5 household items that need deep cleaning

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Whether you have a family or live alone, there are certain things you need to keep clean in your home or apartment. Chances are, though, you don’t clean your place regularly.

1. Handbags

There are filth and bacteria lurking in everyday items you touch daily. For example, handbags. About one-third of purses, or backpacks and messenger bags, have coliform bacteria on them, according to a study at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Research found that the bottoms of personal bags pick up filth after being set on the floor. What you should do is wipe yours down with a disinfectant spray or wipe. Don’t forget to clean out the inside of your bag as well.

2. Kitchen sink

Because your kitchen sink is usually wet and moist, it’s the perfect breeding ground for foodborne illnesses.

According to WebMD, bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, thrive on dirty dishes in the sink and drain. So make sure you scrub the sink. Use a disinfectant product made for the kitchen. Make sure you aren’t using an old sponge that’s also teeming with bacteria.    

3. Dishwasher

Even if your plates come out sparkling from your dishwasher, there’s most likely a bunch of crud and bits of food at the bottom of the machine that can include bacteria, fungi and even mold.

Take out the racks and clean the walls of the dishwasher. When you’ve thoroughly scrubbed it out, put a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container, and place it on the upper rack of the appliance. Then run the dishwasher through a hot water cycle to wash away the grimy gunk and remove foul odors.

4. Makeup brushes

Dirty makeup brushes accumulate dead skin cells, oil and bacteria. When you brush over blush or eyeshadow, it’s contaminating your makeup and then spreading all that dirty stuff to your face. 

Experts recommend that brushes be cleaned at least twice a week. Brushes used for creamy products such as foundation or lipstick need cleaning more often than dry products, like loose powder.

5. Light switches

Here’s a device that gets little attention: light switches that are often touched by dirty fingers many times a day.  

We usually hit the major spots when cleaning our homes, from windows and floors to appliances and furniture, However, you should also give switches a regular rub-down with disinfecting wipes.

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