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9 Places Germs Are Hiding in Your Home

We’re always conscious to keep hotspots in our homes like toilets, floors, and kitchen countertops clean, but often overlook common areas like doorknobs and remotes that are crawling with germs. Here’s 9 items and areas in your home you should be cleaning more often. P.S. read until the end for an extra 10th item to keep your eye on!


Cleaning tools

When’s the last time you soaked your toilet brush after using it? Deep-cleaned the underside of your vacuum? What about your kitchen dish sponge? If the tools you use to clean the house haven’t been cleaned themselves after coming into contact with dirt and grime, you’re essentially just spreading those germs around when you use that tool again. Your sponges, scrubbing brushes, and even mop heads should be cleaned with hot water and a cleaner after every use. We suggest you try and soak them in some hot water mixed with Rockin’ Green detergent!

Washing machine

Even though you may think your washing machine is clean because it's used to clean your clothes, this isn’t necessarily the case. Once the water drains from your washer, sometimes dirt and debris is left which can then get into your clothes during the next wash cycle. Additionally, a lot of our clothes today require cold water which doesn’t kill any germs or bacteria and can cause build up in your machine. Put a scoop of Rockin’ Green in your washer and run a rinse cycle with hot water (and no clothes) to get rid of any built up grime that’s been lingering in your washer.

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Baseboards

This is probably the most tedious part of your home to clean, but it pays off in the long run. Dirty baseboards might even be a hidden culprit of allergens in your home causing difficulty breathing and itchy eyes. While it's also good practice to run a duster over the walls in your home, try to make it a part of your cleaning routine to take a damp cloth and wipe down your baseboards to get rid of any dirt and dust that’s been building up there.

Ceiling fans

Depending on how high your ceilings are, cleaning your fans can be pretty difficult and honestly easy to forget. Despite being a pain to reach, cleaning your fans can also be a mess. Dust can fly around everywhere and get other furniture dirty or even irritate allergies. While cleaning your ceiling fans regularly can help relieve this a little, we’ve got a handy tip for you. Take an old pillowcase, envelope the fan wing, and pull off while trapping the opening with your hands. The dust is trapped inside the pillowcase and your fan is clean!

Coffee Makers

Whether you have a standard coffee machine, a coffee grinder, or a Keureg, the quality of your coffee is progressively getting worse if you aren’t cleaning your machine of choice regularly. Experts recommend a deep clean of your coffeemaker about once a month. In addition to left over coffee in the brew basket, the dark and wet water chamber creates the perfect conditions for yeast and mold to grow.Take any filters you have, soak them in warm water and vinegar. Fill the machine with a mixture of water and white vinegar and brew a pot without any coffee to cleanse the rest of the coffeemaker.

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Remote Controls

It’s been said the dirtiest part of a home or hotel room is the remote. And it’s true. While we regularly clean our coffee tables and freshen our couch pillows, we often forget to wipe down that small item that everyone is constantly touching in our living rooms. You should be cleaning your TV remotes monthly, or more regularly if someone in your house is sick. Take a disinfectant wipe to it and make sure to get in between the buttons. Do the buttons have extra build-up in their crevices? Take a toothpick to loosen and lift any dirt hiding.

Doorknobs

A lot like remotes, this is an area in your house that is touched everyday by multiple people and rarely cleaned. When you leave your home and come back, you bring germs from outside onto your doorknob and then into your home as multiple people touch this area. Luckily, your doorknobs are easy to maintain and keep clean. Wipe them down daily with a disinfectant wipe daily or after each use if someone in your home is sick (or certain times of the year like flu season)!

Shower heads

Even though water is constantly running through your showerhead, that doesn’t mean it’s getting clean. After your shower is over, water tends to sit on the showerhead and can grow mildew which eventually flakes off during your next shower and contributes to respiratory issues in the future. Create a paste with warm water and Rockin’ Green Active Wear Detergent to scrub away at your showerhead and get rid of any grime without harsh chemicals or strong fumes. Not only does this cleaning method leave the area clean, you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals rinsing off onto your hair and skin the next time you shower.

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Shower liners

Your shower liner is a breeding ground for mildew. And if you let it go too far, you might feel the need to just trash the liner altogether, but that isn’t necessary! Wet the liner and sprinkle some Rockin’ Green Active Wear Detergent over the mildewed area. Use a scrubbing brush to loosen the build-up. If you want to go the extra mile and clean the entire liner, throw it in your tub filled with some warm water and add two scoops (or tablespoons) or Rockin’ Green. Let it soak for an hour, and your liner is as good as new.


Secret item number 10? Your bed sheets.

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