Not only is it spring cleaning season, but all of a sudden the world has a bit more time to dive into a good, deep clean while we’re staying home. Maybe you’ve already started cleaning the basics and checking off your spring cleaning list. Heck, maybe you’ve already started a deep clean and have been tackling those big-ticket items that normally get neglected, i.e. your washing machine. But there are a handful of things that people often overlook when going on their cleaning spree. So while you’re scrubbing your home from top to bottom, make sure these 11 things also get some TLC.
This one is sort of a no-brainer, but also gets neglected. Makeup brushes are a breeding ground of bacteria and you are literally rubbing it on your face. Especially right now in a time where everyone is concerned about germs and bacteria, don’t let your trusty brushes spread it around. Think of it this way, you are touching the brushes to your face, then to your makeup and back to your face again. That’s a lot of opportunity to spread gross things around. So not only do you want to clean them to keep your pores unclogged, but you also can prevent issues like pink eye, staph infections and even attracting bugs. GROSS.
Do you wear jewelry daily? Even if it’s just a pair of earrings or a wedding ring, your daily jewelry can harbor icky bacteria on the surface. Dirt, skin and oil accumulate and it doesn’t fully wash off with soap and water. Rings especially, which are in super close contact with your skin and can trap sweat, water and germs underneath, deserve a good, dedicated cleaning this week.
We know it, but we don’t want to hear it, but our phone is disgusting. It has been said that your phone is 10x dirtier than a toilet seat. Your laptop, iPad, keyboards and desktops are likely not getting a proper regular cleaning, as well. Because we’re always carrying our phone and using our electronics for work and personal tasks, we often don’t wash our hands in between touching germs and diving back into our screens. Cleaning your screens should become a regular habit even after quarantine days are over.
Cleaning your windows is a big task, but a rewarding one. We often don’t realize how much light we’re missing thanks to dirty windows. Giving your windows a good clean can help with “daylighting,” which will help you stay sane and happy during all this time indoors.
Hair styling products
Your hair brushes and heat-styling tools hardly ever get the cleaning they deserve. Sure, you probably pull the gunk out of your hairbrush every once in awhile, but it needs more. No matter how often you use it, your brush has the ability to act like a sponge. So your brush likely contains not only dead skin cells, but dust, dirt, grime and oils that get deposited back to your hair every time you use it. And don’t forget about your hot tools. The buildup of the polymers in many styling products is essentially melted plastic material that can adhere to your hair. That residue not only creates split ends, but also creates a barrier of gunk that makes it harder for your tools to create polished and smooth results. So make sure to also give your wands, straighteners and dryers a much-needed cleaning.
Reusable grocery bags
When we pile food upon food in our reusable grocery bags, we enable cross-contamination of foods. In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University, almost all the reusable shopping bags tested were jam-packed with bacteria. Half the bags had traces of coliform bacteria, while 12 percent tested positive for E. coli.
If you’re like us, you’re most likely spending a lot more quality time with your yoga mat at the moment. Throughout the day, you shed skin cells (typically between 30,000 and 40,000 daily), produce body oils and secrete sweat, all of which can get onto your mat during your workout. Not to mention, if you share your mat or borrow a communal one from your gym, you’re now exposed to all that grossness from other people! Your yoga mat needs a cleaning over time after you use it, but during your time home, you can also give it a super good deep clean to remove any lingering buildup or bacteria.
Your plant babies need a good dusting just like everything else in your home. You’d be amazed how much grime they can trap on their pretty leaves. Give them a good wipe down with water and a clean cloth, and finish it off with a plant shine spray for a healthy, vibrant plant baby.
Inside your closet
Be honest, have you ever cleaned inside your closet? Sure, we clean around it. We even go through it and purge what is inside of it, but have you ever given it a good deep clean? It traps dust and grime just like the other spaces in your home, so really you should be cleaning it as well. Take everything out (hey, it makes sense for you to also purge your closet while doing this!) and sweep, vacuum and dust the interior. Wipe down the hangers and put your clothing back in its new, happy clean home.
Credit cards + keys
This was actually recommended by the CDC to stop the spread of COVID-19, because your credit cards and your keys are two of the most frequently used individual items, and also some of the most easily contaminated. Germs and bacteria can live on your plastic credit cards, and there’s no doubt you’re using them daily. Clean your credit cards with an antibacterial wipe, taking care to not get the strip or chip wet. Your keys can be cleaned in a bowl of water and dish soap, plus a toothbrush to scrub off the gunk.