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Beyond the Basics: 9 Sneaky Spots You're Probably Ignoring on Your Weekly Home Cleaning Checklist


Keeping a clean and organized home involves more than just the usual suspects like floors and countertops. There are hidden areas and items that might be silently accumulating germs and dust. In this weekly clean-up checklist, lets look at 10 things you might not have known you should be cleaning regularly to maintain a healthier and more hygienic home.

1. Remote Controls and Electronics

Remote controls

Remote controls, smartphones, and other frequently touched electronic devices are breeding grounds for bacteria. Wipe them down weekly with a disinfectant wipe or a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to keep them germ-free.

2. Reusable Grocery Bags

Our beloved eco-friendly, reusable grocery bags can harbor bacteria and even mold. Toss them in the washing machine weekly or wipe them down with a disinfectant to prevent potential health hazards. We love these bags because you fold up small enough to fit in your purse and can be thrown in the washer.

3. Toothbrush Holders

The very item meant to keep your toothbrush clean can accumulate bacteria and mold. Scrub your toothbrush holder weekly and let it air dry completely to maintain a hygienic environment for your toothbrush. Afterall you want the thing that cleans your teeth to actually be clean, right?

4. Shower Curtain Liners

Shower curtain liners can easily develop mold and mildew. Toss them in the washing machine or clean them with a mixture of vinegar and water to prevent these unwelcome guests from making an appearance.

5. Kitchen Sink Strainers

The often-overlooked sink strainers can harbor food particles and bacteria. Clean them weekly by removing any trapped debris and giving them a good scrub with soap and water.

7. Reusable Water Bottles

Reusable water bottles are convenient, but without proper cleaning, they can become an absolute breeding ground for bacteria. Use a bottle brush and hot soapy water to clean them thoroughly each week. Make sure not to skip scrubbing down any straws or lids. Yes, this includes all your Stanleys too!

8. Kids' Toys

pile of legos

Children's toys are touched frequently and can easily pick up germs. Wash plastic and bath toys with soap and water, and toss stuffed animals into the washing machine or freeze them to eliminate any potential allergens.

9. Baseboards

Our baseboards can get covered in dirt and dust quickly especially in the cold or hot months when the furnace and A/C are blowing. The worst part is that we typically don't even notice it. When you vacuum or sweep the floor, just make a Mom hack: wipe them down with a spent dryer sheet to help repel dust.

Maintaining a clean home goes beyond the obvious surfaces, and these 10 often-overlooked items and areas deserve some weekly attention. By incorporating these tasks into your cleaning routine, you'll not only create a healthier living environment but also ensure that your home stays fresh and hygienic for you and your family. Happy cleaning!

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