This article comes from Good Housekeeping.
8 Places in Your Home That Are Dirtier Than You Think
These hotspots are a breeding ground for grime and bacteria. Here’s how to properly clean and sanitize them.
This may sound obvious, but how often do you really clean your doorknobs? The easiest way to tackle these: Wipe any visible dust off with a dry cloth; give them a good scrub with a sudsy cloth, give them a good scrub; then rinse.
Zap any lingering bacteria with a sanitizing agent. Let it sit for five minutes and then wipe down with a cloth.
2. Light switches
Have you ever stopped to think about how many times you flip the lights on and off? (Answer: a lot—especially if the kiddos love to leave them on and you’re the one always flicking them off.) To tackle all that grime, clean light switches regularly with a wipe.
Think about all of the things you touch before you turn the faucet on. (Kind of gross, huh?) Start with your preferred cleaning agent of choice, then sanitize. Let it sit for five minutes, then wipe with a microfiber cloth.
4. Remote controls
Just about everyone touches remotes, whether they’re for the TV or the ceiling fan. To clean them, start by removing the batteries and replace the cover. Then, dampen a cloth with a cleaning agent and go over the entire remote, paying special attention to the spaces between the buttons. For any narrow grooves, use a cotton swab—just be careful not to get any liquid into the controls.
If there are any pesky crumbs stuck in-between buttons, use a toothpick to gently dislodge them. Finally, dry the remote with a lint-free cloth and replace the batteries. Voilà! You’re ready for movie night.
You probably touch your banister every time you go up and down the stairs—and we’d venture to guess that’s at least a dozen times per day. To sanitize, wipe off any visible dust and debris and hit the tops, sides, and any other areas that hands tend to grip with a disinfectant. Just be sure your product is suitable for the finish!
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