It’s surprising just how filthy household items can get and the serious harm that these surfaces can cause if not cleaned properly. Harmful germs will breed on a surface within hours so it’s important, especially at winter time when people are more likely to pick up a virus, to regularly clean surfaces.
With that in mind, we though we’d share some top cleaning tips to help you keep things running smoothly at home:
Soak in the sink
Within eight hours, one bacterium on a damp cloth can turn into six million, so soak your cloth in the kitchen sink in a couple of inches of hot water with a capful of bleach or other multipurpose cleaner.
Leave those lids down
Germs from the toilet bowl can become airborne for two hours after each flush and travel as far as six feet. Always replace the lid before flushing! If you need to use a toilet brush, make sure you disinfect it after use.
Campylobacter is carried by about half of all dogs and cats, which can cause food poisoning in their owners. If you let pets join you on the sofa, spray the upholstery afterwards with Dettol All in One Disinfectant Spray to kill germs and harmful bacteria.
Put bacteria to bed
A warm bedroom is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites. The average person sheds up to 10g of skin a week and up to 18kg in a lifetime. Pull back bed linen every morning, vacuum your mattress as well as under the bed every few weeks and open the windows.
On your marks
Stubborn marks on your toilet bowl or enamel bath? Try rubbing a pumice stone on the stain. It’s hard enough to shift stains yet soft enough not to mark the surface.
A fair proportion of a pillow’s weight is made up of skin scales, dandruff, sweat, and saliva. Load two pillows at a time into the washing machine then stick them in the tumble dryer with a few tennis balls to stop the filling clumping.
Get in the spirit
Tackle those stains with a splash of vodka or gin on carpet or upholstery. To be safe, check a hidden area first to make sure the colours don’t come out.
Sink your toothbrushes into it
They’re great for getting into those tricky corners such as around the base of taps, tile grouting and around the hinges of the toilet seat.
Seal out the germs
The seal around the fridge commonly harbours mould, which can spread every time the fridge door opens, contaminating the food. Remember to wipe fridge seals in your cleaning routine.
Kill bacteria in beaks
A child’s rubber duck can harvest multiple dangerous germs in their beaks and harmful mould at the base. Before first use, apply glue in the holes to prevent mould from creeping in.
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