For most people, cleaning the house means putting things away, dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing the kitchen and the bathroom, wiping down the non-carpeted floors… but there are plenty of pretty dirty small things you might not think to wash.  Here are seven things that need your attention:

Trash Cans: Even if you are flawless at getting those paper towel basket balls into the garbage can hoop, trash cans get nasty, on the inside and on the outside. Next time you take the trash out and have a few extra minutes, spray the entire trash can with a disinfecting cleaner and coat the inside of the can with about a half of a cup of baking soda. Let the can sit for a few minutes so the cleaner and baking soda have time to work their magic and then wipe everything down with a wet sponge. Don’t forget to dry it before putting in that new bag – you don’t want it to get musty or moldy.

Brushes: Hairbrushes, toothbrushes, dish brushes… basically all the brushes you use need to be cleaned. For your hairbrush, remove any leftover hair and soak the brush in baby shampoo or detergent and then use a toothbrush to scrub the debris. Toothbrushes and dish brushes are cheaper to replace, but you can soak a toothbrush in mouthwash for 15 minutes to kill the germs and dish brushes are best cleaned by soaking them for at least an hour in vinegar with just a dab of dish soap.

Vents: Your house is full of vents – and chances are good they are pretty gross. Take the vacuum to your dryer vent, your registers that are connected to your HVAC and especially your air return vent. Airing moving through these vents leaves small dust particles behind and, when the dust builds up, it impacts the quality of the air in your house.

Toys: Once our kids (and our pets) aren’t babies, it’s hard to stay on top of disinfecting the toys. It’s a tough job to stay on top of keeping toys clean, but try wiping them down with a disinfecting wipe as you’re cleaning up next time. And, if you have older kids, don’t forget to add tablets and video game controllers to this list!

Door Knobs, Light Switches and Remotes: Even though these are three different kinds of items, we are putting these in one category because the problems are almost identical – we touch these every day without thinking about it and they are covered with germs. Be sure to use a disinfecting wipe on your door knobs, light switches and remotes any time you clean your house.

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