Deep-cleaning your home may be associated with spring, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things that could stand some scrubbing now that fall is here.
We won’t bore you — or gross you out — with statistics on the germs that lurk in your house. Suffice to say that the dirtiest places are the ones you probably overlook. Fall is the perfect time to tackle them.
Here are a dozen nitty-gritty tips on cleaning the things that are most gritty.
1. House and car keys
2. Credit cards
3. Remote controls
4. Reusable grocery bags
5. Makeup brushes
Rinse them in cold water and lay them flat, not standing up, to dry so water doesn’t run into the handle. It is recommended that you do this in the evening to give them time to thoroughly dry overnight before using them again in the morning.
6. Computer keyboard and mouse
The crevices of the mouse can be wiped with a cotton swab and the same solution. To clean the inside of a rollerball mouse, press and turn the disk to open it. Wipe the ball and cover with the damp cloth. Gently run a barely-damp cotton swab around the inside and over the rollers.
7. Car steering wheel
8. Plastic shower curtain liner
9. The top of tall furniture
10. Refrigerator shelves
11. Trash cans
12. Inside washing machine
Sources: Holly Bruner of Holly’s Help, Arlington, 817-721-1087, firstname.lastname@example.org; IDreamofClean.net; MarthaStewart.com; “Hints From Heloise;” Good Housekeeping; Popular Mechanics; Better Homes and Gardens