If you’ve heard the phrase “cleanliness is next to godliness” then you’ll know that being clean is a sign of spiritual purity. For those of us who aren’t religious, being clean is a sign that we practice good hygiene. However, many of us may look clean but the real question is:
how well do you clean your house?
Do you often find yourself frantically hoovering the floor before having guests? Do you let your plates pile up in the sink? Or maybe you change your sheets once a month. Many of us find cleaning a tedious job that we don’t have time for, but keeping your house clean prevents harmful germs and disease-causing bacteria.
We’ve written some tips for you to incorporate into your life to make sure your house is clean and fresh.
- Always do your washing up after you’ve had your meal. If doing the washing up by hand is too much effort, why not get a dishwasher? According to a sample survey by Statista, as much 45% of Brits own a dishwasher. So, you’ll be in good company.
- Every week, wash or mop all hard floors. Vacuum carpets and floors. Thoroughly clean the bathroom from sink to the floor with disinfectant. Attend to the areas of the kitchen not covered by your daily cleaning routine (microwave, fridge, windows, disinfect the bin). Around 2,000 dust mites can live happily on one ounce of carpet dust, so it’s worth keeping those carpets clean!
- Nominating a day for laundry will prevent your dirty clothes from piling up. (Mondays for towels, Tuesdays for bed linen). Make sure you keep your washing machine clean by cleaning it with bleach. 97% of the UK population now own a washing machine, which led to the demise of the humble laundrette.
- Keep surfaces clear and free from clutter to make cleaning easier and to prevent dust from collecting. Be sure to use that disinfectant too, “In one study, C. difficile was shown to survive for five months.”, says the NHS.
- Change your sponges frequently. A study documented by the Daily Mail found the modest kitchen sponge to be 200,000 times dirtier than the average toilet seat!
- Change your tea towels and dishcloths daily. Daily Mail also went on to mention that “Coliform bacteria were detected in 89.0% and E. coli in 25.6% of (kitchen) towels.”
- Keep your kitchen sink and drainer clean and tidy. Water Org claim that it can cost the average customer as much as £66 to fix a blocked sink. Prevention is key, and is the best way save your hard-earned pennies literally going down the drain.
- Always check your fridge for expired food before going grocery shopping. However, a study by Sainsburys found that “75 per cent of us are running our fridges too warm”. If the British public were able to turn the temperature down, as much as 4.2 millions of tonnes of food waste a year would be saved. Oh, and the amount of money it saved would be pretty large too!
- Change your bed sheets every 2 weeks. This is even more important with the news that bed bug population tripled in the UK last year.
- Incorporate a daily cleaning routine to prevent dirt build up. Another study showed that a daily cleaning routine can in fact help burn calories on par with activities seen in the gym.
Hopefully, this short list will help you with getting your house a little bit cleaner. No time? Why not book a cleaning service for us today? Click here for a no obligation quote.