We sweep out floors and do our laundry, but everyday things in our house get overlooked: and they can be some of the dirtiest things. Here are 8 things you should be cleaning way more often than you probably are:

  1. Your TV remote control: WHY? Bacteria collects on your hands more than anywhere else, and the TV remote can pick up more germs than we think. Often TV watching goes along with snacking, which means touching the remote control with all of its germs and then putting food in your mouth. This is a recipe for illness. HOW? Use a Q-tip or cotton swab with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Your dishwasher: WHY? Dishwashers are supposed to clean all of our dirty dishes, but by doing this, they get dirty themselves. HOW? Pour one cup of baking soda in the bottom of the machine and place a cup full of white vinegar in the top shelf. Run the dishwasher once.
  3. Your bed pillows: WHY? This is something we use every day, without fail. Your face and hair are dirty after a long day, and even if you shower before bed, oils and bacteria build up over night. HOW? Throw the pillows in the washing machine with a little detergent, and a few tennis balls. The tennis balls keep pillows fluffy.
  4. Your makeup brushes: WHY? If you use a makeup brush, you will know that you rub it all over your face daily. Even after a few days, the oils and bacteria on your skin can build up on your brush. At that point you are just rubbing all of that back on your face. HOW? Every month or so, pour a little baby shampoo on a flat surface. Wet the brush and rub the brush thought the shampoo until clean.
  5. Your purse or bag: WHY? Bags carry everything in our lives, and especially if we use them every day, can get filled with junk and germs. HOW? Use a lint roller over the inside and outside surfaces of the bag. Wipe with baby wipes once finished rolling.
  6. Your cell phone: WHY? Constantly on our phones, they are some of the dirtiest things we own. In our pockets, bags, and everywhere else, they touch every surface imaginable, not to mention our face and hands. HOW? Use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to completely wipe surface.
  7. Your light switches and door knobs: WHY? Again, our hands touch these every day and they rarely get cleaned. HOW? Any disinfectant wipe or spray.
  8. Your water bottles: WHY? Any time your mouth touches something, there are germs involved. Using the same water bottle day after day collects bacteria where your mouth touched and can stay there for days if unwashed. HOW: Use soap and water, like any other dish.


Thanks for reading, and happy cleaning, friends!