How Clean Is Your House When You’ve Cleaned It?

Today How Clean Is Your House will look at easy ways you can deep clean your home to get rid of those nasty bugs waiting in the cracks to let loose on us. So you’ve cleaned your house from top to bottom and it looks clean. But is it really? Let’s see what lies in the bits we don’t see. 

 

Have you considered the following? How do you deal with them within your own home?
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How clean is your house

At present your house is nice, warm and spotlessly clean. All the diy projects have been done, your toes are cosy and your ceiling is nice and dry. You keep the surfaces wiped, the corners dusted, and the floors scrubbed. Surely, there are no harmful germs lurking around in unexpected areas?
This is where you’re wrong. Germs are everywhere. They enter our homes when we walk in with our outdoor shoes (I don’t allow outdoor shoes inside the house). We bring in small residues (we can no longer see) of stale dog urine and faeces left on the road. Pets leave dangerous germs all around our homes too. All these add up and travel around rather quickly.

 

There are three main types of germs in our homes

Fungi

Can cause allergies and negative respiratory reactions. They can look like mould or mildew. They’re the most ‘friendly’ types of germs because we can see and smell them.

Bacteria

They can exist on dishcloths or any other place that is kept damp. Your chopping board is one of those places if you don’t clean it properly. These are invisible to the naked eye and come in pretty shapes like E-coli and salmonella.

Viruses

This are quite resilient. Invisible to the naked eye, these little beauties can exist for a couple days on their own. They cause flu and other illnesses and love to fly about when given the chance.

Steps you can take to clean your house

First of all, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need specialised cleaners to deep-clean your house. If you anti-bacterialise (not a real word, but you get the drift) everything, your family won’t get the chance to develop a healthy immune system. At the same time, leaving everything dirty can seriously harm your kids – and yourself. Moderation is key.

Pay attention to the following to properly get rid of those germs waiting to catch you unprepared.  You can do some of them once a month. If you’re able, do them more often. Just use warm water, half of a lemon, and some vinegar – for the grease and grime. If you want to really go for it, use soapy water with some added bleach. No fancy, expensive cloth works better for cleaning your house than the old, dirt-cheap bleach. This article shows you that you can even clean your home with Vodka :-)

 

  • Clean your fridge handles
  • Clean your kitchen cupboard handles
  • Wipe your taps daily when you clean your kitchen surfaces.
  • Scrub your chopping boards daily. It’s important to have different boards for meats, breads and vegetables.
  • Wipe the light switches (in bathroom and kitchen) with a dry cloth tipped in a tiny amount of bleach. It can’t be wet! You can guess what your kids get up to before they turn the lights on and off in the bathroom.
  • Clean your bins weekly.
  • Wipe your toilet flush twice a week. If someone has a virus, wipe it each time they use the loo.
  • Clean your toilet seat twice a week
  • Clean your plug holes in the bathroom twice a week

And don’t forget to wash your hands after cleaning!

Extra tips to keep your home smelling clean and fresh

1. To get rid of garlic smell on your fingers: rub with a stainless steel spoon while washing them.

2. For clean smelling towels: never dry them on or near heat.

3. For A clean smelling sink: boil 250ml of vinegar and pour down the drain. Leave for half an hour before using. 

4. For a clean-smelling shoe cupboard, sprinkle baking soda inside smelly shoes and leave overnight.

5. For clean-smelling bathrooms, buy normal bath soaps in bulk and leave them unwrapped in a bowl in your bathroom.

6. For a clean-smelling kitchen, place a slice of bread on top of cabbage when you’re boiling it.

7. Put a bowl of white vinegar next to the cooker when cooking fish.

Now you know exactly what to do when cleaning your house. Please leave any more ideas or comments you may have in the comment box below. Subscribe to this blog to get this winter’s focus on home and health issues. Read up further on more domestic goddess help on my other blog. I’ll leave you with some helpful books on getting rid of germs when cleaning your house, including one of UK’s queen of ‘How Clean Is Your House’ TV programme, Aggie Mackenzie. 

      

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36 Responses to How Clean Is Your House When You’ve Cleaned It?

