The laundry list of effects that should be cleaned on a daily basis continues
This is not the first time when we’re talking about the things you should clean much more often than you think. So if you want to start from square one read this article first.
If you’re good to go, let’s continue with the second part of our list with the things that should be cleaned daily because the bacteria are never fully asleep and ready to cause a huge amount of troubles.
Time to head up Straight to your Bedroom
It may sound sort of upfront but if you’ve read our first article based on the items you should clean daily, you already know that we didn’t start directly from
We know that washing your bed sheets and pillowcase every day may seem a bit too much so we can let you easy on this one. The recommended time frame between each change of the bedclothes stands at a maximum of seven days (you know, exactly like Samara used to say –
While you might feel safe sleeping on your pillowcase for days without changing it, have in mind that according to a study by Amerisleep your pillowcase has three million bacteria per square inch by the end of a single week, with that number jumping to 11.96 million by the end of the month.
Plus, if you have trouble sleeping, your bedclothes or comforters may be responsible. The traditional detritus, from dead skin to hair to crumbs, which you’ve left to lay around, can make it truly uncomfortable to take the much needed good night rest.
The moral of the story is that you should change your bedclothes daily or at least rethink about the pillowcase, especially if you often experience skin irritations or suffer from some form of acne. Even this simple act can truly make a difference.
Pro Tip: You can throw tennis balls into the dryer to keep your comforters fluffy, or even better to have them professionally dry cleaned once in a while.
Don’t worry, it’s far from necessary to clean your mattress daily or even once in a month but still, twice a year is the minimum, when it comes to health and comfort.
It doesn’t sound alluring but your mattress is home to numerous dead skin cells, dust mites and therefore - one of the favourite hideout places for the bacteria. So it definitely deserves a good cleanse at least once in every six months.
After all, it’s your bed we’re talking about and you don’t want to think about all the dirt accumulated through the year, don’t you?! So don’t forget to vacuum, spot clean, deodorize, and go it some fresh air from time to time.
Always make your bed
Did you know that if you start the day by making your bed, it’s proven you'll be much more productive and stimulated over the next 24 hours?!
Numerous studies claimed that even the smallest effort, which gives you a sense of accomplishment, may do wonders with your confidence and boost your mood. Plus, a made bed automatically means instantly nicer environment. So don’t skip this ordinary chore before leaving your place in the morning.
Swipe your Nightstand
Since your nightstand is not a
one-night stand and it’s here to stay, don’t forget to swipe it before heading up straight to bed.
After all, it’s the closest surface (excluding your bed) to your face during the whole night, so you definitely don’t want to leave it covered with dust or worse. That’s why a quick wipe is strongly advisable.
The items you touch every single day
We’re pretty sure that you’ve seen this one coming, so let’s get straight to the list, starting with:
Nowadays our phones have become somewhat of a literal extension of our fingertips, so it’s no wonder that their screens contain more bacteria than a toilet seat. Even though you wash your hands before putting them anywhere near your face, do you act the same way when it comes to your touchscreen?! We kind of you do, that’s why we’re about to clear things up.
The screen of your phone touches the sensitive skin of your face each and every time you make a call, so it’s in your best interest to keep it clean, especially if you don’t want to deal with some terrible breakouts.
According to a study of the University of Oregon, there are more than 7,000 different types of bacteria growing on your touchscreen. The most common were from families like Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Corynebacterium families. These bacteria are typically found in the human mouth and on the skin. Among the others, the most common were Acinetobacter baumannii, a major source of infection in hospitals, and antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
On average, a smartphone has 25,000 germs per square inch. Some of the objects that are cleaner than our phones are - pets’ eating bowls, the soles of shoes and even public toilets.
Worrying, isn’t it? Especially, if all you have to do in order to keep your phone clean is simply to lightly spritz a microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe all over.
Don’t forget to remove the case once a week for a more thorough cleanliness. That way you can remove any gunk that might be trapped underneath.
What about Your Keys
Do you know that keys harbour more bacteria than elevator buttons?! Well, it is true and when you imagine how many people a day are using the elevator… you’ve got the idea.
Still, as a rule, we never clean our keys, and quite often touch them with dirty hands, keep them in dirty pockets and even drop (or intentionally leave) them on the ground.
As a result, we bring an incredible amount of infectious bacteria into our home, onto the kitchen counters and on our hands, of course. That’s why cleaning the keys with antiseptic wipes is kind of mandatory. It won’t take long to do so once a day when you get home.
Your purse and/or wallet
After everything we’ve written till now, it won’t come as a surprise that your purse and wallet carry traces of all kinds of germs. When you think about how often you handle and place it on various unclean surfaces, counters and floors, it’s the only logical outcome.
A UK’s NHS (The National Health Service) study found that bacteria could be grown from almost all purses (or 95% to be exact). The most common types of bacteria identified were Micrococcus and Staphylococcus, followed by Bacillus. Only three of the 80 women in the study said that they clean their purses at least once a month and 82% of them never empty their handbags.
That’s why cleaning out your bag in order to eliminate germs and to make things easier to find (although we all know that a woman's purse is some kind of black hole on its own) is strongly advisable.
So let’s get things done. The vinyl bags can be cleaned with a disinfecting wipe. You can use an alcohol-free baby wipe if you have to deal with a leather handbag. And when it comes to cotton bags - they can simply be washed in hot water and then air-dried.
Moving on to Your Water Bottle
We sincerely hope that you’re not into single-use plastic ones. It is not exactly a plus to choose reusable bottles but when it comes to saving the environment, it’s the right thing to do in the long run, and if you keep your bottle clean, there’s nothing to fear of.
