Despite all the cleaning and tidying that happens in our homes, many items are hiding in plain sight, and are in need of your attention! At Honest Cleaning and Services, we take care of ‘big picture’ cleaning – kitchens, bathrooms, carpets, floors, walls, etc. But what about the little things that manage to elude discovery even though they are right under our eyes?
Together with our Team members, HCAS created this list of items that may be in your home and are champions at evading a good cleaning!
The Overlooked Eight – Don’t Let Them Get Away with It
Whether it is a decorative cup or an electric base, these items can get pretty yucky from dripping toothpaste residue. We recommend a good soak in hot soapy water or put in the dishwasher.
Bottoms of Rugs and Throw-Carpets
It is smart to vacuum both sides on occasion because dirt does accumulate on the underside.
Totes and Handbags
Have your handbags ever been placed on the ground? Yes? That means it has been collecting guck, grime, and germs of all kinds. Check with the manufacturer’s website for tips on cleaning, take to an eco-friendly dry-cleaner, or use a gentle natural cleanser, soft brush or cotton swab and spot wash by hand. Air dry outside in the breeze or use a hairdryer. It is not recommended to put in the dryer due to the metal hardware and tumbling may also change the structure of the bag.
Do not forget to clean the cleaners in your home. Sponges should be soaked in a mixture of vinegar and water. Cleaning rags, washcloths, and mop heads should be washed in hot water and can go in the washing machine and dryer. Vacuum filters should be cleaned at least every three months, and broom heads should be either rinsed/washed under the tap with dish soap, vigorously banged out, or vacuumed.
Electronic Gadgets and TV Remote
With all those snacky hands using the remote control, the Wii, and game controllers, make sure to wipe down with a cloth (not sponge) soaked in warm vinegar and water.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Turn inside out and throw in the washer to get rid of residual food bacteria. Add to the load your cloth tote bags, mesh bags, make-up bag, and any little cloth bags you may have tucked away in your backpack, briefcase, or travel kit.
Gym Bags and Yoga Mats
Some gym bags can be washed in the machine; others must be done by hand. It there is an odour problem, sprinkle the inside with baking soda overnight before washing. Yoga mats are easy to wipe down with a dilution of warm water and soap, if you have been attending classes during COVID-19, add a small amount of disinfectant to the mixture.
Garbage Cans and Compost Bins
So necessary, yet so avoided! Make this part of your regular cleaning routine, especially in the summer, when heat is added to mix. Hose out first, then hand wash with hot soapy water, rinse, and let it dry in the sun. Sprinkle bottom with baking soda to absorb odours before putting back into use.
Like mattresses, pillows collect an incredible amount of dust, skin cells, and bacteria. Foam chip and feather pillows can be washed in your machine at home. Make sure you check for loose seams or gaps in stitching before putting into the machine, as we can guarantee, if there is, the pillow will turn itself inside out before the cycle is over! (If that happens, use a wet vac to remove the debris from the washing machine tub).
Winter Accessories: Hats, Gloves, and Scarves
Items used during cold weather are packed away now, but did you wash them before they went into the storage bin? Gloves, hats/toques, and scarves can be laundered with mild soap on the Delicate cycle in the machine. Items made of leather, wool, or silk should be taken to your local eco-friendly dry-cleaner for advice.
At Honest Cleaning and Services, we always advocate everyone uses non-toxic, natural cleaning products, at home and at work, like vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, soap flakes, and an ample amount of elbow grease to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
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- Marisa is the owner and operator of Honest Cleaning and Services. She is passionate about animal welfare, human rights and is an advocate for many causes, both locally and internationally. When not cleaning and over-seeing the HCAS Teams, Marisa can be found enjoying a nature hike or involved in activism for causes she believes in.