I have a love/hate relationship with spring cleaning. I dread doing the work but feel so dang good and accomplished once it's done.
A general spring cleaning rule--you're taking care of the stuff you only need to clean once a year, like your gutters or maybe your garage. But here are six things you should be cleaning a lot more often than that...
- Your microwave - You might think using it kills all the bacteria in there, but it doesn't. So ideally, you should wipe it down once a week, and deep clean it every two weeks.
- Your bathtub - also once a week. Not everyone has time for that, but here's some motivation. A recent study looked in different places for the type of bacteria that causes staph infections. Only 6% of garbage cans had it...compared to 26% of tubs.
- The inside of your fridge - once a month. Salad and meat drawers can have 750 times more bacteria than what's considered safe.
- Your computer and your desk - once a week. 70% of Americans eat lunch at their desk...but 10% admit they almost NEVER clean their computer.
- Your pillows - every three months. Most types can go right in the washer. They might break down a little bit, but they won't last forever anyway. Most pillows should be replaced every three years. Or if you have really bad allergies, every six months.
- Your mattress - every two months. Most people just flip it once a year, which you should also do. But cleaning it is pretty easy. Just sprinkle some baking soda on there...vacuum it up...and spray it with Lysol to kill any bacteria.