Even the tidiest of homes can house unwanted germs, sometimes in the places you’d least expect. You can’t kill every germ in your home, but it’s important to spend some time deep cleaning and disinfecting any germ hotspots. While deep cleaning might sound like a big chore, it doesn’t have to be. From your couch to the kitchen counter, and bedsheets to bathroom bins, we have broken it down room by room so that you can tackle your deep clean efficiently and effectively.
The kitchen might be the heart of the home, but it also contains more germs than any other room. So what areas should we focus on when deep cleaning our kitchen?
- The kitchen sink can carry up to 100,000 times the number of germs as the bathroom.Use a disinfectant cleaner or Dettol® Antibacterial Cleansing Surface Wipes to help clean the sink, taps, drains and surrounding surfaces to kill any germs. When used as directed, Dettol® Antibacterial Wipes kill 99.9% of bacteria.
- The fridge needs to be deep cleaned at least once a month. Wipe down the shelves using a disinfectant cleaner, and throw away any food that has gone bad to discourage bacterial growth.
- The rubbish bin is an obvious hotbed for nasty germs and bacteria. It’s important to disinfect your bin each time you take the rubbish out.
- Chopping boards and food preparation surfaces are easily contaminated when we prepare foods. As well as using separate chopping boards for raw and cooked foods, you should always disinfect with a clean cloth and disinfectant cleaner after use.
The bathroom might not hide as many germs as your kitchen, but the warm and damp conditions are an ideal environment for germs to breed. Consider these tips for keeping your bathroom hygienically clean and safe for your family.
- High touch surfaces including toilet flush, taps, bathroom doors and rubbish bins should not be forgotten. Kill germs on these surfaces with a quick wipe from a Dettol antibacterial wipe.
- Showers, bathtubs and counters should be scrubbed clean with a disinfectant cleaner. It’s not just lime scale which builds up over time: help reduce the spread of viruses, fungi and bacteria with a deep clean.
- Bath mats and towels are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Always hang your towels up to dry when you have finished using them, and make sure they are washed once a week with a laundry cleanser to kill off any bacteria.
The Living Room
The Living Room isn’t usually a trouble spot for germs, but dust and allergens can build up over time, especially if you have pets. A few things to consider when deep cleaning your living room include:
- Vacuum carpets at least once a week, as these can hide a lot of dust.
- Wood or hard floors should be cleaned with antibacterial floor wipes or cleaner.
- Soft furnishings and upholstery are hotspots for dust mites. Choose a detachable, machine-washable cover if you have fabric couches because you’ll be able to keep these clean and fresh yourself. Add a laundry sanitiser to your wash to get rid of any bacteria, too.
- Keep the clutter to a minimum books, lamps and decorative objects provide good hiding places for dust. Keeping things organised makes it easier to wipe down surfaces and harder for dust to settle.
Soft furnishings mean that your bedroom is a haven for dust and allergens, so take note of the following:
- Wash your bed linen regularly to remove dust, allergens and dirt. For extra protection, add a laundry cleanser to your wash. (Your bed linen contains more nasty bacteria than you might expect!)
- Keep the bedroom a pet-free zone to help prevent the build-up of dander and pet hair. Which can aggravate allergies.
- Wipe any hard surfaces such as shelves and windows with a disposable disinfectant wipe.
- For children’s bedrooms try to choose machine-washable soft toys to clean them more easily. Adding a laundry cleanser to your wash will make sure any bacteria is killed.
How clean are your cleaning supplies?
Finally, keeping your cleaning tools hygienic is as important as cleaning itself, so what is the best way to look after your cleaning supplies?
- Cloths and sponges can carry potentially harmful germs. Sanitise your cleaning sponges or cloths after use, and change them regularly to avoid spreading more germs.
- Mops, brushes and buckets should be cleaned, disinfected and dried every time you use them. Alternatively, you could use disposable floor wipes. Just throw them away once you’ve finished to avoid the build-up of bacteria and germs.
- Washing machines. With more of us running economy washes on lower temperatures, bacteria builds up in our washing machines over time, causing bad odours and potentially contaminating our laundry. It’s a good idea to deep clean your washing machine every couple of months by rinsing it with a disinfectant cleaner.
A deep clean doesn’t have to be a daily, weekly or even monthly clean, but these are places where you could be housing unwanted germs that you may not have thought of before.