While many Australian homeowners clean their homes every week, there are many household items that are not cleaned often or deeply enough.
The reason this is so important is that these products can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and mildew – and if they are not cared for, you can get sick.
An accumulation of dirt can also prevent some items from working, a problem that can ultimately result in costly repairs.
Items such as microwaves, mattresses and washing machines can quickly & # 39; be disgusting & # 39; if they are not being used and need to be cleaned more often than you think.
To keep your microwave in good condition, it is recommended that you clean this device at least once a week (stock overview)
1. Microwaves – Once a week
There is no point in delaying the cleaning of the microwave until it is really dirty, because it could damage your appliance.
Food particles that are left behind can cause overheating, which can cause your device to break down, according to the publication Wirecutter.
There is also the problem of old food that makes this device more difficult to use.
A simple cleaning tip is to put a bowl of hot water in the microwave for five minutes and allow the steam to dissolve the baked food.
Wipe it out with a wet sponge to remove all traces of food and you will be left with a shiny device.
2. Vacuum cleaners – Once a month
Vacuum cleaners are designed to collect dust and dirt from the house, but small particles can get stuck in the filter.
If this is the case, you may have noticed that your device does not seem to work as well.
To keep your machine in top condition, make sure you wash the filter regularly (if it is machine washable).
In the event that the filters are not washable, you must ensure that you regularly replace filters.
Top loaders must flush their filters correctly to prevent dirt and dirt from collecting (stock image)
3. Washing machine – Every use and monthly
The washing machine is one of the hardest working devices in the house and must be cleaned regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria.
After each use, it is recommended that the lid of the lid or the washing machine is left open so that the moisture can evaporate well.
Top loaders must have their filters properly washed at least once a month to prevent dirt and dirt from collecting.
If you have a front loader, it is advisable to sweep behind the large rubber seal on the door as often as possible.
This area is an excellent breeding ground for mold and mildew because moisture and the detergent residue often get stuck here. Regular collection can keep this under control.
Perform a cleaning cycle once a month – no clothing, the hottest water possible, chlorine bleach or a special cleaning product
4. Sofa – every two weeks
Although it is hard to imagine, the bank can be one of the dirtiest places in the house.
This is because food, dirt, dust and soot can get stuck in the woven threads and quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.
It is advisable to vacuum your couch at least every two weeks and at the same time fold up the cushions.
Ensure that food stains are immediately removed with a spot cleaner and invest at least once a year to professionally steam your furniture.
Regular vacuuming of mattresses means that you will be less likely to deal with an accumulation of hair, dirt and dust (stock image)
5. Mattresses and pillows – A few times a year
Mattresses and pillowcases need more attention than you might think, because hair, dirt and dust can accumulate quickly.
While a thorough vacuum of your mattress removes much of the dirt, if you are worried about house dust mites that may lie on pillowcases, you should wash it.
When laundering, the temperature of the water must be above 55 degrees Celsius. First check the manufacturer's instructions.
A & # 39; bruised & # 39; mother rather encouraged people to regularly vacuum their mattresses after they had discovered how much dirt and dust lurked under her sheets (photo).
What are the best tips for cleaning the mattress?
Start at the top of the mattress and work your way down on overlapping, narrow paths. Vacuum the sides in the same way.
Deodorize with baking soda
Sprinkle your mattress well with baking soda and rub it in gently with a scrub brush, so that it ends up in the fabric where the stench lives. Let the baking soda sit for 10 minutes before continuing to the next step.
Repeat the sucking
By scrubbing the baking soda in your mattress, you have helped to bind it with moisture and body oils in the upper layers of the material. A second time vacuuming removes that moisture, along with the cause of the odors.
Mattresses usually get three types of stains: blood, urine and & # 39; other body fluids & # 39 ;. These need a paste of 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, mixed with 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and table salt.
Lightly spread the paste on the stain and allow it to dry before scraping off the residue. Blot some remaining stains with a white cloth dipped in hydrogen peroxide and turn the cloth around when the stain comes off.
6. Humidifier – Every third day
If you use a cool mist humidifier in your home, make sure you clean the reservoir every three days.
It is recommended to clean this with water and always to avoid soap or aggressive cleaning agents.
The filter must also be cleaned regularly. This must be soaked in cold water for 20 minutes and dried completely before being used again.
Wick filters must be replaced every six months.
7. Dishwasher – Every six months
Although daily cleaning of your dishwasher is recommended, a deeper cleaning ensures that your appliance continues to function properly.
Consumer watchdog CHOICE recommends a half-yearly cleaning and proposes to do this by running the machine on its hottest cycle with nothing in it.
To remove grease, scale and scale from the pipes and remove odors, pour a few cups of vinegar into a bowl on the lower rack before you switch on the machine for washing.
Checking the spray arms at this point is also important because food can get stuck in the jets.
& # 39; If your manual recommends it, remove the spray arms and insert a toothpick into the water outlet openings to remove any obstructions and allow them to flow freely. & # 39;
8. Air cleaner – Every two to four weeks
Air purifiers are devices that remove contaminating particles such as dust, pollen, pet dander and mold spores from the air.
Wirecutter recommends cleaning the fiberglass pre-filter for two or four weeks with a vacuum or water and allowing it to dry completely before replacing it.
The publication recommends replacing the pre-filter (the filter that collects most of the larger dust particles and pet hair) every six months.
Replace the HEPA filter (a closer type of filter) every year.
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