When talking about the grimiest and grossest parts of the house, many would quickly assume it’s the bathroom. But believe it or not, less-suspicious areas are teeming with dirt and bacteria because they often get ignored or don’t always get included in your cleaning list. So, for this article, we asked our cleaning partners to reveal the usual suspects and pro tips on how to clean and sanitize them properly. C

Kitchen Sponge and Rags

In a swab analysis of everyday household items for the 2011 NSF International Household Germ Study, researchers found Coliform bacteria — a family of bacteria that includes Salmonella and E. coli and is an indicator of potential fecal contamination — in more than 75% of sponges and rags used in the kitchen. To make it worse, they were also found to be a hotbed for mold and yeast, which can cause infections and allergic reactions.

Pro cleaning tip: Wash your kitchen rags and towels at the end of each day in the washing machine at the highest setting. Use baking soda or a cup of vinegar instead of fabric conditioner to prevent messing up the fabric’s absorbency properties. 

On the other hand, replace your kitchen sponges regularly before they start stinking — a tell-tale sign that bacteria are already thriving. If you have a reusable sponge, soak it in soapy water and microwave it for two minutes to kill the bacteria. 

Drain plugs 

Drain plugs or stoppers are a cesspool of yucky germs, mold, and other microorganisms. Usually, it’s rare for these things to get a good scrubbing unless the water’s draining slowly. Aside from the assurance that you’ve got no clog blocking your kitchen sink, bathtub, or bathroom floor, deep cleaning your drain plugs every now and then minimizes the risk of letting it become a breeding ground for the nasties.

Pro cleaning tip: While wearing rubber gloves, manually remove debris stuck in your drain plugs. Soak removable drain stoppers in a basin filled with warm water, half a cup of vinegar, and detergent for 10 minutes to get rid of sticky gunk, and then scrub vigorously using a sponge or an old toothbrush. To clean non-removable drain plugs, fill the drain with baking soda, pour a cup of white vinegar, and let it fizzle for five minutes. Next, scrub the sides using an old toothbrush and run the tap with warm water to flush away the dirt. 

Coffee Maker 

Sorry to break it to you; your ever-reliable coffee maker is also one of the germiest things you have at home. It has a dark, warm, and moist environment, and you’ve probably never cleaned it since you bought it. Due to these reasons, the NSF study found mold, yeast, and other bacteria thriving in most households’ coffee maker reservoirs. 

Pro cleaning tip: Deep clean your coffee maker by filling the reservoir with water and vinegar at an equal 1:1 ratio. Run a brewing cycle and let the vinegar soak for a few more minutes. Repeat the process the second time but with water only to eliminate the remaining traces of vinegar. 

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Keeping a clean home comes with many health benefits. That’s why when you’re busy or not in your best form to do it yourself, hiring a local home cleaning company to do it for you is always worth it. Whatever your cleaning needs, there’s FreshSpace Cleaning to help you! 

We offer top-notch cleaning services in different locations nationwide. Our professional cleaning partners are carefully screened and background-checked for your peace of mind. We offer flexible, no-contract cleaning services, such as:

  • One-time or regular residential cleaning
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  • Move-in/move-out cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning 

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