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How often clean? 15 places in the house that are often forgotten

2024-02-23T12:42:42.475Z

Highlights: How often clean? 15 places in the house that are often forgotten. Kitchen cupboards should be wiped every three months. The toilet needs to be cleaned every few days, the rest of the bathroom about once a week. Bed linen is not a traditional ‘cleaning item,’ but should still be washed and changed once a month. The oven, on the other hand, is worse if it is not cleaned regularly. Bacteria and mold, which are unhealthy, can settle in deposits and food crusts.



As of: February 23, 2024, 1:30 p.m

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Shelves, cupboards and door handles: This is how often you should clean these common areas in the household that are often overlooked.

1 / 15More microbes and bacteria are deposited on kitchen surfaces than most people realize - more than anywhere else in the house.

This can be unhealthy, especially because food is prepared there.

In addition, layers of fat and food residue can remain from cooking and baking.

Therefore, work surfaces should be wiped down once a day.

If you do it regularly, a sponge with lukewarm water and a little dishwashing liquid is usually sufficient.

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2 / 15Depending on how many people live in the household, the sink with the dishes is also part of the daily cleaning areas.

If you wash plates, cups, etc. every day, a mountain of dishes never piles up and cleaning is easier because no food residue dries on.

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3 / 15On average, almost 3,000 bacteria live in a toilet.

The quiet place is a cleaning area that you should visit regularly.

It is best to clean the toilet every three days to ensure an appropriate standard of hygiene.

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4 / 15The same applies to waste: it's better to do it more often than too rarely.

Depending on the size of the household, the trash cans in the house should be emptied every few days.

Ideally, organic waste in particular should not stay in the house for longer than three days, but should be regularly taken outside into the bin or compost.

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5 / 15A cleaning area that is often overlooked: the door handles.

Although bacteria cannot multiply there very well, they can survive for a fairly long time.

That's why you should wipe doorknobs every three days to prevent the spread of bacteria.

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6 / 15Vacuuming and mopping are annoying household chores that should be done at least weekly.

This includes sweeping or vacuuming to remove house dust and other dirt.

And depending on the condition of the floors, you should also get the mop out once a week.

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7 / 15The toilet needs to be cleaned every few days, the rest of the bathroom about once a week.

This also includes the mirror, the shower and the drain, all shelves and the floor.

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8 / 15Bed linen is not a traditional “cleaning item,” but should still be washed and changed once a month.

Over time, bacteria and mites settle in the fibers, which can be killed again at a washing temperature of 60 degrees or more.

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9 / 15If you have carpets in your apartment, you should knock them out once a month to remove dirt, crumbs, lint and other residue from everyday life.

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10 / 15Cleaning the windows is one of the more complex household tasks, which is why you probably don't like doing it.

But you should still get up to it every three months.

It doesn't hurt the windows if they are dirty, and no tenant can be told how often they have to clean them.

However, dirty windows are not particularly nice to look at, especially in sunlight.

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11 / 15The oven, on the other hand, is worse if it is not cleaned regularly.

Bacteria and mold, which are unhealthy, can settle in deposits and food crusts.

That's why you should clean the oven every three months.

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12 / 15The same applies to the washing machine, which should also be cleaned every three months - especially the lint filter.

If this doesn't happen, lint and deposits can get into the pipes, blocking them and preventing the water from draining properly.

This can lead to mold in the machine and smelly clothes.

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13 / 15When cleaning, we often forget about the cupboards - especially those that have a closed door.

However, you still have to clean it regularly.

Kitchen cupboards should be wiped every three months to prevent a layer of grease from cooking from building up there.

You should clean the inside of wardrobes once a year.

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14 / 15The same applies to the refrigerator and freezer.

This should also be cleared out and cleaned from the inside at least once a year.

It can also be defrosted straight away.

If you don't do this, a layer of ice will form, which can prevent the device from cooling properly or increase power consumption.

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15 / 15Often forgotten: Curtains and drapes are also pieces of furniture in which dirt can accumulate.

That's why you should take them off the rack and clean them regularly.

Depending on the household, it is usually enough if this is done once a year.

Of course, this also happens more often with smokers or when children and animals dirty them.

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