magnets.

Using a dirty sponge only spreads the dirt and bacteria instead of cleaning.

The safest and most effective way to clean a sponge is to saturate it with water and microwave it for one or two minutes. Depending on the use, a sponge should be replaced every one or two weeks.

This article first appeared in kaodim.com

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