Germs are everywhere in your bathroom, on the remote controls, the kitchen counters, that little opening between your stove and the counter, and even in the air vents. Yes, we can clean every day and get every nook and cranny but for 90% of the population that just isn’t possible. Between work and after-school activities, there just isn’t enough time left in the day. So, for that 90% here are the top ways to ensure your home is free of germs and harmful substances.
Make a Weekly Cleaning Schedule
Doing this will ensure you get all the areas of your home clean. A weekly schedule would include:
- Mopping once a week
- Vacuuming/ sweeping everyday
- DE sanitizing all countertops/ remotes every day
- Changing the bedding once a week
- a load of laundry every day
- Dusting twice a week
- Bathrooms twice a week
- Windows/mirrors once a week
Giving the House a Deep Clean
Giving the house a deep cleaning is a great way to ensure your home is germ-free. Now how often you should deep clean will vary based on what part of the house you are cleaning.
Deep cleaning can be a strenuous task. If you don’t have the time or are unable to do it because of medical reasons, there are hundreds of cleaning services that will be more than happy to help you. If you live in the New York area make sure you find a reliable for all your deep cleaning services make it a point to do your homework and ask around to find the best cleaning company in your area. The real professionals will know what to use and have a proper pricing list for you.
Kitchen– The kitchen should be deep cleaned every month. This will include:
- Cleaning the inside of the fridge
- Going through cabinets –
o get rid of expired food and spices
- Wash the inside and outside of cabinets
- Go through the junk draw
- Clean the inside of the oven
- Clean all your appliances
o Coffee machine
- Clean on top of fridge and cabinets
Living room– The living room should be deep cleaned once a month, but some areas will require you to only deep clean once in a while like
- Carpets cleaned- 12-18 months
- Couches washed or steamed- once a year
- Curtains- 3-6 months
As for everything else in the living room
- Move all furniture and roll-up area rug up so the floors can get a good sweep and mop.
- Remove all books and knick-knacks from shelves and give a good dusting and wipe down the shelves.
- Take down everything from the walls and wipe down the walls and baseboards.
- If you have hardwood floors give, them a good polish every 2-4 months
Bedrooms– Bedrooms should be deep cleaned once a month this will include
- Wiping down walls and baseboards
- Cleaning under the bed and in closet
- Cleaning any fans
- Dusting and polishing bed frame and headboards
This will also include getting the carpets clean but that can be done every 12-18 months or sooner if needed.
Bathroom– The bathroom should be deep cleaned twice a month but in reality, the bathroom is such a high traffic area and hold the most germs and other harmful substances that you give it a deep clean every week anyway. But this is what you should clean in the bathroom.
- Clean inside and out of the bathtub
- Clean the sinks
- Wash all rugs and toilet seat covers
- Clean and dust the light fixtures
- Clean out under the sink
- Clean out the medicine cabinet
- Clean shower rod
- Wipe down walls and baseboards
Writing When Things Need to Be Changed in Your Calendar
One of the biggest reasons germs can spread is because we forget to or in some cases don’t know when things need to be replaced. The best way to remember is to write down when they need to be replaced in your calendar or set a reminder on your phone. Here are a few things you should be replacing and how long they last.
- Toothbrush- 6-8 weeks
- Shower Curtain- 3-6 months
- Toilet bowl brush- 6 month
- Vacuum filter- 3-6 months
- Air vents- 6-12 months
- Box of baking soda in the fridge- 3 months
- Water filter on your fridge- 6-8 months
- Hand towels- 2 years
- Bathmats – 2 years
- Mops- 2 months
- Pillows -2 years
Get an Air Purifier
An air purifier will filter out any dust, allergens, mold, or mildew as well as any viruses and bacteria in the room and leave you with clean fresh air.
Nobody likes being sick having germs or other harmful substances like mold or mild in your home can lead to an increase in colds, and flu and puts you and your family are a risk for other illnesses like salmonella. Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary from the outside world and that includes all the germs and bacteria that come with it. I hope these top ways to keep your home free of germs and harmful substances help you.