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Are you aware you might be overlooking these items during your spring cleaning routine? Perhaps you should give it another go…

Most people would admit that cleaning isn't fun. After all, this chore never seems to end. But while you would never forget to make the bed, clean the toilet, or wash the sheets, there are a few things you're probably forgetting to clean.

Even if you're constantly on high alert for dirt, you'll be surprised to discover that germs lurk in common items in your home. This could mean they are brimming with allergen-packed dust or germs.
During your cleaning and dusting over the weekend, ensure you don't miss these spots.

1. Blender
Blenders are among the top germ-ridden items, especially in the kitchen. If you don't clean them properly, they could harbor pathogens including E. coli, Salmonella, mold, and yeast. Most people usually take off the lid, insert the jar and base into the dishwasher. Instead, you must disassemble the entire jar base and place it in the dishwasher.

2. Pillows
You probably wash your sheets regularly, but when was the last time you washed your pillows?  Common stuffers include dust mites, dead skin cells, and fungus.
If they're machine washable, wash the pillows on the gentle cycle using mild soap and hot water. You should do this every 3-6 months. It's imperative you ensure complete dryness of pillows to prevent the growth of mildew and mold.

How to Wash Different Pillows

Most pillows with this filling are washable in the machine. Ensure you confirm with the label. It's also prudent to wash two at a go to avoid an uneven load. When drying, you can include another dryer ball or tennis ball to help the pillows maintain their shape and prevent lumpiness.

You should take these pillow types to the dry-cleaners. If you must wash them at home, it's advisable you hand wash them in warm soapy water and air-dry them.

You can typically hand wash these in warm soapy water but don't place them in the dryer.
Of course, you must check every label to recognize specific instructions.

3. Dishwasher
While it sounds ironic to clean a machine that's made for that purpose, the appliance carries all forms of junk during the day and can get extremely dirty. The dishwasher could also be a source of bacteria, mildew, and mold.
Ensure you clean the rubber gasket in the soap door, main door, and the trap. When cleaning, simply pour vinegar in a dishwasher-safe cup, insert into the appliance while empty, and run a full cycle.
Thereafter, sprinkle some baking soda and run a half-cycle to deodorize it. Leave the door open for a couple of hours to permit drying. You should also consider running the kitchen appliance with a cup of white vinegar after every few weeks to decrease odor and destroy mildew.

4. Refrigerator
While the common kitchen appliance preserves your food items, it can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Ensure you clean the refrigerator frequently to avoid food poisoning. 
Spills, mold, and bacteria can place you at risk for food poisoning. Include the coils and drawers during your cleaning.

Spending at least 15 minutes every 6 months cleaning the coils could possibly eliminate malfunctions, extend its lifespan, and ensure maximum efficiency.

Tips for Cleaning the Refrigerator

5. Cutting Board
These items are a major source of cross-contamination, especially in busy kitchens. Placing foods such as vegetables on a surface or board that held raw poultry or meat can spread bacteria, making you sick.
Simply wiping these items isn't enough. Designate different boards for ready-to-eat foods and raw meats. Ensure you clean them properly in the dishwasher using hot, soapy water, and dry them well.
How confident are you in your cleaning routine? Ensure you're not harboring germs and bacteria in any of these items that you probably don't clean.

If you're struggling with mold growth, please contact us and we'll discuss the solution: (416) 414-5690
 

Did you know?

Using biocides or bleach to kill mould does not have any advantages. Dead mould is just as toxic as mould that is alive. Cleaning or removing mould without protecting the rest of the building or unaffected areas can in some cases spread the mould contamination. In some cases the mould becomes harder and more expensive to clean up. Some mould inspection companies lack the equipment or experience to properly assess you mould issue. They are cheaper...but are they worth it?

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