Just like any other high-touch surface in your home, the thermostat control needs to be wiped down and disinfected. It’s easy to forget such a small thing. However, if the control unit gets dirty enough, it can malfunction and even affect your energy consumption.
Disinfect the surface with a Clorox wipe once in a while. We promise it can be just as germy as a light switch or doorknob. If you’re feeling ambitious and want to go the extra mile, remove the control cover and use some compressed air to blow away dust. You can also gently dust the interior if you don’t have compressed air handy.
Lampshades have to be one of the most tedious things to clean. You have to reach in at an awkward angle to reach all the dust, or you have to dismantle your lamp completely. What’s the point? Well, if you conveniently “forget” to clean your lampshades all the time, they’re probably home to a fine layer of dust particles.
Suck it up and dust those babies off every so often. Once a week is fine, or once a month if you truly dread the task. Like it or not, if you work it into your cleaning routine, it will eventually become a habit.
Reusable Grocery Bags
Many of us have reusable bags fully stocked in our purses or cars for the weekly trip to the grocery store. There’s no shame in admitting that most of us unpack our groceries and then put away these bags without washing them. That’s a big mistake.
Reusable bags need to be washed consistently, especially if you use them to tote raw meat and produce from the grocery store to your fridge. Bacteria galore can live on the fabric and cause cross-contamination if you’re not careful. Definitely wash your reusable grocery bags more often if you store them in the car. The heat can cause any left-behind bacteria to thrive.
Whether it’s a drawer organizer or ceramic crock, utensil holders can get surprisingly dirty. When was the last time you looked at the organizer underneath all your knives and forks? It’s a scary thought, but these vessels can carry a lot of dirt, grime, and bacteria. These contaminants can easily get on your “clean” utensils.
Every so often, empty out your utensils and give your organizer a deep clean. Kitching cleaning solution or vinegar is good enough, as long as you’re thorough. That way, you can rest easy knowing your drawer or crock is just as clean as your eating utensils.
Just like doorknobs, most of us don’t give the handrails in our homes a second thought. It’s for this very reason that they need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Whether it’s wooden banisters or stainless steel shower rails, these high-touch surfaces need some cleaning love every once in a while.
Disinfecting and cleaning handrails can easily be incorporated into a regular dusting routine. Most banisters and rails need a quick wipe down every once in a while to prevent dust. Then, disinfect them with a cleaning solution that won’t harm the handrail material. Vinegar is always a good choice.