With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, what better time than now to give our homes a good, thorough cleaning. Even if you clean on a regular basis, dirt and bacteria can build up in unexpected areas of your home—especially in areas that you constantly come into contact with.

Read on to see what some of these commonly overlooked spots in your home are, and how you can keep dirt and bacteria at bay!

1. Knobs, Handles, and Switches

While we’re constantly in contact with knobs, handles, and switches, we unfortunately don’t give them a second thought. Bacteria from our hands can accumulate on these common household fittings, so it’s important that they are regularly cleaned.

Spray an all-purpose cleaner or disinfectant onto a microfiber cloth, and wipe knobs, handles, and switches. Don’t forget your fridge door handle, and ensure your cloth isn’t too wet when wiping switches!

2. Trash Can

Sometimes, you may find that there’s an unpleasant odour lingering, even after taking out the trash. This could be caused by food debris accidentally left in the trash can. Clean and disinfect the insides of your trash can once in a while, to prevent the growth of mould and bacteria.

Give your trash can a good hosing down in your bathroom, then clean it with an all-purpose cleaner and spray the insides with a disinfectant.

3. Remote Controls

Similar to knobs, handles, and switches, we touch our remote controls, from air-conditioner to TV remotes, more often than we realise! To clean them, wipe them down with disinfectant wipes or microfiber cloths dampened with all-purpose cleaner. To err on the safe side, remember to remove the batteries first before cleaning!

4. Computer Keyboards

Wash your hands thoroughly before and after typing on your keyboard, and keep disinfectant wipes handy to give your keys (and mouse!) a quick clean. To prevent your keyboard from getting too dirty, avoid eating at your computer. But if must munch, turn your keyboard over after you snack, and give it a good shake at the bin to get the debris out.

5. Bathroom Accessories

Bacteria can spread easily in the bathroom – so remember to clean bathroom accessories such as soap holders, hand wash dispensers and the other decorative items. Wipe the space down with disinfectant cleaner and consider storing your bathroom items inside a cabinet where possible.

Bonus: Don’t forget to sanitise your phones!

We bring our mobile phones with us everywhere – from the office to the gym to our bedside table. As antibacterial wipes and disinfectants can be abrasive and may damage the phone, gently wipe it down with a microfiber cloth that has been spritzed with some water and rubbing alcohol. However, be sure not to let liquid get in to any openings!

Do you have any other cleaning tips or hacks for us? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Farihin Khairunan

    Writer who believes that the simplest words make the greatest impact. Spends all her money on pretty notebooks that she will most probably never use.

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