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Household Items You’ve Probably Never Cleaned

Hello honey buns,

This time of year always gets me in the mood for a spring clean, once I get in the mood, I love deep cleaning and getting right on in there to create a clean atmosphere in our home and make space for new items. Many people forget to clean certain places just because they’re not actually that obvious – It’s not until someone points it out and you cringe a little! Here’s some places you may have missed…

Shower Head

It drives me crazy when the water splurts out at every angle but downwards. This usually means that it’s a little caked up in limescale and need a good cleaning! I usually clean mine by soaking it in white wine vinegar for around 30 minutes to an hour, before wiping with a clean damp cloth. Works a treat!

Mattress

It actually keeps me out so much hearing about dust mites and other critters that could be living in your mattress. There are also many other things that could be within your mattress: sweat, blood, urine and other bodily fluids along with mold and mildew. Unless you thoroughly shower before bed every night, your mattress might also contain dirt, oils and trace chemicals from various toiletries, even pollen!

I clean our mattress by vacuuming the entire surface first. Then sprinkling baking soda all over it and give it a good scrubbing to make sure it gets in deep. Leave the baking soda for about 15 minutes then vacuum again. The baking soda lifts those sweaty smells and leaves it fresher – I’ve been known to sprinkle “shake and vac” on top too just for that lush lemon clean scent.

There aren’t any stains on our mattress as it is fairly new, but if you notice any on yours, just spot clean them with an an appropriate cleaner. Any upholstery cleaner or enzyme-based pet-odor remover will do the job on most bodily fluids. You could also try a simple solution of 1 teaspoon mild dish soap and 1 cup of warm water.

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Knife Block

When we changed our kitchen around slightly I was horrified to see how filthy the knife block had gotten. It was absolutely grim and trying to get the crumbs out of the bottom was such a pain. I tried to vacuum them out but the nozzle wasn’t quite long enough – I did manage to blast them out with my hairdryer before giving the whole block a damn good soaking in hot soapy water!

The blasting with a hairdryer technique also works for your toaster! Just make sure it’s off completely and you are able to vacuum up the mess afterwards.

Skirting Boards

It’s not often that people actually look closely at their skirting boards, it wasn’t until I was crawling around on the floor trying to find a dropped earring, that I noticed how disgusting ours were! Give those bad boys a good wiping, the amount of dust that settles on there is unreal! I just did mine with a warm  soapy cloth but I’ve also gone round the edges with antibacterial wipes before now too.

 

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Sweeping Brush

I didn’t notice this needed a clean until I flipped it around and saw all the hairs clinging to those bristles for dear life. I got myself a wire brush and brushed my sweeping brush bristles over the bin to loosen and remove hairs and other bits of debris. Afterwards, I gave my brush a good soak in hot soapy water to get rid of germs and make it look brand spanking new!

Reusable Shopping Bags

Using reusable shopping bags is a great way to cut down on waste and protect the environment. But you may be packing more than food in your reusable grocery bags, as these can actually become contaminated with germs. Often it is raw meat that is a common contamination culprit, the grocery bags often come into contact with poultry, meats and produce that have bacteria on them. Cross-contamination can occur when raw meat, produce and pre-cooked foods are placed in the same bag. If one of the raw meat containers leaked, it would contaminate the bag, so the next thing that goes into the bag can also become contaminated.

To clean your shopping bags, just pop them in the washing machine and let them air dry. If you have jute bags like we do, they can be a lot trickier to clean. Some people do wash these bags in a washing machine, but personally I wouldn’t. Instead, wash your jute or hessian bags in a sink filled with warm, antibacterial soapy water. Let them air dry completely, both inside out and the right side out. This ensures all the seams, nooks, and crannies are dry and aren’t retaining any moisture that can turn into mold.

Computer or Laptop Keyboards

Many nasties can lurk within the keys on our keyboards, just think of everything our hands have touched in a day. Have you washed your hands regularly? Have you eaten over your keyboard or even scratched your head over it? Even if you’re the cleanest of people, the oil in our skin transfers from our fingers to our keys and helps to stick dirt and bacteria down the sides, leaving them to fester into all sorts of nasty illnesses.

Did you know? … There is actually a sickness bug called Querty Tummy, named after the querty keyboard!

To avoid illness, clean your keyboard first by removing any debris. Just lift and shake, if you can blast between the keys with your hairdryer then go for it! You can also buy keyboard putty that literally lifts all sorts of dirty bits away from your keyboard by sticking them to it.

I then get some antibacterial wipes and go in, over and around each keys to gets rid of any bacteria. You can actually buy laptop cleaner kits too, but whatever is easiest for you!


Hope you found this helpful, my inner Monica Geller gets so excited reading cleaning posts. I do feel a little over the top when cleaning these areas, but they have to be done! Who knows what harmful bacteria could be festering there!

Have you ever missed these spots? Any usually missed places you have for me? If you have any cleaning tips or cleaning posts then pop a comment below.

See you next time,

Love Charlie x

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