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6 Things in Your Home You Need to Clean, but Probably Don’t

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When it comes to clean, we all know to attack our kitchen surfaces, nasty bathrooms, and funky floors…but, there are a ton of other places most of us forget to clean.

 

REFRIGERATOR

This monster takes up a ton of space in our kitchen, yet we may completely overlook the need to clean it.

Two Maids & A Mop Professional House Cleaners (PHCs) suggest starting with the inside of the refrigerator. To clean the inside of a refrigerator, remove all drawers and shelves and hand wash with warm soapy water.  Leave the drawers out to air dry when finished.

Next, use a dry cloth to clean out any loose crumbs. Then use a magic eraser or a microfiber cloth and a small amount of kitchen cleaner to wipe down the inside, spending extra time on any stubborn sticky spots. Then insert the clean shelves and drawers. Don’t forget to wipe the sides of your doors!

Finish up by cleaning the outside of your refrigerator.  Wipe down with a kitchen cleaner and cloth. If you have a stainless-steel surface, use a microfiber cloth with stainless steel cleaner, following the product directions.

Note: NEVER USE A MAGIC ERASER ON STAINLESS STEEL as this will damage the surface!

 

DISHWASHER

This is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen. However, we often forget to give it a good cleaning. Consumer Reports recommends the following three-step process at least once a month:

  • Step 1 – Clean the exterior with a sponge and (appropriate to surface) cleaner
  • Step 2 – Clear out the filter of all food scraps that can clog drains and cause smells
  • Step 3 – Sanitize and deodorize by placing a large bowl of vinegar in the center of the bottom rack and running the dishwasher on a normal cycle without detergent.

 

LIGHT SWITCHES, DOOR KNOBS and HANDLES

These little guys are touched hundreds of times each week, but we often over look them when it comes to cleaning. To help eliminate the spread of germs and bacteria make sure to wipe down these surfaces regularly with an antibacterial wipe and allow to air dry.

 

REMOTES

TV and device remotes are at the top on the list when it comes to items people forget to clean. Be sure to clean your remote at least once a week.  To do so, first remove the batteries from the remote. Then use an anti-bacterial wipe or a cloth sprayed with disinfectant and wipe the entire surface of the remote. If there is grime inside the buttons use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to carefully clean each button. Replace the batteries and you are good to go!

 

CLEANING SUPPLIES

It seems like an oxymoron to clean your cleaning supplies, but it is an absolute necessity. Be sure to wash your cleaning cloths and sponges regularly and in hot soapy water. Scrub your toilet brushes well and vacuum or at least shake out your brooms and dusters.

 

PILLOWS

These little pieces of heaven can get very funky over time. Dust mites, sweat, drool…well, you get the idea.

To keep dust mites and other allergens at bay, pillows should be cleaned every 3 to 6 months. (Pillow covers should be washed at least once a month, cases should be washed every week).

Be sure and check the care label on your pillows. If they are down-alternative and machine washable, simply toss that funky friend into your machine. Be sure to use the appropriate amount of liquid detergent and add in about a ½ cup of baking soda.  You’ll probably want a fragrance-free detergent as your nose will be right up on that thing later.

Note: Feather pillows should be dry cleaned and foam pillows should be spot-cleaned only. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the surface of the foam pillow to soak up any moisture. Follow this up with using a good strong vacuum to remove the baking soda.

After the extra spin cycle, place your pillows in the dryer on low for a good 20-30 minutes. Leave those guys in there until they are completely dry. And if you like your pillows extra fluffy, put a couple of tennis balls in a sock or a pillow case. Then toss that in the dryer too. This will help your pillow come out all nice and poofy.

Repeat this process every few months.

 

Whether you are a self-proclaimed neat freak or a certified slob, Two Maids & A Mop can help you out! give us a call today for a free quote!

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