Updated: Jul 23
Want to know how often you should clean areas of your home or place of work? We have a list for how to keep the most frequently used objects and places free from bacteria, germs, mold, etc. so you can stay healthy. Not everyone has a way to see those microorganisms that you don’t want hanging around, but we can tell you according to science how often you should clean to get rid of them. If someone has been sick, make sure to clean areas they have come in contact with right away instead of the usual recommended schedule below.
How often should you clean your bathroom?
Each area in your bathroom may need to be cleaned on a different schedule, depending on the frequency of use.
The sink can actually harbor fecal matter from washing your hands after using the bathroom, and therefore should be disinfected every day.
E.Coli can also be found within six feet of your toilet, so the bathroom floor should be cleaned at a minimum of once a week.
The bathtub and/or shower can build up soap scum, mold and mildew; to keep it at bay clean once a week or a minimum of once every other week.
The door knobs and knobs you touch daily in the bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected once a week.
The toilet can carry pathogens, bacteria and viruses. Do a daily quick clean, then a weekly deep scrub to keep the toilet sparkling.
How often should you wash your sheets?
Dirt and oils from your skin can get trapped in your sheets and can cause breakouts or dandruff. Launder your sheets in hot water and tumble dry, you can alternate between two sets of sheets to make your cleaning easier.
Pillows and comforters should also be washed every 3-6 months on hot to kill bacteria to keep where you sleep clean and comfortable.
How often should you clean your refrigerator?
The refrigerator can harbor mold spores from forgotten leftovers, spill remains and crumbs, so it is best to do a good cleaning quarterly to keep your food fresh.
How often should you clean your kitchen?
Your kitchen contains many areas that need to be cleaned and disinfected often, especially if you cook and bake regularly.
The sink should be cleaned every day. Bacteria from food can accumulate in your sink, which can contaminate anything that comes in contact with it - like the water if it splashes back onto your hands.
Any knobs or handles should be cleaned once a week since they are touched multiple times a day.
Counters should be cleaned and disinfected every day. Sanitizing surfaces ensures lingering germs stay away from the food you are preparing.
Buildup in your dishwasher can keep your dishes from really getting clean, so you should clean this appliance monthly.
How often should you clean your floors?
Most floors should be cleaned once a week or a minimum of once every other week, unless you have small children at home, in which case more often is recommended. The bathroom and kitchen floors should be cleaned a minimum of once a week due to bacteria and germs.
How often should you clean your carpets?
Carpets should be vacuumed once a week or a minimum of once every other week - if you have pets more often is recommended. Keeping carpets clean is important to keep allergy triggers at bay.
How often should you clean surfaces?
Most surfaces that get frequently used or touched like countertops, tables, railings and door handles should be cleaned and disinfected daily. Keeping these areas clean will keep germs from spreading to more areas.
How often should you clean your office desk?
Your office desk should be cleaned and disinfected once a week, it is a high touch area and may need a cleaning more often if you work in a shared space.
How often should you clean your computer?
Your mouse and keyboard carry a lot of bacteria and germs, disinfect and clean out your keyboard with compressed air at least once a week. You can even use a keyboard cover for easier cleaning.
Your monitor can be wiped off once a week to clear dust.
How often should you clean your furniture?
A monthly cleaning of your furniture will be best for upkeep, while a steam cleaning once a year will also extend the life of these pieces.
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