The Science Behind House Cleaning

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Ever wondered how often you should scrub the bathtub, clean inside the fridge or wipe out the microwave?  Scientists are wondering too. A recent article by Sophie Miura, published by Domaine (TNS), cites scientific research that suggests we should probably do it more often than we think.

If you are cleaning the toilet more often than the tub, consider this: The typical bathtub harbors more skin-infection bacteria than a garbage can. Like the toilet, it should be cleaned at least once a week.

The salad drawers in your fridge can contain 750 times the safe level of bacteria, so clean them out monthly. Splatters in the microwave are ripe for bacterial growth as well. The article recommends wiping down the microwave once a week, and doing a deeper clean monthly.

Kitchen countertops are dirtiest around the sink. Wipe the surface every day. Change sponges and washcloths weekly.

And if you are reading this while eating at your desk, know that one study found “keyboards harbor five times the bacteria found on a toilet seat” and “10% of people never clean them.”  The article recommends a disinfectant spray once a week for the keyboard and mouse. Use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to get between the keys.

Consider having your home professionally cleaned periodically. A professional cleaning service such as Clean and Simple can offer you peace of mind as well as free up your time. You can book one-time cleanings with us or we can quote you a flat rate for regular service weekly, biweekly or every 3 weeks.

So put down that dirty sponge and call or email us to make an appointment for your free in-home estimate.

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