  1. Pest Control
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    These are all excellent tips to cleaning house. As an exterminator I have been in hundreds of people’s homes, and it’s not hard to tell who keeps it clean and who just tidies up for visitors. Without proper cleaning like vacuuming up the crumbs the kiddos leave behind, you’re just begging for some unwanted guests like ants. I do want to add to your list just one minor suggestion, I find that a lot of dirt and dust is never cleaned out of vents and ducts, and vents are a great place for fleas and other itty bitty pests to hang out, just FYI, so I would suggest cleaning your vents on a regular basis if possible (it’s better for allergies too because then you don’t have all that dust blowing in the air).
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    • Anne July 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      That’s a great addition to the post. Thank you for that. I hadn’t thought of it.

  2. Audi A8 Miami April 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    I never realized there is so much more to be done in a house! It is very important to make sure the house is completely cleaned because like you said, bugs can be hiding. Thanks for these awesome cleaning tips!

  3. VINEETA April 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Nice tips Thanks a lot for these helpful tips i will always clean my house as i am very pond of making my house clean all the time

  4. Backflow Installation March 11, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    It is very essential for us to know about germs like fungi, bacteria, viruses and many others and clean it. All the steps which given to clean your house all well but extra tips to keep your home smelling, clean and fresh are also very useful.

  5. Margaux Allen March 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    These tips are new to me! Thank you for this one Anne. Never had come up to my mind to use vinegar for a clean smelling sink. Our sink is my main problem. It irritates me whenever I smell something unwanted on the sin. Thanks for the tips. Will share this one to my Mom! :)

  6. Rajasekar March 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks for sharing some amazing tips.My house is totally messed up and dusty.I am surely going to clean up the entire house.There are black ants crawling through my entire house and I think I will have to do something about it

  7. Alex March 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I hate fish smell, but we have an open kitchen, so whenever we prepare seafood the whole place stinks. I hope your “white vinegar” tip will help… :)

  8. Utkarsh Bhatt
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    March 2, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    I guess, our house is never clean enough because as soon as anyone comes in, specially the small children, everything comes down to become messy again.
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  9. Eric D.
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    February 20, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Excellent article! Many people think that wiping down surfaces or sweeping means they’ve cleaned but, as you’ve mentioned, that’s not always the case. Of all places, kitchens are probably the most neglected with bathrooms being second on the list.
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  10. White Cards February 19, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I always asked myself this question not only after cleaning my house but also my body. I have this compulsive washing and feels like everything is still dirty even though I’ve already washed.

    • Anne February 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      Hi WC, while cleaning properly is essential, I think that we can develop an unhealthy obsession with it. If you still feel dirty after washing, maybe you’ve got some sort of obsession with cleanliness? I’m not an expert, so don’t take my word for it.

      Maybe you should talk to someone who can help you even things out a bit?

  11. Amol February 18, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    wow! It’s really wonderful posts thanks for sharing such a wonderful tricks to clean the home.I use all the suggestions to clean the house.Thanks a lot.

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  12. Coupon 101 February 17, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    great post.it is very essential for us to know about bacteria and how to clean it.
    thanks for sharing this
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  13. Lexi
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    February 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    I like to keep very clean and actually do wipe all door handles, light switches, cabinet knobs etc. These are the things that we touch on a daily basis, so bacteria and germs can easily spread. Also when we have house guests they bring on their own germs in our homes.

    Thanks for sharing a great article, as it’s a great reminder of areas that also need cleaning that we tend to neglect.
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  14. Steve February 11, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    “I am very lazy regarding clealiness of house is concern. You have shared some really good points, I had no idea about these bacteria & fungi effects. Germ free post, thanks a ton for shaaring.


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  15. Alin February 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    You have shared some good points, had no idea about these types of germs…

  16. Jack February 7, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    I clean my house on weekends only, because I get no time. You have shared some good points, had no idea about these types of germs, would try to clean everyday now. Clean post, thanks for sharing.

  17. pstpl
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    February 7, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    If you live with other people, cleaning the house should not be exclusively your responsibility! You may have to take on leadership by setting up a rotational cleaning schedule, but it’s better than having to do this backbreaking work alone.
    Some people prefer to put off cleaning as long as possible, then have a big cleaning campaign now and then.

    For the “average” busy person (not a neat freak) it works better to do a little bit every day so that the work doesn’t pile up, and also have major-cleaning day a few times a month.

  18. Ryon February 7, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    We often miss out on things while cleaning our house and therefore it remains unclean even when we have covered the entire house. Sometimes the products we use to clean the house are not effective enough to actually get rid of the germs and bacteria present on the floor or the wall or the ceiling.

