We’re all spending our days at home physically distancing ourselves to protect our neighbors and loved ones. If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably started cleaning your home from top to bottom with all the extra free time on our hands. Have you gotten to the frequently forgotten or seldom-cleaned spots though?
Here are a few house cleaning tips and tricks to take care of the spots in your home you may have forgotten to clean—or just not had the time before. While you’re home, you can get the whole family involved in cleaning these oft-missed tasks so you can relax in a totally clean space.
Cleaning High-Touch Surfaces
Whether you’re completely quarantining and working from home or you work an essential job, you’re probably bringing outside supplies in—things like groceries, cleaning supplies, online orders. With these orders come germs, so it’s crucial that you disinfect high-touch surfaces to keep your home virus-free.
What are the germiest places in your home that need to be sanitized regularly? Start with your cell phone, TV remotes and computer keyboards. After all, they all are getting lots of use right now. What else?
- Your toothbrush holder
- Pet toys
- Your purse and wallet
- Light switches
- Refrigerator and microwave handles
- Drawer pulls
- Countertops and tabletops
- Toilet handles
- Faucet handles
Hand the kids a sanitizing wipe and a checklist every day so you can trust these high-touch spots to be clean and germ-free. You also should regularly replace your dish sponge, which can be a breeding ground for germs.
Other places to clean?
- Vacuum the air vents.
- Dust the blinds.
- Deep clean your oven.
- Scrub away the residue on your cabinets.
Dust and Clean Your Walls
Chances are you’ve never cleaned your walls, but dust and cobwebs accumulate. You easily can do this without having to climb a ladder. Attach a dry cloth to your Swiffer mop, and run it along walls, near the ceiling, in corners and along baseboards. Your walls will be clean in no time and with very little effort!
Clean Your Bedding
Have you cleaned your mattress lately? How about your pillows or your bedding? Cleaning your mattress is a quick task, but it’s one we don’t think to do frequently. Vacuum the whole mattress with an upholstery cleaner to start. Spot clean any spots with a stain remover, but be careful about what you’re using on your specific mattress. A memory foam mattress, for example, never should get wet. Sprinkle baking soda over the mattress, and let it sit for a few hours. This will break down acid and absorb odor and moisture. Then vacuum the baking soda.
You also can wash your pillows by hand or in the washing machine using hot water and low-suds detergent. Throwing a few tennis balls in the dryer with your pillows not only will cure any remaining germs but will fluff your pillows so they are cozy and clean too.
Wash Your Dishwasher
Your dishwasher cleans your dishes, but who cleans the dishwasher? Each time you use your dishwasher, you can wipe away remaining food remnants that end up in the drain at the bottom of the appliance, but it should also be cleaned from time to time too.
Pour two cups of white vinegar in a glass liquid measuring cup, and run it through an empty cycle on the top rack (with no detergent) to cut through grease and grime. Then sprinkle one cup of baking soda along the bottom of the dishwasher and run it again on a short, hot cycle to brighten and deodorize your dishwasher.
Clean Your Coffee Maker
Coffee from the coffee maker can keep us going when we’re working from home and don’t have access to our favorite coffee place. However, your coffee maker can harbor all kinds of germs. To clean your coffeemaker, run all the removable parts in the top rack of the dishwasher, and clean the reservoir with a mixture of white vinegar and water.
Tackle Bathroom Drawers and Cabinets
Are your bathroom drawers and cabinets stuffed to the brim with expired samples and accumulated hair and makeup products? Go drawer by drawer and get rid of things you’ll never use again—empty toothpaste tubes and lotions, leftover pill bottles, old razors, and products that ended up being a bust. All of these things can go into the trash, and your drawers can get wiped down and reorganized.
Clean Your Bagless Vacuum
If you’re vacuuming to suck up extra dust and get moving, your bagless vacuum might be filled with debris. Disassemble your vacuum cleaner, empty the receptacle and then rinse all of the removable pieces in warm water. Hair and strings might be caught up in the roller brush, and these can be carefully freed with a seam ripper or scissors.
If the filter on your vacuum can get wet, you also can rinse it until the water runs clear. You may find that your freshly cleaned vacuum cleaner works like a brand new one!
Trust Us to Be Your Coronavirus Cleaning Company
Are you in need of a house cleaning service? If you need professional disinfecting services, Cimara Cleaning can be there to clean your home after an illness or in order to help prevent one.
In addition to our house cleaning tips, we offer a host of services, including spring cleaning and recurring cleanings so you can enjoy a clean home while you quarantine at home.
Our insured and bonded staff are trained thoroughly in the best procedures to sanitize your home, and we are taking every precaution to keep our team and your family safe during these uncertain times.