Everything you should be cleaning (but aren’t)

Dust. Vacuum. Wipe down. Scrub. We all (hopefully) know the cleaning basics to keep us from living in squalor. But there are several items that are guaranteed to rarely see a Clorox wipe or the nozzle of a Windex bottle.

Here are five things you should be cleaning, but aren’t:

1. Pillows

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

Bed pillows catch pretty much everything your pillowcases don’t. That means dust and even fungus may live underneath the thin covering on which you sleep every night. Though the process takes nearly all day, wash your pillows every three to six months. Just be patient while they dry.

2. Dishwasher

Yes, your dishwasher is cleaning things in it, but that doesn’t mean it’s cleaning itself. Fungi and other germs can grow, so clean it every month by running it with a cup full of vinegar in it.

3. Door Knobs and Handles

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

We wash our counters, but we don’t always clean off the handles. Same goes for doors. With everyone touching them, door knobs and handles can harbour an unfathomable amount of germs. Be sure to wipe them down once a week – more, if it’s cold and flu season.

4. Faucets

All sorts of gunk, like calcium, can buildup on faucets. In fact, they can get dirtier than the sink basin. Clean the entire faucet at least once a month. These step-by-step tutorials, here and here, may help you.

5. Keyboards

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

Just think how much you eat while you watch Netflix. It’s guaranteed that crumbs have fallen into your keyboard. Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab, along with an aerosol duster, to clean your keyboard as needed.