4 things you should clean right now!

In keeping with the spring clean theme, here are four things we use all the time and don’t clean nearly as often as we should:

1. Your smartphone – You probably use your phone several hours a day. But when was the last time you gave it a thorough clean? Aside from the fact they get smudged and greasy, phones can harbour some pretty foul bacteria. Experts recommend starting with a microfiber cloth to pick up grease and dust. For stubborn spots, moisten the microfiber cloth with a diluted solution (1:1) of water and isopropyl alcohol and gently rub the stains away.

2. Your keyboard – Your fingers are in constant contact with your keyboard, so it’s hardly surprising that your keyboard can harbour and grow harmful bacteria if left uncleaned. Even if you can’t be bothered to pull the key caps up to get at all the hair, dirt, grime and crumbs underneath, you can can still give your keyboard a good clean by turning it upside down, shaking it out, then using a small vacuum or can of compressed air to shift the dirt. Then give the keys a quick wipe down with cleaning wipes, cotton swabs or a microfiber cloth moistened with the 1:1 alcohol-to-water solution.

3. Your pillows – Pillows can be receptacles for dead skin, dust, drool and dust mites. Aside from the gross factor, this can be a problem for people with allergies or compromised immune systems, for which these irritants can cause skin problems, sinus congestion and sleepless nights. Thankfully, most pillows are machine washable. Just put them in on a delicate wash cycle, then air dry or tumble dry low (always check the tags before washing or drying!). Given them a good fluff and you’re good to go – just don’t wash them too often or they’ll lose their shape.

4. Doorknobs and handles – The health risk posed by germs and bacteria on handles and doorknobs isn’t likely to be serious, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them a quick clean with an antibacterial wipe every so often. Flu season lasts until May, so you could still pick it up from someone who has sneezed into their hand and then opened a door. If nothing else, it’s a lot nicer to touch a handle or doorknob when it isn’t sticky or greasy.

Stay healthy and make your stuff more pleasant to use. Happy cleaning!

Adapted from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/smarter-living/5-things-around-your-home-you-never-clean-but-should.html

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