Basic hygiene is important all year round, but with winter in full force — along with Covid-19 and flu season — it’s wise to scrub up on your household cleanliness. At the very least, you’ll want to make sure you’re washing everyday items as often as you should. Having a weekly cleaning list is a big help, so you don’t miss anything.
Here, cleaning experts reveal how often you should wash everything from your pillowcases and make-up brushes to your computer keyboard. If you thought your house was already squeaky clean, their recommendations might surprise you.
You may be surprised to hear that your make-up brushes should be washed once a week, using a cleanser or shampoo. The bacteria streptococcus can live in the bristles and cause a number of illnesses, such as scarlet fever, impetigo, and strep throat, if not cleaned regularly.
Air your mattress daily, and wash bedding — sheets and duvet cover — weekly. The experts also recommend washing your pillowcases every other day and vacuuming your mattress once a month.
Tea Towels and Dishcloths
Tea towels and dishcloths should be washed daily or every second day, depending on how much you use your kitchen. It’s wise to have a couple of tea towels available for different uses: one for food prep, one for drying dishes. Microfiber cleaning cloths can be washed and reused.
Your computer keyboard should be cleaned once a week to stop the spread of germs. Spray between the keys with a can of compressed air, and use a sanitizing wipe on the rest. (Just make sure it’s powered off before you clean it!)
Toys should be washed once a week. Use warm soapy water or run them through a dishwasher if they’re durable enough. Soft toys, like teddy bears, can be tossed in the washing machine and dried on high heat.
Bath Mat and Towels
You should air your bath mat every day, and wash it at least once a week. Bath towels and hand towels should be washed at 104F every two days.
Wipe them down with an antibacterial wipe every week. The same goes for TV remotes and other gadgets you use regularly.
Vacuum your sofas with a fabric brush attachment at least once a week to get rid of crumbs, dust, dirt, and pet hair. You can also use a fabric sanitizer or disinfectant spray to kill germs.
Follow this weekly cleaning list, and your home will be more spotless than ever!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love