5 Things You Need to be Cleaning but Probably Aren’t

I promise this post isn’t intended to gross you out, but lets be real…cold/flu season is upon us and germs are gross so if there’s somewhere we can keep clean & sanitized that will help keep the yuck away then bring it on right?!

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1. Toothbrushes

They make handy dandy UV light sanitizers you can purchase, but you can also just store your toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide. It is recommended you replace your toothbrush monthly to keep from brushing with worn out bristles.

2. Kitchen Sink

This should be done daily. Did you know your sink can harbor more bacteria than a toilet? GROSS! Every evening after dishes have been washed be sure to scrub out your sink. I keep a mason jar of baking soda and some Thieves cleaner & essential oils below my sink so I can sprinkle some out and then just scrub with a drop or two of dish soap. Make sure to pull off your disposal splash guard too and scrub under there too!

3. Light Switches

This one is especially important around the areas of your home you have other people touching, like your guest bathroom. I like to take a lysol wipe or microfiber cloth and Thieves cleaner and hit light switches once a week with a quick wipe down. I also like to wipe around the switch too, you’d be surprised how dirty the wall gets around the faceplate. Don’t forget to grab any hand towels after guests leave too and replace with a fresh one!

4. Pillows

Pillows are the resting place for our heads at night, but also a resting place for dust mites, dead skin, oils, sweat, and drool. To wash your pillows in your washing machine, check your tag to be sure it is safe first and follow washing instructions. I wash mine every couple of months on a long hot cycle in my front loader with regular laundry detergent and Lysol’s laundry Sanitizer in the rinse cycle. I dry them on medium heat with some wool dryer balls to make sure they fluff back up.

5. Cell Phone

The most neglected place of all happens to be the one we put to our face daily. The surface of your phone can be 10X dirtier than a toilet and harbor e.coli and many other nasty bacterias. If you just got the heebie jeebies then good, I’m right there with you! It is SO important to clean you phone as often as possible. For water resistant phones (for all others check with your manufacturer) all you need to do is take some rubbing alcohol and wipe down your phone with a microfiber cloth. I recommend definitely fitting in to your morning or nighttime routine.

Now that you are thoroughly disgusted it’s time to go clean! Have any other places you clean that you’d like to share? Drop them in the comments, I’d love to hear your tips!

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