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Things We Should Be Cleaning But Are Not

Published Aug 7, 2021
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No matter the season, germs attach themselves to items we use every day. To protect ourselves we wash our hands frequently, but sometimes that’s not enough. 

Some of our everyday items can collect germs and transfer them back onto us. Protect yourself by cleaning and disinfecting these regularly used items. 

Our smartphones are always in use and easily collect germs. Keep your phone clean by disinfecting it once a day. Cleaning your smartphone includes its case and any other devices you use with it like earphones, mics, etc. If your phone is in a case, remove it and thoroughly clean the case. Check manufacturer’s cleaning instructions for all cases. Turn off your phone, then wipe it with a damp microfiber cloth. Sanitize with an alcohol free hand sanitizer or a Lysol disinfecting wipe.

Reusable grocery bags can collect harmful germs and need to be washed regularly. Check the tags for special washing instructions. Remove bottom cardboard inserts before washing. This insert can be sprayed with disinfectant. Wash all bags inside out in hot water for optimal cleaning. Hang bags to dry to prevent shrinking. Any nylon, plastic, or insulated bags should be wiped with disinfectant or hand washed with warm soapy water and hung to dry.

Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months and after being sick. Routinely clean your toothbrush by washing with soap and rinsing thoroughly in hot water. Soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash for 15 minutes to disinfect. Don’t forget to clean and disinfect your toothbrush holder too. 

Germs and bacteria can hide on your keyboard and remotes. A damp microfiber cloth is perfect for cleaning these water sensitive items. Compressed air can be sprayed around the keys of the keyboard to clean out tough to reach areas. Remotes and keyboards can then be wiped down with a disinfectant wipe.

Bacteria and viruses can survive on doorknobs and light switches for weeks. These high traffic areas of your apartment should be cleaned twice a week. Wipe down switches and plates with a damp microfiber cloth to avoid exposing them to too much water. Clean doorknobs with warm soapy water, then use a disinfecting wipe to sanitize all switches and doorknobs.