From Dr. Mercola:
By Dr. Mercola
On an average day, 49 percent of US women and 20 percent of US men devote some time to housework, be it doing dishes, vacuuming or mopping floors, dusting, or simply tidying up.1
You probably wipe down your kitchen counters, clean your toilets, and sweep your floors on a regular basis… but there are many household items that are often overlooked.
Some of those may need cleaning most of all, yet tend to be neglected. Today shared several of these household items that need to be cleaned more often than you might think.2
5 Household Items You Probably Haven’t Cleaned Recently… But Should
1. Your Coffee Pot
Oily buildup in your coffee pot can make your cup of joe taste bitter. Wash the carafe daily with soap and water. If it’s stained, add ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar, let it soak for 20 minutes, then wash it out.
As for the reservoir on your coffee machine, research shows about half of coffee makers have yeast and mold growing in them, while one in 10 hosted coliform bacteria.3
A simple way to disinfect it while also removing mineral buildup? Fill the water chamber with half vinegar/half water, then “brew” a pot halfway.
Turn the pot off and let it sit for 30 minutes before finishing the brew. Run a clear water mixture through next (do this step twice) and you’ll have a clean coffee pot ready to brew delicious coffee.
You probably wipe down the outside of your dishwasher, but when’s the last time you’ve cleaned the inside? About once very six months, take out the bottom drawer and remove any debris that’s collected.
Food, grease, and soap scum often collect in the bottom near the drain, which can make your dishwasher less efficient and contribute to odors.
After you’ve removed any debris, place a cup of vinegar in the dishwasher on the top rack, then run it through a hot water cycle. When that’s done, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom, let it sit overnight, and then run it through a hot cycle again. A clean, odor-free dishwasher will result.
3. Refrigerator Coils
Dirt and dust can easily clog your refrigerator’s coils, which makes your refrigerator work a lot harder than it should. It’s estimated that spending 15 minutes to clean the coils once every six months could eliminate 70 percent of refrigerator malfunctions while extending your refrigerator’s lifespan and efficiency.4
To clean the coils, first unplug your fridge. Next, use a vacuum with a small brush attachment to remove any dust and debris.
You vacuum your floors and maybe even your upholstered furniture, but when’s the last time you’ve vacuumed your mattress? Once every four months (or once a season), use your vacuum to remove crumbs, dead skin, and dust from your mattress.
You can also sprinkle it with baking soda, let it sit for an hour, then vacuum it up for extra deodorizing.