Your favorite apartments know that you probably take it upon yourself to clean your home from top-to-bottom every so often. Aside from knocking out your typical list of regular cleaning tasks, disinfecting your home is always a great idea, as it can protect your immune system from viruses and bacterial infections.
There might be a few things that you’re forgetting to clean when focusing on your linens, door handles, and kitchen appliances, however. Here are four often-overlooked household items to disinfect in your apartment – sooner rather than later.
You touch your remotes multiple times per day. So, clean them well by dampening a cloth with 70% isopropyl alcohol or pull out a disinfecting wipe. Go over the remote, paying special attention to the spaces between the buttons. Then, dip a cotton swab in alcohol, squeeze out the excess, and use it to clean the narrow areas and grooves, being careful to not let any liquid drip into the remote. Let dry.
Can openers encounter all kinds of food, yet they’re rarely cleaned. Put an end to that by washing handheld can openers in hot soapy water. Electric can openers usually have pop-off blades that can be washed the same way. For wall-mounted can openers, use a soapy toothbrush to clean the blade area, and a cloth dipped in warm soapy water to clean the rest of the machine. Rinse with a cloth and wipe dry. Use a disinfecting wipe to go over the areas of the can opener that your fingers touch.
They’re often the first and last thing you touch every day. Make sure they’re sterile with these instructions. First, use a damp cloth to clean off dust and grime. Be careful not to let any liquid seep behind the switch. With a disinfecting wipe or cotton ball dampened with 70% isopropyl alcohol, swab all sides of the switch and back plate. Again, be careful that no liquid gets inside. Allow it to air dry.
How often do you pull out your credit card? Probably pretty often – and we can bet that you’ve never once stopped to think about how germy they really are. Fix that by wiping each card down with a disinfecting wipe. Let them dry before placing them back in your wallet. Although you might not technically consider this a “home item,” it’s a frequently used one that’s in your home, nonetheless.
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