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Spring Cleaning: 7 Things That You Should Clean but Are Not

By Edited Apr 19, 2016 3 5
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1. Hairbrush

We all know that we should clean our makeup brushes, the same is true for hair brushes. Most of us use a hair brush everyday without cleaning it causing it to build up with dirt and grease. This can contribute to a growing ground for germs which none of us want. To clean your hairbrush simply remove all the hair, then soak it in a sink with warm water and clarifying shampoo. Once it has soaked for a few minutes take it out of the water and let it air dry.

2. Phones

Most of us talk on the phone multiple times a day. We press the phone against our faces which causes oil and dirt to transfer from our face to the phone which causes buildup. We also have touched the phone hundreds of times before we held it up to our face transferring dirt, oil back to our face which can cause skin to breakout. To clean your phone is simple, wipe the surface of the phone with a cloth with all-purpose cleaner or a cleaning wipe, and let it dry. 

3. Car Steering Wheel

Many of us spend a lot of time in the car each day, which means touching the steering wheel a lot. The steering wheel of your car should be cleaned often, because it gets dirty fast! It also needs to be cleaned because it can easily transfer germs and dirt to other objects like your phone. To clean your steering wheel use leather cleaner or a disinfecting wipe if the steering wheel is leather. If it is plastic use a disinfecting wipe. 

4. Reusable Grocery Bags

We bring reusable grocery bags with us all over the place, from the grocery store to the pet store. They are used for many things such as carrying groceries or storing items in the car. This gives them the opportunity to pick up a lot of germs and dirt along the way. We need to make sure we clean reusable grocery bags so they do not pass germs onto our food and make us sick. To clean simply put them in the washing machine along with your clothing. 

5. Pillows

Many of us have never washed our pillows. Did you know that ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow is made up of dust mites and their droppings? Gross! Your pillows can be cleaned hand-washing or washing them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. If you have synthetic filled pillows they can be washed in the washing machine on hot and dried in the drier. It helps to put a tennis ball in the drier with them to help take out the lumps. Down or feather pillows can be hand-washed, or washed in the washing machine on gentle. However, they must be air dried. Memory foam pillows can be hand-washed and air-dried. 

6. Houseplants 

Yes, houseplants need cleaning too! Houseplants can collect dust, especially plants with large leaves. They also need to be cleaned because if they are not, they can become a breeding ground for small bugs. To clean spray with water and wipe off with a soft cloth. 

7. Credit Cards

Credit cards go everywhere with us and are touched by multiple people and used in multiple machines every week. This leads to a lot of dirt and germ buildup. Cleaning your credit card can help extend the life of your card and keep you from getting sick. To clean your credit card you will need a cloth and a pink eraser. First wipe your credit card with the cloth to remove any dirt that has built up. Then take the pink eraser and gently rub the magnetic strip on the back.

 

Comments

Apr 8, 2014 5:19am
LiviBui
Thanks for reminding me to wipe down my steering wheel!
Apr 8, 2014 1:47pm
Viking
I bet all of these things really pile up the germs. Keyboards and car keys could make the list too.
Apr 8, 2014 1:47pm
Viking
I bet all of these things really pile up the germs. Keyboards and car keys could make the list too.
Apr 9, 2014 12:49pm
rexrussel
Viking, I agree with you. However, I wanted to make a list of thing we often forget to clean.
Apr 10, 2014 7:36am
dogman007
Thanks.....now you triggered my OCD! Good tips though!
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