10 Things You Aren't Cleaning That You Definitely Should Be

Spring cleaning is right around the corner, and it's called Spring cleaning for a reason. We’ve all grown used to waking up when it’s still dark, and coming home at twilight, and chances are you haven’t paid much attention to your quality of life.

But as we begin to emerge from under our blankets off the couch, it becomes easier to notice that your standard of living has been a bit on the decline. Maybe you’ve gotten a cold or the flu, or your allergies are out of whack because you let those dust bunnies pile up a bit too long.

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1. Your pet’s food and water bowls

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How often: Daily

Your pets should get the same treatment you would expect when eating and drinking. Wash both food and water dishes with soap and hot water, and be sure to thoroughly rinse the soap from each. Better yet, sanitize each bowl by running it through your dishwasher. An antimicrobial stainless steel bowl will also give your best furry friend an extra layer of protection from nasty bacteria.

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2. Your ceiling fans

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How often: Monthly

Even with regular use, dust can accumulate on your fan’s blades. To easily clean them, Martha Stewart recommends using a pillowcase by sliding it over each blade, and using both hands to gently wipe the top and bottom of each blade. Then simply throw the pillowcase in with your weekly laundry.

3. Your toothbrush

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How often: Weekly, and replaced at least every 3 months

Think about how many millions of bacteria live in your mouth, and how the tools that you use to remove the bad ones then become the perfect breeding ground for some seriously gross stuff. There are a few ways to make sure you are keeping yourself protected from gingivitis, cavities, and the common cold: Give brushes/electric brush heads a good soak in hydrogen peroxide or an antibacterial mouth rinse prior to use, or try out a storage system like a Steripod, which uses vapors to kill fungi and bacteria.

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4. Your refrigerator

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How often: Weekly, and monthly

A well-maintained fridge is not only good for aesthetics, it’s the place where your store one of the best things in the world – FOOD. Because the areas collect condensation, it’s important to keep it mess free so that your food stays good for you. Wipe down all shelves and any sticky surfaces weekly, including the handle, with warm water and soap, and dry thoroughly. Also be sure to toss out food stuffs that are past their prime. For a deep monthly cleaning, follow these rules to reach every spot of your refrigerator.

5. Your makeup brushes

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How often: Monthly

If your makeup brushes aren’t performing as well as they used to, or if you’ve been subject to an uptick in breakouts, excess makeup, bacteria, and dead skin cells are probably the culprits. When it’s time to give them a good, soapy rinse, mix 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Dip and massage the bristles until clean, and rinse until the water runs clear. Reshape and lay flat to dry. Or, if you want a speedier method that dries your tools instantly, try a brush spinner.

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6. Your coffee maker

How often: Every use, and monthly

It’s hot and it collects water condensation, so it’s gonna breed all sorts of nastiness. Not to mention the quality of your coffee is probably suffering with all that residue built up. Wash all removable parts with warm, soapy water, and wipe down the hot plate and outside of the machine. Leave the reservoir lid up to dry out the inside. Good Housekeeping recommends cleansing and decalcifying monthly, following these directions.

7. Your pillows

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How often: Twice a year

As you sleep, you sweat and loose dead skin cells that can accumulate in your pillows. Strip pillows and wash in warm water with liquid detergent, and run a second rinse cycle to be sure that all detergent is removed. Dry on low heat. Even synthetic and down-filled should have cleaning and care instructions on the label, or on the manufacturer’s website. Allergy sufferers should consider investing in pillow protectors that can be washed regularly with your sheets, and keep dust mites at bay.

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8. Your keyboard and computer mouse

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How often: twice per month

Because basically of us has job that requires a computer, your keyboard will inevitably collect everything that your hands have touched, plus food tidbits. Clean your keyboard by unplugging/turning it off first, then spray crevices with compressed air or gently shake it upside down. Next gently wipe down keys with a damp microfiber cloth.

9. Your remote control

How often: Weekly

Unless you’re only using your remote control after thorough hand-washing, it’s just sitting there collecting germs. Take out the batteries first, and use a 1:2 mixture of white vinegar and water and some Q-Tips (squeezed of excess moisture) to get in between all those buttons. Wipe down back and sides with a cloth and vinegar mixture.

10. Your cell phone

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How often: As frequently as possible

Phones. Are. Disgusting. One report says that your cell phone is 18x dirtier than the toilet handle of a public bathroom. And those germs are making you sick and causing acne! To clean your mobile device, use a rubbing alcohol wipe or a cloth and equal parts white vinegar and distilled water, careful to avoid buttons and any crevices where moisture can get in and cause damage. For germaphobes who want an extreme clean, invest in a UV Light Sanitizer you can pop your phone into anytime you like.

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