  19. Mike Padrick February 6, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    A lot of what you’re saying, I’ve never even thought to do. I guess my house isn’t nearly as clean as I thought it was! Thank you for this info!
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    • Anne February 7, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      You’re welcome, Mike. Glad I could offer something of value :-)

  20. Jannet February 5, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    All my environmental studies went into vain, I don’t like cleaning my room lol. You have provided some really good points, I don’t like to put much efforts on it, but your post convinced me to do do.

  21. James February 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Cleaning & organizing things is the big task for me cant go till the Fungi & bacterial level. You have shared some really good points, will share it to my mom & brother because they are in the cleaning incharge department of my house lol.

    • Anne February 4, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks for the share, James. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.

  22. Sam February 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Thanks a lot for these helpful tips, My mom spends her half of the time in cleaning & organising things, I never gave so much time for this, my room is always in mess, will try to keep it clean by using some of your tips, thanks for sharing.

    • Anne February 4, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      Hi Sam, it’s very important that we all know how to keep our surroundings clean, or else we can pick up nasty things, then share it with the rest of our family. We’ve all been taught to share, but sharing bacteria is one thing we should probably not do :-)

  23. Harry February 1, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I like my house to be clean all the time. However, that is only possible if I leave all the work and keep sweeping and cleaning the house the entire day. It does remain clean till the time I plan to enter the kitchen and cook. I can be really messy sometimes. But still, my house looks clean otherwise.

    • Anne February 4, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      HI Harry, as the saying goes, ‘A little goes a long way’. I clean a little at a time. I also pay attention to putting things back in their place. This means I don’t have to do a massive clearing up at the end of the day. Little by little – keeping things tidy and clean – does it.

  24. Nathan January 29, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Well, this is actually a tricky question but yes most of us will have the same answer. How much ever we clean our house, there is something left dirty or unhygienic in some corner of the house. And, we fail to find out what and where? Having a huge multiple storey house is more hectic to clean and maintain it.

  25. James January 25, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Nice tips.After reading this post I realize the importance of keeping our house clean and this is also recommended for a healthy living.I want to get rid of the small tiny flies that I find on my wall every evening.I just don’t know from where these ones enter because my windows are shut and there are no chances for them to enter.

    • Anne January 25, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      HI James, the flies don’t necessarily have to be coming from outside and through your window. They probably have set up home with you INSIDE the house. Check your attic or basement (loft or cellar), your bin areas and any damp area you may have inside the home.

      You may find that flies who got in there ages ago have actually found a home and have been mating and breeding there ever since. You can get some really strong over-the-counter stuff to get rid of flies these days. Failing that, you may want to call in the professionals to check your problem out.

      My opinion is that they’re inside, and come out when it’s cooler to search for food. If you live in a flat, they could be coming from the larger bin areas and through the vents. If this is the case you can report it to your building people, or you can get fine mesh to place over your vent to prevent anything from entering. Never cover your vents, though.

      Suitable material could be had from your hardware, DIY shop.

  26. Smith January 24, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Anne,
    I was thinking of doing a pest control in my house because I have not done it from quite some years now but I was thinking if I could do some things in a small way then it would be more beneficial.There are tiny cockroaches crawling throughout my house and it looks very ugly.I have tried many things but they are not working out.
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    • Anne January 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Smith, cockroaches usually signify the presence of rats/mice. They feast on rat droppings. You have to find the source of the infestation – where they come in from, where they live, what they’re eating, where they spend the daytime etc.

      For this I would definitely recommend pest control. You could have a small problem, but if you leave it too long, it could create a bigger problem and a health risk for your family.

      Rats may be living very near your house (under your house, in your basement etc). You can’t risk a bigger infestation.

  27. Daniel January 23, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Thanks for sharing some amazing tips.My house is totally messed up and dusty.I am surely going to clean up the entire house.There are black ants crawling through my entire house and I think I will have to do something about it.I don’t want to spend my bucks on the pest control guy.I will try out something on my own.

    • Anne January 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      HI Daniel, with the black ants thing, you definitely have some sort of avenue – either your door or your window that they’re getting in from. Follow their trail backwards and see where they’re coming from. It should be easy to work out, but will take some time.
      In the meantime you can put a line of salt on your window sill and outside your door. They find it hard to climb over the salt and don’t like the feel of it. This won’t work for ever, it would just bide your time until you can do something about it. Make sure you don’t have an ants nest under your door mat or under your flower pot outside your door.

      You can always use ant powder on the nest outside

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