Cleaning tips13 things you should clean more often!

November 29, 2020by Laurianne Gandy1

We don't always suspect the dirt that some of the objects we use every day contain. Brushes, electronic devices, handles, washing machine, dishwasher, plants, pillows... are nests for bacteria, microbes and germs. All these things we should clean them all more often

You're wondering how to do it? We show you how!

Your hairbrush


Cleaning brush

Clean your brush with white vinegar or shampoo.


Remove the hair that is attached to it and then immerse it in a mixture of hot water and white vinegar (50-50 ratio) for at least 1 hour. This will dissolve the residues of dead cells that may be attached to it.

For a quicker wash, you can also put some shampoo on your fingertips and rub your brush before rinsing.

Then you can air dry or blow dry it.

Be careful not to soak your brush if it is made of wood, as this could damage it.


Your toothbrush



Soak your toothbrush in white vinegar or oral solution.


Although it is advisable to change your toothbrush every 3 months, it is recommended that you clean it regularly to remove bacteria and mould that are lodged in it.

Two solutions are available to you. Either soak your toothbrush in a mouth solution or in white vinegar that you have diluted with water.


Your mobile phone


smartphone to clean

Hot soapy water or a wipe is all you need to clean your phone.


Hard to believe, but it's one of the most germ-ridden items in your home. That's normal when you think about it, because between 38% and 75% (depending on the study) of people take it to the bathroom?

Soak a cloth in warm soapy water without soaking it, and gently clean the screen, buttons, side of the phone, and the case or shell that you have removed beforehand.

You can also use a cleaning wipe (available in phone shops).


Your headphones



Rub your earphones with an old toothbrush and then disinfect them.


Poorly maintained headphones can quickly become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. But let's face it, when placed in the ears and immediately put away in a bag or pocket, we don't take much time to clean them.
Take an old toothbrush, gently scrub the earphones and then disinfect them with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol. Finally, use a tissue and a little alcohol to clean the wire.


Your TV remote control


TV remote control

Use a cloth soaked in hot water and washing-up liquid.

Probably used every day or almost every day, it is rarely cleaned.

Using a microfiber cloth and an old toothbrush, open the remote control case and remove the batteries. Soak your cloth in hot water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid to clean the remote control. In difficult corners and between the buttons, gently scrub with the toothbrush.


Your computer keyboard



A cloth soaked in water and dishwashing liquid or white vinegar is effective for disinfecting your keyboard.


Your hands can collect many germs throughout the day by touching many objects. These germs can be easily transferred to your computer keyboard when you start typing.

Start by shutting down your computer, unplugging it and then, if necessary, tilting your keyboard to remove debris. Wipe the keyboard with a cloth soaked in water and dishwashing liquid or white vinegar and then wipe the keyboard with a damp cotton swab between the keys.

Caution, do not try to remove the keys if they are laptops (you would not be able to put them back on) and do not spray anything on them!

Your handles


Door handle

Clean your handles effectively with white vinegar or soap.


Door handles, refrigerator, oven, microwave, faucets, cabinets, chests of drawers... These are the most affected surfaces in your home. Dirt, grease and bacteria are deposited there very easily.

Use a microfibre cloth soaked in hot water and white vinegar and rub gently.

Another solution is to fill a small bucket with lukewarm water that you can mix with Marseille soap or black soap before rubbing the handles with a sponge.


Your washing machine


Washing machine

To remove mould, bacteria and pie, pour white vinegar into the drum of the machine and start a short program.


You'd think the place where your clothes are cleaned would be clean itself. But in reality, your machines can accumulate mould, bacteria and scale.

Once or twice a year, pour 1 litre of white vinegar into the washing machine and start a short programme at high temperature.

Don't forget to wash the product tray, external panels, filters and door seal as well.


Your dishwasher



Citric acid and white vinegar will remove stains, debris and odours from your dishwasher.


Debris can build up and prevent dishes from becoming perfectly clean, as well as spreading a bad smell in your kitchen as soon as you open the dishwasher door.

For a quick wash, pour 6 tablespoons of citric acid or 2 large cups of white vinegar directly into the dishwasher tub. Then turn the machine on empty.

For thorough cleaning, unplug the dishwasher and remove all removable parts. Clean the washing arms by scrubbing them with a clean cloth or sponge soaked in warm water and a little dishwashing liquid. Scrub the filter and door seals with a hard brush soaked in hot water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Finish by adding 6 tablespoons of citric acid or 2 large cups of white vinegar.


Your kitchen trash can


Trash can

Your trash can be disinfected with bleach or hot water and baking soda.


To limit the growth of bacteria, try to clean your garbage cans at least once a month.

You can either clean it with a mixture of baking soda and hot water, or with bleach or dishwashing liquid. Don't forget to dry it before putting it back in place.


Your bath mat


Bath mat

Wash your bath mat regularly and hang it up after each shower.


Although practical, if it doesn't dry properly, your bath mat could have mould and germs growing on its surface.

Wash it regularly at 40°C and tumble dry it if possible. After each shower, remember to hang it up to dry.


Your pillows, duvets and blankets



Pillows, duvets and blankets should be cleaned regularly to remove bacteria and mites that live in them.


At night, we eliminate between 0.5 and 1.5 litres of water, which results in pillows, duvets and blankets becoming damp and leads to the development of bacteria and mites.

Pillows can be washed between 40 and 60°C every 3 months, duvets between 30 and 60°C every 2 years and blankets in the wool and cold program.

Be sure to check the label on your pillows, duvets and blankets before washing them!


Your house plants


Indoor plants

Regularly clean the leaves of your plants to facilitate their breathing.


Indoor plants help purify the air in your home. However, they attract insects and collect dust on their leaves which makes it difficult for them to breathe.

The leaves of your plants can be cleaned once a week. Smaller plants can be sprayed with warm water in the shower, while larger plants should be cleaned with a damp sponge preferably soaked in demineralised water.

Of course, if you don't want to do it, our fairies of the house will be able to handle it!

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  • Josephlug

    January 14, 2022 at 8:19

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