Keeping your home hygienically clean to stop the spread of illness has become a top priority for people during the coronavirus pandemic, but there are numerous crucial areas that many homeowners forget about.
British electrical store AO.com, has revealed the germ hotspots in the home that are usually neglected during a spring clean and revealed the best methods for cleaning.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the experts also recommended regularly cleaning shoe racks by vacuuming off dirt and wiping down with antibacterial products, since COVID-19 can live on the rubber soles of shoes for up to five days.
AO revealed it’s possible to clean every inch of remote controls, regardless of how close the spaces are in between buttons.
‘Remove the batteries from your remote controls, carefully placing them to one side. Prepare a small bowl of soapy water and dip a cotton bud into it to reach all of the nooks and crannies where the batteries usually sit, as well as in between all of the buttons.’
Get your keyboard sparkling again
‘For a quick and easy clean, grab a sticky note and rub the sticky side along the keys to collect all of the dirt that would be harder to reach with a cloth.
‘When you’re confident that you’ve gathered all of the dust you can, spray a small amount of surface cleaner onto a piece of kitchen towel and give it a thorough wipe down,’ said AO.
The experts recommend dipping a cotton bud into cleaning solution to wipe in between the keys for a more thorough clean.
Keep your pillowcases fresh
AO continued: ‘When you change your bedding, try popping a tumble dryer sheet into your pillowcases to keep them smelling fresher for longer. This is also a handy tip for any clean bedding that you store away for future use, guaranteeing lasting freshness after you’ve washed and dried spare sets.’
Give your mugs a new lease of life
The experts sympathized that frustrating coffee and tea stains are more likely to occur, while everyone is isolating at home.
‘To remove them, add a sterilising tablet with boiling water and leave it to settle for 5-10 minutes before washing it out. If there is still staining around the edges, soak a cotton bud in some white wine vinegar to polish them off.’
Descale your kettle
AO said it’s possible to achieve a sparkling kettle by using household cooking ingredients.
‘Measure out 100ml of lemon juice (or white vinegar) and pour it into your kettle. Top this up with a further 100ml of water and leave it to sit for at least one hour, cleaning the outside of your kettle whilst you’re waiting. Add another 100ml of water and bring your kettle to the boil. Once your kettle has boiled, pour your solution away to reveal a sparkling result!’
-Adapted from Daily Mail