7 Things You Are Forgetting to Clean!
Very few people love cleaning their homes instead of hiking, trying a new coffee shop, and spending time with their family and beloved pets. Cleaning is a part of life; just like real life, there are hidden places we miss because we don’t think about them. Here at Carpe Diem Cleaning, not only do we scour your bathrooms and sinks, but we also search the internet, research articles, and share cleaning tips on our Instagram page, and if we are really fortunate, we find hard-working and responsive teams to help you clean your home. We take some things off your to-do list, so you can do what you love and want to do.
Here in Durham, North Carolina, we have hidden treasures, interesting places hiding in plain sight, a rich history, and great people. We love hunting for things, well, not all things. Germs, bacteria, microorganisms, and all manner of yuck we don’t want to encounter, so we have created a list of the hidden places you may want to clean.
Our locally owned and operated house cleaning company will take care of dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing sinks, tubs, toilets, and counters, and we will even take out the garbage and put fresh linen on your bed! Hiring a local house cleaning company is easy, and teams of women who are bonded, insured, and trained to clean your house from top to bottom arrive in your home. Hiring a local company supports the people and economy, and here in Durham, North Carolina, we are all about supporting local businesses!
These things are not in order, so sift through the list and grab some anti-bacterial wipes because you will want them close by so you can take action immediately. These things are easy to clean and take hardly any time at all. The effort is low, and the impact is high.
If you are like us at Carpe Diem Cleaning, you can use eco-friendly cleaners to reduce the environmental impact:
- Clean the Bottom of Your Purse:
Think about the number of places you take your purse and where it sits while you are in the bathroom, sitting at a restaurant, in your car, and on all manner of floors. Where you go, your purse goes, which could mean illness and transmission of germs, bacteria, and viruses. Microbiologist Chuck Gerba is a researcher that finds where organisms are lurking, and in this article, he highlights the dangerous numbers and types of germs that live on the bottom of your purse. It is important to note that although you don’t lick the bottom of your purse, the germs are transferred to wherever it sits. Suppose that it is near a food preparation area. Then you have brought them into your cooking and baking! Yikes!
Take an anti-bacterial wipe each and every day and gently wipe down the bottom of your purse.
- Clean Your Yoga Mat: Think about the benefits of exercise, and yoga comes to mind. Carpe Diem Cleaning exists so that you can do the things you love and our clients overwhelmingly love to work out either at home or at a local gym. Part of our efforts in the Covid world is to minimize the transfer of germs, so many people take their yoga mats to class. Clean your yoga mat with this eco-friendly cleaning spray each and every time you use it. Mix distilled white vinegar or witch hazel with water at a 1:4 ratio in a spray bottle. Add your favorite essential oil. Spray down your mat, allow spray to sit for 1-2 minutes, and wipe off or air dry.
- Clean your Mattress: Ahhhh, sleep and rest are two of the most wonderful words. Who doesn’t like falling into bed at the end of the day? Did you know that nearly 52 percent of baby boomers changed their sheets every week?! Only 26 percent of their millennial counterparts changed their sheets every week. Read about the other interesting cleaning habits and who is winning the battle of the cleaner generation. What most people miss in cleaning their bedrooms is the importance of cleaning their mattresses. This is where dust mites, bacteria from sweating at night, and the other gross things from your day.
You will need: Baking soda, your favorite essential oil, and a vacuum cleaner with an attachment for flat surfacesRemove bedding and throw it in the wash. Open the box of baking soda, and add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. (At Carpe Diem Cleaning, we love lavender and citrus scents) Close the box and give it a good shake to distribute the oil and break up any clumps. Sprinkle the baking soda all over the mattress. Use the entire box and let it sit for at least an hour. Vacuum up the baking soda with the attachment, and you are ready for a peaceful slumber.
- Clean Your Oven Mitts: You need to breed bacteria in three things: darkness, moisture, and time. If you think about one of the less obvious places you encounter those things is in your oven mitts. Most people don’t think about taking care of them; even though we wash our hands all the time, we place them in dirty mitts. Can we get an “Ewww”? When was the last time you tossed your oven mitts and pot holders in the laundry? Run and do this now!!
- Clean Your Reusable Grocery Bags:
Did you know that reusable grocery bags are one of the best ways to care for the environment? The amount of plastic grocery bags that clog, pollute and harm the world around us is staggering. The solution is reusable grocery bags; these eco-friendly helpers save tons of space in the landfill. However, suppose you do not launder them each time you put meat, vegetables, and food items. In that case, you carry food-borne bacteria transmitted to other groceries, your kitchen countertops, and your fridge. Many large metropolitan cities have eliminated the use of plastic bags, and this will have a huge impact on stewarding the earth.
Now we have to do our part and put the bags in the laundry; most of them can be thrown in the dryer.
- Clean Your Make-Up Brushes:
What lurks on your make-up brushes would make you cringe. These helpful tools make us look better and harbor bacteria; we always use them and don’t mind cleaning them.Here are the easy and fast steps to clean and sanitize them: Run the bristles under lukewarm water. Pour some baby shampoo or liquid soap into the water. Dip the bottom half of the brush in the soapy water and swirl. Rinse, pat the brushes dry and reshape and allow them to air dry.
- Clean Your Work Station Each Day!:As we sit at our computers, use our phones, touch our mouse/keypad, listen on a headset and sip our coffee, we encounter hundreds of viruses and all kinds of bacteria. Our work is essential, and taking care of ourselves should be as important. In as little as one minute, you can wipe down all the surfaces you use so closely daily. You can use an anti-bacterial wipe, an alcohol wipe, or a cleaning spray that you have sprayed on a paper towel or microfiber cloth. If you are wondering about the best cleaning cloth for any task, check out our blog post and see who the clear winner is in the battle of cleaning cloths!
You can move all of your cleanings forward in as little as 10 minutes a day and wow your friends at trivia night. Next time someone asks you, “what’s new?” You can tell them that you have started laundering your oven mitts and reusable grocery bags, and they will be amazed. What would be more impressive is if you were to tell them that you are supporting a local women-owned and operated house cleaning service and you have more time in your schedule! Carpe Diem! Seize a Clean Day!!