With the country entering a third week of closure, people are making their homes cleaner than ever as they spent more time fighting the coronavirus.
While many will scrub their sinks, wipe the floors, and wipe antibacterial wipes across surfaces around their home, experts have revealed how germs could hide in areas most people forget.
Speaking to FEMAIL, the cleaning expert and Laundryheap CEO, Deyan Dimitrov, shared his advice on the areas often missed during the daily cleaning routine.
Here he shares his best tips for keeping germs at bay, from replacing tea towels daily to soaking oven mitts in water and vinegar to bacteria.
ONLY USE A TOWEL FOR A DAY
Cleaning expert and CEO of Laundryheap Deyan Dimitrov revealed to FEMAIL the areas generally forgotten in the home, meaning germs can torment (including tea towels)
Deyan explains, “Although they seem quite harmless, tea towels are in fact a breeding ground for a number of harmful bacteria and viruses, including salmonella and E-coli.
“The added care of coronavirus means we now have to change tea towels every day, so make sure you have plenty of spare parts on hand!
“Likewise, the way tea towels are stored can make a big difference in keeping your home safe.”
He advised, “Hang it up to dry after each use, and never leave it on the counter, or stacked damp together. Doing this will only create the perfect conditions for bacteria to multiply.
And if you have a particularly dirty load, strengthen your washing routine by soaking the towels in warm water, a cup of white vinegar, and a tablespoon of baking soda. Then wash as normal.
DRY OVEN GLOVES IN WATER AND VINEGAR
“As with tea towels, oven mitts can boil for far too long and need to be washed and replaced regularly,” Deyan explains.
Stains can be particularly stubborn on this, so try soaking them in warm water, a cup of white vinegar, and dish soap (to loosen any fat!)
Deyan explained that you should clean oven mitts by soaking them in warm water, a cup of white vinegar and dish soap
WASH YOUR PILLOWS AND THEIR CASES more often
Deyan explained that pillows are the most important thing to wash during coronavirus when they come in contact with your face.
“Does anyone else have a hard time not touching their face all day? Your efforts can be in vain when you sleep on an unwashed pillowcase, ”he explained.
More than ever, people should wash their pillowcases more often than the rest of their bedding.
Fortunately, they can just be washed, but if you’re looking for some extra freshness, add half a cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle. Lavender essential oils optional.
‘We also recommend washing the pillows and duvets regularly, as they are often under-washed.
The simplest option here is often dry cleaning or having them washed in an industrial machine, because most duvets don’t fit standard machines.
PUT TRAYS OF SODA ON YOUR CLOTHES
The cleaning expert explained, “I don’t blame you for neglecting this one for so long, but carpets can hold a huge amount of dirt and bacteria.”
He added, “If it’s not machine washable (or practical), have your carpets picked up by a cleaning service or an on-demand option that can handle larger items.
“These services also have the advantage of collection and delivery options, making them contactless.
If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, refresh carpets by sprinkling some baking soda all over the carpet, wait 30 minutes, and vacuum as usual.
Deyan said you can freshen up your carpets by sprinkling some baking soda all over the carpet, waiting 30 minutes and vacuuming normally
SPRAY JACKETS AND COATS WITH VINEGAR
Deyan said, “Washing our hands repeatedly will not be as effective if our clothes and surroundings remain dirty.
“We often forget where our clothes were when we got home, so make sure you take them off as soon as possible – no matter how tired you are!”
He advised, “Coats and jackets should be hung immediately, especially when damp. Wash or dry them according to the clothing label and refresh between washes with a special solution of equal parts water and white vinegar.
Just pour into a spray bottle with a few optional drops of your favorite essential oils, and spritz away! Vinegar is naturally antibacterial, affordable, and still widely available.
The cleaning expert recommended removing clothing worn outside as soon as possible and hanging up coats and jackets