When it comes to cleaning your household items, we can all be a little slack. There are so many things in our house that need to be cleaned regularly, that we often just forget to do. Here are the products in your house that you should be replacing or cleaning regularly, and how you can clean these items yourself.
In The Bedroom:
Your bedroom is somewhere you spend every night, so it’s one of the many places you should be cleaning regularly. Infested with skin cells, germs and dirt, your bedroom is actually pretty gross if you don’t clean it regularly. Especially your bed. Unless you regularly wash your sheets, duvet and pillows, your bed is ridden with oil, dirt, dust and sometimes even microbes, which can, in turn, make you sick. It’s making me sick just thinking about it. Wash your pillows every three-to-six months, and wash your duvet every one-to-six months. When it comes to your sheets, quilt cover and pillowcases, wash them every week. Yes, every week. If it’s been way too long between washes, it’s best you buy new bed sheets online. It’s also important that you vacuum or sweep your bedroom floor every week, so you can get rid of that excess dust and grime that gets made from heavy foot traffic.
In The Bathroom:
Your bathroom is a place that gets dirty fast. Really fast. It’s literally a room dedicated to transferring dirt from one place to another, i.e. from your body to the drain. With this in mind, it’s important to make sure that you regularly keep your bathroom clean, so you can avoid getting nasty bacteria on you, when you’re trying to get it off you. You should be cleaning your toilet every week, with a deep clean taking place once a month. Your towels may not be as clean as you think, even though you only use them when you’re clean. Wash them every week, to avoid nasty mildew from growing. You should also be cleaning your bath mats every two weeks, for the same reason. Cleaning your shower head is something that often goes over people’s heads, (Get it? They go over people’s heads? Sorry.) and should be cleaned every year. A modern, water saving shower head should be installed so you can enjoy a relaxing shower, that doesn’t cost the earth. You should also make sure that you’re cleaning the grout and tiles of your bathroom every year.
Kim Good from Import Ants shares her wisdom for mopping the floor. “Cleaning does not have to be complicated." says Kim Good from Import Ants "Going back to basics with chemical-free cleaning and our Eco Max natural fibre household brushes will have your home spring cleaned in no time as well as being safer for your family and the planet.
This Tea Tonic for Timber recipe uses the natural tannins in the tea which react with the timber and keep it healthy. Simply make a pot of tea using 5 teaspoons of tea leaves, let this steep then pour into a bucket of boiling water. Wrap an old pair of pantyhose around your coconut fibre broom, dip your broom into the tea mix, and then use to mop your floor. Simple, healthy and natural. You can use a scented tea, like lemon or rose for some extra fragrance. The tea won't harm your Eco Max Broom just hang your broom outside to dry.” Find out more about Import Ants by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
In The Kitchen:
Your kitchen is another place that gets dirty really fast, and it’s imperative that it’s kept clean, to avoid vermin and sickness from entering the food space. You should wash your tea towels every day. Yes, every day. Your oven and stove should be scrubbed and cleaned every six months.
Elke Keeley, the founder of Urban You shares how you can make the tough job of cleaning your stove easy. “Don't avoid cooking because your oven is looking a little worse for wear, and don't worry about sacrificing the weekend, because this oven cleaning hack will get you back to cooking in no time. Here's how:
1. Warm it up, but not too hot that you can't put your hand in.
2. Make up a paste of bicarb and warm water, then rub it all over your oven.
3. Follow up with a generous amount of white vinegar.
4. Let it work its magic for 1 hour.
5. Wipe it away! Too easy” Find out more about Urban You by following them on Facebook and Twitter.
You should also make sure that you give your dishwasher a clean every six months, and give your fridge a solid, deep clean four times a year.
On Your Back:
With all this cleaning, have you ever thought about cleaning what you’re wearing? Sure, you wash your undies and your t-shirts every day (or every second day), but what about the rest of your clothes? Make sure you clean your jeans every six months (this is a topic of much debate), your tights and stockings after every wear (yes, every wear). Did you know that you really should wash your new clothes before wearing them? You can remove excess dye from the fabric by doing this, as well as removing Urea formaldehyde from the fabric, which is used to prevent mildew from growing (usually applied to clothes that travel long distances in humid, tight containers). Another frightening reason why you should wash your clothes before you wear them is that of a number of people that have tried on the clothes that you’ve bought. It’s possible to transfer lice, bacteria and fungus from clothing, and since you don’t know who tried on that pair of pants before you, it’s best to remove any risk of infection. Gross.
Keeping your home clean is not just a good habit to get yourself into, but it’s also important for your overall health. You don’t have to obsess over it, but make sure you’re regularly cleaning the spaces you use the most, as you can prevent allergens, bacteria and other nasties from spreading in your home.