According to a research published in the Annals of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the average amount of bacteria in adults’ reusable water bottles is 75,000 per millilitre. If left unclean, that number has the potential to reach up to two million per millilitre within a single day.
So make sure that you always empty all of the water at the end of the day and thoroughly wash it with a mixture of antibacterial dish soap and hot water, or you can try copper bottles, which have a natural antimicrobial effect instead.
If you work in an office, then Your Keyboard is your best friend but we somehow doubt that you treat it that way.
If you use your computer on a daily basis, that’s how often you should be cleaning your keyboard. Just like the earlier mentioned cellphones, it’s getting germs and all kind of bacteria transferred from your fingertips throughout the day. It gets even uglier if you have the habit to have a snack while working on your desk.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, it may even be teeming with staphylococcus aureus, which can cause potentially serious infections. There’s more - the average desktop has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.
Just like your phone, you can clean it with a microfiber cloth and rubbing alcohol.
Our next stop is Your Remote Control
You can clean it in the familiar way – using some rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth or even just an antibacterial wipe, which will kill most of the icky germs. You should wipe down your remote control at the end of every day in order to keep your home bright and clean. All that channel surfing makes for a whole lot of germ transfer onto the buttons and back on your hands.
According to a research done by the American Society for Microbiology, remote controls are the most germ-laden items in hotel rooms, with faecal bacteria appearing on 81% of the studied once. So the fight for the control over TV programs is no longer the most important one, and it’s about time to fight with the germs instead.
Next time, before going out for a drive, you might want to consider wiping down Your Steering Wheel first.
A recent study from CarRentals.com revealed that the average steering wheel harbours 629 colony-forming bacterial units per centimeter—four times the amount found in an (often quoted in this article) average public toilet seat.
All you have to do in order to get rid of the germs and get back the control in your own hands is to give your wheel a wipe-down with an antibacterial cleanser and vacuum your car often (once in the maximum period of two weeks).
Researchers from Queen Mary University in London measured 700 bacteria per square inch or nearly nine times more than what they found on public toilet seats. Having in mind that the steering wheel is usually the first thing you touch when you get in the car, makes things even worse. Don’t forget that your vehicle is a commonplace to drink coffee, have a quick snack, apply makeup or (if in your early twenties) even make out.
To make sure you’re not driving to work and back home millions of bacteria, keep a package of cleaning wipes in your car and regularly wipe down the wheel, altogether with the gear shift knob, the radio buttons, and the handles.
Let’s talk about the Doorknobs, handles & light switches, which your fingertips are touching daily.
If you think those people using their elbows or paper towels to open doors are being paranoid, you may rethink this at once. According to a study published in the Continental Journal of Medical Research, among 180 door handles and knobs swabbed by the researchers, nearly 87% had bacterial contamination, with 30% of them testing positive for staphylococcus aureus, 16% positive for E. coli, and 26% harbouring Klebsiella pneumonia (the bacteria associated with the development of pneumonia and bronchitis).
Meanwhile, according to a study by the University of Houston, light switches are one of the most germ-contaminated fixtures in public places and in our homes as well.
No matter how often you wash your hands, germs are bound to accumulate on doorknobs, handles, and light switches, especially in your office or if you have kids or pets somewhere near. So give them a daily wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting wipe, or equal parts of water and vinegar solution.
The last three on the everyday Cleaning list
Your Kids’ Bath Toys
If you share a home with your little fellow, then chances are that he or she won’t go anywhere near the bathroom if that yellow duck made of rubber is not on board as well.
Although those kind of toys spend almost all of their time covered in suds, that doesn’t mean that they are clean as well. Let’s spin things the other way around for a second. Actually, despite all the soap and baby shampoo, bath toys spend most of their days soaking in bacteria-laden water.
According to a research published in Biofilms and Microbiomes last year, more than half of the bath toys (or 58% to be precise) contain fungi, while one-third of them have both listeria and L. pneumophila bacteria, the latter of which can be a primary cause of Legionnaires’ disease
That’s why you should mandatorily disinfect them before giving your kiddo that favourite rubber toy to play with. It’s best to use something as strong as a rubbing alcohol for example.
If you are a proud pet owner don’t ever forget Your Cat’s Litter Box
Belly rubs and yummy treats are nearly enough if you want your pet to be comfortable and what is much more important – healthy.
It’s truly important to keep your feline friend’s litter box clean by taking care of it on a daily basis. Otherwise, you are unintentionally creating a huge source of stress for your cat and the probable outcome is to find treats anywhere else in your home – from carpets and pots, to bed sheets and cardboard boxes. We don’t have to tell you how unpleasant this might be.
If you’re still not convinced enough, just remember about that poor
Tommy guy from Trainspotting. If you can’t recall, let us give you a hand – he died because of Toxoplasmosis, which is commonly caused by exposure to infected cat faeces.
Last but not least, don’t forget to take out the trash
It’s best to clean your trash cans every time you take out the trash. Although you obviously don’t need to worry about your trash can being sanitary, letting those spills and stains stick to it can and will result in nasty odours, so simply give the can a quick wipe down every time you take out the trash. Something as simple as that can do wonders, we assure you.
We know that the list looks las long as your arm but we assure you that everything can be completed in a good half an hour or even less.
Still, if you want to spare yourself the hassle, you already know what to do – call us every time you need thorough professional cleaning services in London. We can guarantee perfect results and high attention to evry detail. So don’t hesitate to Get your quote today and see your home transformed into a marvelous place right after our team closes the door behind its back.
PS: While we're still on the subject, take a look at our article regarding why and how you should clean your makeup and beauty tools.