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Seven things in your house you never think to clean.

No one is saying you are not neat but there are some things in our house that we don’t clean. If you’re already a neat freak and finding new things to clean is fun for you, you should definitely check out our list of the most often overlooked places that need cleaning in your house.

  1. Remote Controls

The remote control’s surface is among the “germiest” in a modern home. There are a million common scenarios in which your remote collects germs and nastiness, and when is the last time you de-gunked it? A spritz of disinfectant can do wonders here, as can a quick scrub between and over the buttons with a bleach wipe.

  1. Door Handles & Buttons

Some household items just don’t pop up on our radar when we’re cleaning. Door knobs, handles, even the buttons on electronics like the TV, video game console or DVD player are things we touch every day. If we touch it with our hands and fingers, it needs to be cleaned, so take a quick moment and walk through every surface and appliance you turn, hold, press, and twist. Light switches are also a common culprit we forget.

  1. Refrigerator Drawers & Shelves

It’s easy to think of the refrigerator as that nice, cold place where bacteria can’t survive, but that’s pretty far from the truth. Because it’s not something we clean very regularly (aside from spills and ordinary upkeep), it’s always possible that some unseen germs are lurking in the drawers and on the shelves. A quick clean will also get rid of any underlying odours. Make sure you clean underneath shelves and get the walls, too.

  1. Light Switches
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I don’t want to scare you, but the dirtiest spot in your home isn’t your toilet seat. It’s likely the light switches in the kitchen, bathrooms, and common spaces. I recommend wiping down all light switches with a disinfecting cloth once a week.

  1. Shower Curtain Liners

Shower curtains and shower curtain liners are built to thrive in their environment, but they’re not built to last forever. Instead of throwing yours out or changing the liner after a certain period of time, you can save some money by washing it yourself.

  1. Hair brushes and combs 

Experts at Real Simple say that a brush properly cared for can last between one to three years. So what does “proper care” mean in this case? Removing hair manually after every use, washing by hand with shampoo and leaving it overnight to dry once a month, as well as cutting out any extra jammed-in-there hairs with scissors.

  1. Washing machine

Newer front-loading washing machines are generally more energy-efficient than older or top-loading models, but they come with a nasty surprise: they get mouldy more often and more easily. That’s why you might notice that your clothes have started smelling a bit ‘mildewy’ even right after you’ve washed them.

Instead of resorting highly scented dryer sheets to mask the smell, give your washer a good cleaning every now and then. It’s as easy running a cycle on the hottest water setting with nothing inside, using vinegar in place of liquid detergent.

Jemimah Abimbola 

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