Recently I partnered up with Good Move to give people a better understanding on how often they should clean their home to create a clean germ free living space. Take a look at the feature with GOOD MOVE here. https://goodmove.co.uk/home-clean-home
I am also delighted to announce that this has been featured in the Daily Express and Scottish Sun.
I have have sectioned below rooms of concern take a look at our findings and my advice. Be weary this may put you off ever sleeping in your bed again.
44% of UK people admit to cleaning their toilet/bathroom once a week. Is this enough, or should you be cleaning your toilet/bathroom more than once a week?
No this certainly isn’t acceptable! Bathrooms harbour many germs and bacteria spreads rapidly in water areas. Bathrooms are full of dead skin, human hairs and bodily fluids. They should be at least wiped down daily with a clean cloth and given a deep clean at least once a week. Mould and mildew build up easily in bathrooms so it’s important to keep your bathroom aired with the window opened after use. Bleach is an essential bathroom cleaner as it kills germs quickly and your toilet needs a good dose or bleach daily. Your toilet seat should always be kept down as germs from the toilet spread every time it is flushed with the splashing water and they will cling onto areas causing chaos. Toilet germs can travel as far as 6 feet which can then land on your floor, ceiling, sink area and your toothbrush. These germs can survive for up to 2 hours
- What bacteria is commonly found in a toilet?
There is bacteria crawling all around your toilet seat and your toilet is one of the dirtiest areas in your home. A dirty toilet seat is one way of catching germs. The germs are passed skin to skin so it is also best to hover over a public toilet seat as there is a risk of catching sexually transmitted diseases. In your own home make sure you wipe the seat daily your seat can contain feces particals, Ecoli, and salmonella and all of these can cause infection and make you very ill.
- How often should you clean /unblock your plughole in your sink/bath? What kind of germs can linger in blocked plugholes?
Keeping your plug hole clear is very important as bathroom waste can really smell as well as cause mould and mildew. Deep skin partials, bodily fluids and hair will all go down the plug hole making it a breeding ground for germs. Plug holes are often out of sight out of mind. Plug holes are warm dark wet places and are the perfect breeding ground for dangerous bacteria such as salmonella and Ecoli. Your bathroom plug holes can harbour more germs than your toilet. Splash back from unclean plug holes can contaminate your sinks and baths. It’s important to keep your plug holes clean to stop infection. All this can be stopped with a regular clean. You will find great cleaning solutions in your kitchen cupboards that will deal with these germs quickly. Mix some white wine vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice and pour this down weekly.
- How often should you clean your bath/shower?
Every time you use your bath or shower you should clean it, it doesn’t take very long to quickly spray with a multipurpose cleaner and wipe over. Once a week do a much more thorough clean and pay attention to the taps and sides and get into any rims where mould and mildew will build up.
- 40% and 34% of UK adults change their sheets once a week and once a fortnight. How often should we actually change our sheets? Should we change them every day? – Your content you sent through says at least once a week, is daily/every two days better for your health?
Beds are full of bed bugs and we can’t see them or feel them so we don’t know they are there. Washing your sheets regularly will help keep these at bay but it won’t get rid of them all together. Investing in a good mattress protector will help keep bugs out of your mattress. Bedding should ideally be changed a few times a week and when poorly every day but this isn’t always possible with busy lives. A fresh clean bed will help you sleep better which in term is better for your health. Mattress and pillow protectors should be washed when you change your bedding too. Always air your bed before you make it and puff the pillows. A Dettol dry spray is also good to use between bedding changes. Try and hoover your mattress as often as you can too, remember you spend a lot of time in your bed so keep it clean.
- How often should you wash your curtains?
Most curtains come with a dry clean only label, this can be time consuming and expensive so a weekly hoover and steam will keep your curtains clean. When drawing your curtains always ensure you have clean hands so germs aren’t transferred.
- How often should you clean your windowsill? How can a build-up of dirt/dust affect your health?
I love to have my windows open as often as I can; fresh air circling the house is good for you but with fresh air comes the outside debris. Insects, leaves and dirt can easily come into your home and sit on the window sill bringing in allergies and causing hay fever and asthma problems. A daily wipe with a wet cloth will soon eliminate any nasties.
- How often should you clean down the side of your sofa? Food, rubbish etc can get stuff down sides and corners of sofas, and surely this would be a breeding ground for germs!
Eating on your sofa really isn’t ideal, food particles, sticky finger marks and spilt drinks can all occur from enjoying a snack on the sofa. Keep eating at the table. If you do like to indulge on your sofa you need to keep it clean. Dust mites and allergies will be lurking in your sofa causing allergies and irritation to airways. Eating on your sofa will only add to these germs.
Hoover it daily and invest in a good upholstery cleaner or leather cleaner. Take off cushion covers and wash these as often as you can. As well puff your cushions and lightly steam.
- 37% of UK people hoover and mop their floors once a week; how often should we mop/hoover your living room floor?
Everyday floors should be hoovered and then very few days mopped or steamed. If you don’t your shoes off when you come into your home you will need to be cleaning much more regularly. Always ensure outdoor footwear is not worn in your home. The soles of shoes are one of the dirtiest places and they will carry all types of bacteria resulting in nasty infections and cases of diarrhoea. With cordless vacuum cleaners hoovering is so much easier and a quick whizz around once day take no time at all and when you have spillages or crumbs be quick to react and clean up straight away stopping the spread.
- 39% of UK people clean inside their cupboards/sideboards once a year. How often should we be giving our sideboards/living room cupboards a wipe down?
Decluttering cupboards should be done monthly; we often just add unwanted mail and odds and ends to draws just to keep our sides and surfaces clear. Most of these items aren’t wanted or even needed so plan in some time monthly for a good declutter. Set yourself a 10 minute decluttering challenge you will be so surprised at what you can achieve.
- 42% of UK people clean their fridge once a month, and a shocking 18% clean it only once a year. You have commented that you should weekly clean your fridge; is this because of the build-up of spilt food/raw meat juices etc?
Fridges look after our food and food that has had cross contamination can make us ill. Cleaning out your fridge weekly and checking the food that is in your fridge is very important. You don’t want to put a nice fresh lettuce on top of a mouldy old one that’s been sitting in the fridge for weeks. Ecoli and listeria are two of the biggest bacteria’s found in the fridge and the salad drawer is where the bacteria will multiply the most. Use food storage container to help keep food safe and organise particular foods for certain shelves. A weekly wipe over can be all it takes to keep on top of your fridge and schedule some time in for a monthly deep clean paying attention to the rubber sides.
- 35% of UK people only clean their microwave and oven once a month. Is this enough considering food can splatter in microwaves/ovens, and re-cooked when used again?
Microwaves are such an easy small place to clean. Once you have used your microwave leave the door open to help eliminate any smells for food and spray with a good multipurpose cleaner. Small closed of spaces will be a great playground for germs especially if you have splashed food. Ensure a wipe after use to keep these at bay. Every so often put half a lemon in a bowl of water and put the microwave on full power for 5 minutes and this will loosen and grease and leave the microwave smelling very fresh.
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Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox