How Often You Should Wash 10 Grimy things in your house!
Special note: White Distilled Vinegar is used a lot in this to clean any number of things but DO NOT use it to clean terrazzo, marble, or wood floors. I made this mistake and found out just was a powerful acid it is...took the polish right off my terrazzo floors!
1. POTS AND PANS: AFTER EVERY USE
Didn’t think this was something that needed to be posted until I started taking care of my dad. He thought he was “seasoning” his nonstick pans apparently. But through doing some research I found that while nonstick are SUPER easy to clean they do not last like iron pans. Nonstick, if well cared for, tend to only have a like new existence for just over five years. Tips to make that happen: Wet a thick clean towel with white distilled vinegar, that has been brought to a boil, then lay the vinegar-soaked towel on the water spot, and waiting 30 minutes. After that sprinkle with baking soda, towel scrub, wipe clean, and dry.
2. SHOWER HEADS: ONCE A WEEK
To prevent bacteria from building up within the shower head and ensure that water flows freely by preventing mineral deposits. This needs to be done every time we clean our bathrooms or more often. Simple enough to do, pour a half cup of baking soda and one cup of white distilled vinegar into a sandwich bag and tie it around the shower head. Let it sit for an hour then remove the bag and run water through it for a half minute. NOTE: I tried this one first on all my faucets as it seemed the easiest. Wow, you could see a difference in how the faucet looked and how the water stream came out!
3. SHOWER DRAIN: ONCE A WEEK
Gag, I know it’s mostly my hair that is clogging it but still a horror film creature could be made to look like it and I would be too scared to watch the film. However the longer it is put off the worse it gets EEK! First move is to lift the drain plug and pull off the soap and conditioner glop of hair (really that is pretty much all it is.) Then once again white distilled vinegar is our friend only this time, add baking soda, hot water, and a rag. Pour half a cup of baking soda in the drain, followed by a mixture of one cup white vinegar and one cup of hot water. Here is the tricky part you need to immediately plug the drain with a rag to keep the bubbles contained for 10 minutes. Then rinse by pouring a kettle of boiling hot water down the drain.
4. CARPET: VACUUMED ONCE A WEEK, DEEP CLEANED ANNUALLY
To remove carpet stains it depends on the stain and remember to test the cleaner in a non- visible area first (closet carpet perhaps.) Lighter fluid for oily stains works well (keep it well ventilated) for most any other spill/stain plot first with a clean old towel to pick-up as much excess as possible. As for the annual carpet cleaning, if you have small children or pets, it is highly recommended you use chemical free deep cleaning. Have them steam cleaned.
5. COMPUTER: ONCE A MONTH
Hmm, dark crevices that are kept nicely warm and touched frequently…A cesspool of germs are just thriving at our finger tips! A portable vacuum and a cotton swab with a minimal amount of rubbing alcohol can be used to clean the keyboard. HINT: Keep the bottle of rubbing alcohol far away from the computer as it never fails, you will knock it over creating a much bigger mess.
6. WASHING MACHINE: ONCE A MONTH
With all the dirt on our clothes that we put in is it really that surprising that some of it sticks around. Look at the rim alone. Add moisture and we have a breeding ground for mold and mildew. For a TOP LOADER: Set the washer to its hottest temp, high capacity, and longest cycle. Once it fills with hot water add four cups of white distilled vinegar, then close lid and allow it to agitate for a several minutes. Then open lid (stopping the machine) and allow it to sit for an hour. Then let machine finish the cycle. FRONT LOADER: Hottest setting with “white” or “stain” cycle and “extra rinse” if it has it. Being certain that bleach wasn’t added to the last load you did before this, added ¾ cup (or max lever) of distilled white vinegar to the bleach dispenser. Then run cycle. If your washer doesn’t have an “extra rinse” option, manually program it, after it runs through. Bleach and vinegar are incredibly toxic you NEVER want to mix the two.
7. DISHWASHER: ONCE A MONTH
It is the same situation as our washers when it comes to grimy appliances. Cleaning is a bit different. Newer models have fancy filters, see manual for how to clean it. Otherwise remove lower rack and inspect drain, remove any gunk. Then in a dishwasher safe bowl, place a cup of white distilled vinegar in the top rack. Run the dishwasher on its hottest setting. For an extra bright shine sprinkle a cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher and run a short hot water cycle. (NOTE: Just did this over the weekend. Got lazy and did a load of dishes at the same time. So vinegar in the dish on the top rack and regular (no bleach) soap in the dispenser. Dishes came how so much shinier!)
8. FRIDGE: ONCE A SEASON
Tossing expired leftover jars, of whatever, alone will make you feel accomplished. Add to that a regular wipe down with vinegar or all-purpose cleaner and you’ll find the whole thing smells less! Oh, cleaning the fridge handle daily is also highly recommended.
9. OVEN: ONCE EVERY SIX MONTHS
De-greasing splatters off of an oven can be done by coating it in a baking soda paste of ½ cup of baking soda and three table spoons of water. Remove racks first then apply paste. For really bad stains you can let it sit for 12 to 24 hours and re-wet to wipe and remove. Or let it sit for 15 minutes then spritz with vinegar and scrub clean.
10. PILLOWS: ONCE EVERY SIX MONTHS
Pillow cases and sheets are already being washed weekly but the pillow itself needs a bit of cleaning too. Most pillows are machine washable (check the label—HINT: snap a picture of it when you first buy it).