When cleaning, how often do you clean the various elements, sanitary, skirting boards or cupboards, of your house? Do you sometimes feel that some things “do not get dirty” at first sight? Yes, let’s face it, we very often do not know places in our homes that become perfect environments for the development of dangerous micro-organisms that settle in, breed, and end up affecting our health.
MagicalTip has put together a list of things that we often forget to clean and that can ruin all our efforts to have a clean and pleasant home.
#1. We do not clean the washing machine
The main danger of a dirty washing machine is the risk of proliferation of bacteria and mold on the clothes. This is dangerous for people with allergies and asthma, as this can worsen their symptoms.
Dirt particles always remain in the drum of the washing machine, in the detergent and softener compartments. Specialists advise preventive cleaning twice a week, operating the unit with hot water and adding special cleaning agents or even citric acid. Another option for thoroughly disinfecting your appliance is to wash the cotton kitchen towels by adding 100 ml of disinfectant liquid to the detergent compartment.
Clean the compartments regularly and do not forget to dry the machine thoroughly between each wash cycle, as it is more difficult to remove mildew stains if they stick to the rubber seals.
#2. We keep the toilet brush in an airtight container
The toilet brush is one of the dirtiest things we can find in the house. But the amount of bacteria it contains can decrease if you let it dry between uses and if you disinfect it constantly. A hermetically sealed environment is ideal for microbes to reproduce. If there is a large amount, they can even fly away when using the object.
You can buy a toilet brush that includes a special container, which allows it to stay dry but does not forget to place it as shown in the picture above for 10 minutes before storing it.
#3. We rarely disinfect the sink
Most of the time, when we wash our sink, we forget to clean the drain and pay attention only when a bad smell appears. This kind of hole is difficult to clean, and some pieces of food and dirt get stuck, allowing the bacteria to reproduce and prevent the water from leaving with more pressure. A good tip to avoid this is to add a tablespoon of baking soda and a little vinegar during the night. In the morning, rinse the drain with very hot water and if possible, boiling.
This procedure will be effective if you do it after cutting meat, fish or washing a large number of vegetables.
#4. One of the dirtiest things in the house is the goblet for toothbrushes
Did you know that a toothbrush could become a breeding ground for more than 100 million bacteria that are harmful to the body? In addition to their natural spread (they feed on leftover food), bacteria also come from the drain or toilet if they are nearby. These objects that can be used to clean can actually facilitate the development of a urinary tract infection, the interruption of the operation of the large intestine and intestinal dysbacteriosis.
To reduce the harmful effects, do not place your toothbrushes directly next to the toilet, but rather on a shelf above. Storing them in a container with a lid is another bad idea: in a tightly closed environment, bacteria multiply faster, remember? But if you can put them on a closed shelf, do it.
Frequently wash the container where you store the toothbrushes. One of the most effective methods to disinfect them is to immerse them for 30 seconds in mouthwash or a few minutes in boiling water.
#5. We use cold water to clean
If you use cold water to clean your household, the effect of disinfectants will decrease. The ideal temperature is 10 degrees above room temperature, or as warm as your hands can handle.
By doing this, the effect of cleaning products will double and more bacteria and fungi will be eliminated.
#6. We do not put the plates right in the dishwasher and do not dry it after use
It is not necessary to clean the dishwasher too often, as it disinfects each time it operates. However, it is worth drying every day, otherwise the mold can spread quickly. The most important places are the soap box, the door, the rubber gaskets and the cleaning filter.
The proper functioning of a dishwasher also has its little tips. It turns out that the arrangement of the dishes in the device is also important. Experts point out that dishes with leftover food such as potatoes, rice or macaroni should be placed in the center, while those with protein such as meat, cheese or eggs should be placed in the center. go to the sides. In this way, they will be much cleaner.
#7. We forget to clean the curtain and the shower head
We do not wash the shower curtains often enough, because we think that the water and the soap that falls on it every day serve as a kind of cleaning. Nevertheless, it is not the case. It is precisely here, and in the joints of the bathtub, that the mold grows the most without being seen right away. To avoid this, it is better to replace the polyethylene curtains with vinyl or fabric ones, and to wash them in a washing machine once a month, or at least to soak them in a light saline solution or in acid. citric. After the shower, dry your curtains.
For the joints of your shower or bathtub, you must use an effective cleaning product that prevents the formation of mold (it can also appear near the ceiling): delimit the area with baking soda and then sprinkle with vinegar.
Even if the showerhead does not come into direct contact with water every day, bacteria accumulate constantly, even when nobody uses it. As a result, black mold and staphylococci can appear, causing nose and throat diseases, tonsillitis, and ear infections. So before taking a shower, open the hot water and let it run for a minute. Ideally, the shower head should be soaked in a solution of baking soda with vinegar once or twice a week.
#8. We do not clean the air vents
Ventilation vents are considered to be one of the most dangerous places for bacteria because they are connected to tubes that go directly to the outside and there is the possibility that rodents and birds will drop their excrement.
Cleans the air vents once every two weeks. You have to remove the grill to clean it and treat it with vinegar or cleaning products. Do not forget to dry it well. You can also vacuum and disinfect the hole. Installing an air extractor will help you to effectively release microorganisms.
We take these tips very seriously to live in a clean and healthy environment. And you, are you paying attention?
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