The next time you set out to clean your home, sanitize it. When was the last time you sanitized your home? You know, gave it a really good scrubbing? Has it been that long? Yeah, us too. But it is important to give your home a good once-over a few times a year to ensure you are eliminating bacteria and viruses that can make you and your family sick. The trick to sanitizing your home is to know what needs to be cleaned and what needs to be really, really cleaned. While all surfaces of your home could use a good deep cleaning once in awhile, there are a few surfaces that really need your attention. Here is how to sanitize your home from top to bottom.
In the kitchen: you’ll want to use hot water and soap to clean your countertops. Steaming hot water is best. You can boil a kettle or pot and then use that water to ensure your countertops are sanitized. The same is true of your sinks. Cleaning them with chemicals is one way of getting them clean, but using good old fashioned hot water and soap can also do the trick. For your floors, you’ll want to consider using hot water as well. You can read about the top steam mop reviews to help you determine which product is right for your cleaning needs.
In the bathroom: you’ll want to use the same tactics you used in cleaning your kitchen. You can also pour hot water down your toilet to help break up some of the build up in your pipes, rather than using really harsh chemicals. For your mirrors and shower, use a non-abrassive cleaner that will ensure a sparkle and shine. Avoid using really harsh chemicals in your bathtub, especially if you take baths, rather than showers, because if you don’t get all the residue off the surface you could essentially be bathing in chemicals. Not fun.
In the bedrooms: rent a steam cleaner for carpets and give your carpets a good, deep cleaning. This doesn’t have to be done all the time, but nothing brings a dusty old carpet back to life like a good steam cleaning. These are inexpensive to rent and usually come with the shampoo for your carpets and rugs. Freshen up your linens by washing them in hot water as well. This helps to ensure all the sweat and grime from days of sleeping in those sheets makes it out of them. Nothing but clean is left when you wash sheets in hot water. And for even more freshness, hang them outside to dry. They will smell like sunshine!
In the living areas: use the steam cleaner you rented to run over the carpets and rugs in this area too. As well, clean the windows with hot water and soap for a streak free shine. The hot water stops the soap from sticking to the windows the way cold water does. Again, using chemical cleaners can be abrasive to finishes, so only use them where it is necessary. Use a lemon oil or another natural furniture polish to bring your old pieces back to life.
The little things: take the time to clean door handles with hot soap and water. Hot water does the best job of killing harmful bacteria that can be left behind on a door handle. Also, clean the drawer pulls and handles on your cupboards. If you do all these things, your house will be looking and smelling brand new again in no time!