I’m all for “beautifying” chores- you know, the chores you do that make your house look better but that don’t take a lot of time or effort? But sometimes you just have to get down and dirty for the sake of cleanliness. Here’s my list of five chores you shouldn’t put off anymore!
1. The Bathtub. You’d think what with all those soaps and washes being rinsed into the tub that it would be sparkling clean. But remember that along with those soaps are all the germs, dead skin and dirt that wash off your body and a lot of that gets left behind. Make sure you’re cleaner when you get out than you were when you got in!
2. The Kitchen Sink. Studies have shown that there are more germs in your kitchen sink than in your toilet. That’s pretty disgusting. Make sure you clean this frequently (I clean mine every day) and don’t forget the faucet, handles, and drain. This is a good time to throw your sponges in the dishwasher to disinfect them, too.
3. Bedding. Most people spend at least 8 hours in bed (or you should, at any rate) and not all of us take a shower right before getting in between the sheets. Sheets and pillowcases should be changed frequently (at least once a week). While you’re washing, vacuum your mattress. This will get anything extra left behind (*shudder*).
4. Carpets and Rugs. Think about it. You walk on these all day. Anything you might have stepped in gets tracked through your carpeting. Your dog wipes his butt on it every time he sits down. Carpets are disgusting. Vacuum frequently, more so if you have young kids who are crawling around, and get them professionally cleaned twice a year. Or you can invest in a carpet steam cleaner and do it yourself!
5. The Refrigerator. This is where we store our food. It should be totally clean, right? Unfortunately, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria. Things spill, containers leak, and that carrot you had in the drawer that you forgot about now looks like a cucumber. Make sure you clean up any spills as they happen and regularly take everything out, shelf by shelf, and santize, throwing out anything that looks like a science experiment. I do this before I go grocery shopping so that I can both see what I need and clear space for the new food.