It’s spring time, and especially since the Netflix show of Mari Kondo came on, you are probably thinking you should go around your house and do some major cleaning, organizing and purging yourself.  

Hey! Even if you were not planning to do any spring cleaning at all this year now is your chance to change that with these 10 unexpected things to clean this spring.

Cleaning them will probably take you less than 30 minutes.

And now you will be able to check off spring cleaning off your to-do list.

10 unexpected things to clean this spring

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Reusable water bottles

It is great to eliminate the use of plastic to reduce the waste we create.

“We tend to use certain objects regularly without washing them.

This could lead to microbial growth, which could impact your health,”

How to clean: Wash your water bottle with warm water and soap after each use, the bacteria can grow to high enough numbers to cause infection.

Coffee Makers

source: @olivhome

Dark, damp, and cool – the perfect habitat for mold. Inside of your coffee maker, there’s a reservoir where the water hangs out between brews.

The reservoirs of coffee makers are perfect breeding grounds for microorganisms. Once you make a new cup of coffee, the water from the reservoir chamber gets poured right into your cup along with all his.

How to clean: Add four cups of vinegar to the reservoir, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then brew that vinegar. Then run two or three cycles of fresh water through the coffeemaker until the smell is gone

Pillows

source: @lolyndecor

This one, just thinking about what lives in there and then you put your face all night long is enough to give me goosebumps and shivers.

Did you know that up to a third of the weight of your pillow could be made up of bugs, dead skin and house dust mites (which eat the dead skin), and droppings (poop from all those mites)! and their poop.

When my husband kept waking up with a stuffy nose and allergy symptoms each day he went to the doctor. The allergist tested him and confirmed he was allergic to dust-mites. We threw away every pillow in the house and now I clean them every month.

How to clean: Throw it away. ok ok.. if you don’t want to throw them away then you can read your pillow’s tag for instructions but for what I read, most can be washed on a gentle cycle and place on the dryer on a low heat setting.

Washing machine

Because washing machines are almost wet, they’re the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, Reader’s Digest reported.

Have you seen the setting most washers have to clean them? Use it. You won’t want your clean laundry to be full of bacteria.

How to clean: Consider adding vinegar to your load of laundry regularly, you can also clean your washing machine with bleach at least once a month.

Pet’s food bowl

How often do you wash your pet’s bowl? Not just the food one but the water one. I am guilty of this, I should clean it more often.

I don’t need to tell you how much bacteria it could probably be there, right? You get the idea.

How to clean it: pick it up, get hot water, some good ol’ dish soap and provide your pooch with clean bowls

Cutting Boards

The place where we should be the most careful with bacteria is the kitchen. After all, that’s where we prep and cook what we eat, and we want to make sure it’s as bacteria free as possible. If you use a wooden cutting board, it might be time to ditch it for a different type.

According to a study by the University of Arizona, “the average cutting board has two hundred times more fecal bacteria than the average toilet seat. Gross. It’s from all the raw meat we slap on top — when we cut vegetables or really anything else, the knife we use cuts tiny, hard-to-clean nooks in the surface that bacteria from raw meat likes to get cozy inside”.

How to clean: for a daily clean use hot water and dish soap, stand up to dry. For a spring clean, generously sprinkle coarse salt over the surface of the board, rub it with a sliced lemon, then rinse well with hot water.

Smartphone

source: @jelly_cases

We use it every day, we place it on all types of surfaces, when it falls you pick it up again, it rings, you place on your face. Well, did you know that studies show that 92 percent phones have bacteria on them?

According to Reader’s digest phones are more than six times dirtier than toilet seats. Since the screen is usually warm, bacteria thrives and transfers not just to our fingers, but also the face including the eyes, nose, ears and lips.

How to clean it: Simply fill a spray bottle with a mixture  of alcohol and water then wet a microfiber cloth. Clean your device and use a foam swab instead of a Q-tip for the tight areas

Warning: Apple and other manufacturers warn against using any kind of cleaner that is not a microfiber cloth. Consider the risks before putting any liquids on your device.

Purse

source: @linakagulyy

Reader’s Digest says that your purse is 3 times dirtier than an office toilet seat.

Like with your smartphone you place it on all types of surfaces, tables, chairs, the floor (not the floor if you are like me and many Latina families, and believe that if you put your purse on the floor your money will walk away)

How to clean it: Use a disinfectant wipe or if it is leather, mix a solution of warm water and dish soap, dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out and wipe the exterior surfaces of the purse. Use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the soap. Dry with a towel.

Source: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/cleaning/how-to-clean-a-leather-purse

Computer Keyboard

Do you know what is dirtier than your purse? Your computer keyboard.

A study by the University of Arizona found that there can be 400 times the amount of bacteria on a keyboard than on an average toilet seat. Yikes! I’m icky just thinking about it as I write this.

Steering Wheel

So what’s dirtier than a toilet seat or a smartphone? Your car’s steering wheel.

A study showed steering wheels had 11,835 times the number of germs per centimeter than a toilet – perhaps because toilets are regularly cleaned If you touch stuff that’s dirty and then get in your car, the bacteria is transferred. . If you eat in your car, that increases the possibilities for bacteria to grow.

How to clean: You can use Lysol or Clorox wipes. but remember, wipe off more than the steering wheel otherwise you will re-contaminate the area

So there you have it!

You won’t see the above items the same after reading this post. The good thing is, you can clean them super fast and eliminate all those germs you have been carrying around.

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