4 Things You Absolutely Must Sanitize in Your Home

hand holding television remote

You clean your home regularly, but how thoroughly? Chances are good that you’re overlooking some pretty filthy places.

These are the spots that are frequently touched and rarely cleaned:

Remote Controls and Handheld Electronics

Every time you change the channel, you’re picking up germs. Your clicker passes through multiple hands a day, making it a breeding ground for viruses. The buttons also jam up with Cheeto dust or whatever you were munching on during your movie marathon. It's due for a deep cleaning.

  • Remove the batteries

  • Wipe down the entire surface of your remote with a washcloth dipped in rubbing alcohol

  • Swab between buttons with a Q-tip soaked in alcohol

  • Use a toothpick to pry out the grime around the buttons

  • Dry with a lint-free cloth

Some remotes can be disassembled so that you can remove the rubber pad with all the buttons. That will allow for easy cleaning with soap and water.

In addition to your remote, get into the habit of wiping down all of your handheld devices at least weekly with a cloth and rubbing alcohol.

Coffeemaker Reservoir

Do you take your coffee with sugar and...mold?

If you are like most people, you regularly wash the coffeepot and empty the removable tray of grinds. But what about the reservoir? The inner workings of your coffeemaker contain mold, yeast and other things you definitely do not want in your morning cup of joe.

  • Pour a solution of white vinegar and distilled water into the reservoir. Let it sit for about 20 minutes to attack the gunk at the bottom of the tank.

  • Turn on the coffeemaker to run the solution through the appliance. This will clean out the reservoir tube, showerhead and other components of the machine.

  • Give the hot water and vinegar solution a swirl in the coffee pot then pour it out.

  • Brew two cups on distilled water through the system so that your coffee doesn’t have a weird vinegary aftertaste.

Knobs, Pulls and Handles

Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you touch it, clean it. That includes

  • cabinet knobs

  • drawer pulls

  • handles on kitchen appliances

  • faucets

  • light switches

  • toilet flusher

  • doorknobs

Get in the habit of sanitizing these things weekly using an antibacterial cleaning product or household detergent and water.

Your Cleaning Supplies

The things you use to clean with could be doing more harm than good. Reusable sponges and mop heads will only spread more germs if they’re not properly cleaned. Wash these in hot water and dry them on the hottest setting after each use.

Better yet, stick with disposable wipes or cloths.

Bottom line: Giving these neglected areas a good scrubbing will cut down on germs and help keep your family healthy. However, your efforts alone will go only so far. The pros at Cut N Dry Restoration have specialized equipment to achieve a deeper level of cleanliness. To schedule an appointment, call (909) 829-5002.

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