EVEN IF YOU’RE SHORT ON TIME, THESE CLEANING HACKS WILL GET YOUR HOME SPOTLESS IN A HURRY.
1. Disinfect your keyboard with a toothbrush and some vinegar.
You’d be amazed by how much bacteria lives on your computer keyboard. One 2018 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health tested various keyboards and found that they contained strains of everything from Bacillus (which can cause a host of diseases) to Staphylococcus aureus (which can cause upper respiratory tract infections).
The good news? Disinfecting it and getting it clean is simple. “Dip a toothbrush in a half-vinegar, half-water solution and scrub on and between keys to eliminate germs,” says Liz O’Hanlon, director of U.K.-based commercial cleaning service Metro Cleaning Ltd.
2. And disinfect your sponges in the microwave.
You use your kitchen sponge to clean utensils, dishes, and even countertops. Unfortunately, according to a 2017 study published in Scientific Reports, doing so might be spreading millions of bacteria throughout your home.
But it’s much easier to disinfect your sponge than you might have thought. “If you put a damp sponge in the microwave for 90 seconds on full power, you’ll reduce the amount of bacterial on it by [up to] 99 percent,” says O’Hanlon.
3. Steam clean your microwave.
That stuck-on mess from the time you tried to heat up your leftover spaghetti is going to take a lot of elbow grease to remove. Luckily, a little steam can make the job a whole lot easier.
“Clean your microwave without scrubbing by putting a bowl of hot water inside and setting it to 5 minutes,” suggests Justin Carpenter, owner of house cleaning service Tucson Maids. Carpenter explains that the steam created through heating the water will loosen the grime in your microwave and make it easy to wipe it off with a cloth.
4. Use denture tablets to clean your coffee pot.
Your grimy coffee maker doesn’t need replacing—it just needs some denture cleaner!
“Put a couple [tablets] where the water goes and run a couple of cycles in your machine—this will clear out any gunk that could be formed on the inside,” says Abe Navas, general manager of Emily’s Maids, a house cleaning service in Dallas, Texas.
5. And use vinegar to disinfect your coffee maker.
Even those of us who use our coffee makers on a daily basis probably aren’t deep-cleaning them as often as we should be. Research published in 2015 in Scientific Reports suggests that our coffee makers are a veritable hotbed of bacterial activity, which means that you might just be ingesting some of that icky stuff along with your dark roast.
So, how should you combat all that bacteria? “Once a month, fill your coffee maker’s reservoir with four tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with water, run it, and then run it once more with only water to get rid of any vinegar smell,” says O’Hanlon.
6. Get rid of water stains with vinegar.
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