If you’re practicing physical distancing and stuck at home, you might begin noticing some house cleaning chores that were neglected until now. Even the most conscientious homeowner has tasks that get put off or overlooked. But with the family home together and nowhere to go, what’s holding you back from tackling them now?
If you’re unsure how to clean some things, now is the perfect time to learn. Try these house cleaning tips and use our lists of rarely-cleaned items to overcome your hesitation. And don’t hold back from getting the rest of the family involved in this year’s spring cleaning. You’re all in this together!
This season, cleaning is about more than making your home look good. Everyone is aware of the dangers of transmitting pathogens and how disinfecting surfaces and everyday objects helps prevent the spread of illness. So let’s start our house cleaning tips with a list of high-touch items that should be sanitized regularly but often get forgotten:
- Purses, briefcases, wallets, and backpacks
- Computer keyboards
- Remote controls
- Toothbrush holders (and toothbrushes!)
- Hairbrushes and combs
- Soap dispensers
- Light switches
- Stair railings
- The refrigerator and other kitchen appliances
- Window treatment cords or sticks
And what about the items you might not touch every day but tend to hold onto germs and other airborne particles? Don’t forget about:
- Dish sponges
- Garbage disposal drain
- Pet toys
- Your washer and dryer
- Kitchen towels
- Bed pillows
- Your mattress
- Trash cans
- The toilet brush and plunger
There are many cheap, easy ways to disinfect surfaces in your home. Launder fabric items. Vacuum your mattress, spot clean it with upholstery cleaner, and lightly spray it with antibacterial spray and wipe clean. Remove sticky spots on hard surfaces with hot water and dish soap before attacking lingering germs.
If you are out of commercial multi-purpose cleaner, make homemade disinfectant with three teaspoons of bleach in one gallon of water. Use this solution to wipe down germy surfaces, wait three to five minutes, rinse, and let air dry.
For effective but natural disinfectants, use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide–but never mix the two. Test hydrogen peroxide on an inconspicuous spot first to ensure it won’t cause discoloration. Wipe down or spray surfaces and let dry. If you don’t like the smell of these products, add a few drops of essential oil.
It’s the Little Things
Some of the most often overlooked grimy items in our homes are the little things we use every day without thinking about them. Some of them might be the most confusing to clean too.
When you need a new project to try with the family, gather these items, and read our simple instructions for cleaning them.
- Earbuds: Carefully clean with a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol.
- Game controllers: Remove the batteries. Dislodge any debris in the buttons with a dry toothbrush. Mix equal parts rubbing alcohol and water and dampen the corner of a clean cloth. Wipe down the controller. Wet a q-tip to get up any grime down around the buttons.
- Cheese grater: Grate a piece of potato over greasy surfaces and rinse.
- Curling iron: Simply rub a piece of plain steel wool on the metal rod to remove grime.
- Hairbrushes: Pick out trapped hair with toothpicks or a comb. Fill a sink with hot water and a few drops of shampoo. Submerge hair brush and scrub with an old toothbrush. Rinse and let air-dry overnight.
- Toothbrushes: Rinse out any debris. Place upside down in a tall cup of vinegar diluted with a little water. Let sit for ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.
- Rings: Make a soft paste with baking soda and water. Rub paste around all surfaces of the ring. Rinse with water (not over an open drain!) and wipe dry. For dirty rings, softly scrub with liquid dishwashing soap and water on a toothbrush and rinse.
- Bath toys: Soak toys in a gallon of warm water mixed with a ½ cup of white vinegar for about ten minutes. Rub gently with a sponge. Let air dry.
- Decorative flowers: Dust with a vacuum cleaner attachment set on low. Wipe silk flowers with a damp sponge. Dip washable flowers in water with a few drops of dishwashing soap and hang to dry.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
You probably miss cleaning many things in your home simply because you rarely see them. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t collecting dust and grime behind your back. Nothing will make you feel accomplished while stuck at home like cleaning out these nooks and crannies:
- Inside closets
- The wall behind the trash can
- Inside your ice maker
- Inside your dryer and dryer vent
- Inside bathroom fans
- Behind and under kitchen appliances
- Under and behind heavy furniture
- Inside your bagless vacuum cleaner
And if your kids are whining about being bored, pass out the brooms and dusters and send them on a hunt for other rarely-cleaned spots around the house.
Texas Cleaning Services When You Need Them Most
Cleaning can only hold the boredom at bay for so long. When you’re done cleaning up messes but still making them, call in the pros to get your house clean again.
Dust to Dazzle Maids has provided quality Texas cleaning services for over 35 years and is now serving as your coronavirus cleaning company. We are putting your health and safety first with precautions such as:
- Using hospital-grade disinfectant
- New high-touch disinfecting procedures
- Keeping sick staff home
Other practices have not changed, such as our superior detail house cleaning service. As before, we clean your home from top to bottom with the latest cleaning methods and attention to detail. Whatever grime your home has accumulated with everyone at home, we can eliminate it with ease.
If you haven’t tried our services before, now is the perfect time to find out why our clients love our detailed house cleaning. Get started now with a free quote!