The coronavirus lockdown means that Britons are being urged to stay indoors as much as possible as the UK enters its fifth week in lockdown. A lot more people have turned to cleaning their homes in order to keep the home virus free. Research shows that the dirtiest items in people’s homes are not getting enough cleaning attention. What are the top ten items everyone should be cleaning regularly?
While bottle openers came out the item in which people cleaned the least, it is important to clean this after every use. Bottle openers can get dirty after being used to open so many different drinks.
Here is how to clean some of the dirtiest items in everyone’s home.
Bottle openers can be soaked in white distilled vinegar for a few minutes. After a few minutes, bubbles should start appearing. Using an old toothbrush, scrub around the bottle opener, first using the vinegar and then finishing off with washing up liquid before rinsing with warm water.
Drying racks collect leftover water in the tray from wet dishes and need to be cleaned regularly to avoid mildew growing.
You can clean a drying rack using washing up liquid in the sink using a rough sponge to scrub it. After rinsing, it can be soaked in 240ml of white vinegar as well as being fully submerged in water.
Fans can accumulate dust and they are very card to clean because of the casing on the fan. ScS recommends using a vacuum to try to reach the tricky areas.
Also storing the fan in a plastic bag when not in use will help prevent the build up of dust.
Top of wardrobe
This is often one the most difficult items to clean due to the height of the item. This can cause dust and first particles to rest and build up. Using an all purpose cleaner or 120ml white vinegar in a bucket of warm water is the best way to keep the top of a wardrobe clean.
One of the most used items in the house daily, it can be tricky to clean due to their electrical components. They should be cleaned regularly by removing the batteries followed by using a cotton cloth, rubbing alcohol and cotton buds to clean around the buttons.
Not cleaning this often provides the opportunity for bacteria to grow due to the water splashed on them. If the curtain is plastic, it can be cleaned in the washing machine on a gentle setting with a low spin at 30 degrees. Avoid using fabric softener and instead add 65g of baking soda to the detergent during the wash cycle and then 120ml of white vinegar during the rinse cycle.
If the curtains are unable to be put in the washing machine, they can be soaked in the bath tub with washing powder for around one to two hours.
Mattresses are used everyday and can get very dirty and build up dangerous bacteria and viruses. It is recommended to hoover both sides of the mattress and to let the mattress air by leaving a window open for a couple of hours.