I Confess! When Was the Last Time You Cleaned These 18 Items in Your Home?



I confess that I have been guilty of a few of these myself! Did you know that there are 10 million bacteria per square inch of a kitchen sponge? How about the fact that your pillow is as germy as a toilet seat? Horrors!

When was the last time you cleaned –

The Remote Control

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I confess that I don’t think that I’ve EVER cleaned our remote controls. But I’ll be adding it to my monthly cleaning list. You should clean this, and game controllers once a month with rubbing alcohol and a q-tip for those hard to reach spots.

Stove Knobs

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I clean these every few days. It keeps my kitchen free of icky germs I spread from handling food. For a quick clean, simply pull off and soak in a bowl of white vinegar.


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Sometimes we forget the clean the things that clean! Clean the dishwasher  once a month. Here’s how to do it.

Light Switches

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If hands touch it, it needs cleaning – especially during cold and flu season. I clean these once a week.

Door Knobs



I think we are all guilty of this one! These should be wiped down with household cleaner or disinfecting wipes once a week.

Garbage Cans

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I confess that I don’t clean these as often as I should (yikes!!). I usually clean the inside of the indoor garbage can about once a month, but what about the outside cans? These should be cleaned once a months also. I add dish soap to the inside of the garbage can and then hose them down.




When was the last time you cleaned your comforter? The experts at Good Housekeeping suggest once a season. I usually do mine once a month.




Dust mites, pet hair and and dead skin…oh my. Gross, right? Yes, I agree. But sadly all of these things might be living in and on the place where you lay your head to sleep each night. I wash my pillow cover once a week. Wash the pillow itself every three months.

Dish Sponge

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Did you know that a dish sponge is actually 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat? If your sponges look like they are from another planet, it may be time to invest in new ones. However, if some are salvageable, you can sterilize them to good as new.

If you don’t allow your kitchen sponges time to dry, bacteria, yeasts, and mold will build up in them. This can cause a messy situation if you use the same sponges to wipe down counters, tables, and other areas of the kitchen. To avoid the passing of germs, here are some ways to sanitize and disinfect your kitchen sponge.

Drying Rack

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Anything that has water standing in it tends to be, er, stinky. Make sure you scrub down your drying rack every few days.

Top of the Ceiling Fan

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My ceiling fans get dusty quite quickly. Leaving them for too long creates a sticky, dirty mess. These should be cleaned every other month. Here are some tips for getting them clean.

Pet Toys

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I confess that I don’t clean my pet toys on a regular basis. But they often end up in their mouths, so it’s important to give them some regular tlc. Here are some great tips on how to keep them clean.

Lint Trap

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This is a super important one not only to keep your home clean but also safe! “The U.S. Fire Administration (part of FEMA) cites that there are 2900 home clothes dryer fires every year resulting in an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. And the leading cause: failure to clean them.” (cushmaninsure.com). I have personal experience of this one – my daughter’s friend’s house caught on fire that started in the dryer.

Clean this once a month or so with a round brush.

Washing Machine

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Washing machines are pretty clean since you often use hot water to clean your clothes, but they still need attention about once a month. To clean to washer, just run an empty load with with hot water and bleach.

Toothbrush Holder

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I confess that this one often used to get overlooked in my house – until I saw what was lurking in the bottom of the tooth mug – uugh! Now I run it through the dishwasher once a week.

Toilet Bowl Handle

All done!

Just think about it – people flush the toilet before they wash their hands! Use a disinfectant wipe to avoid spreading unwelcom germs.

Ice Trays

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Does your ice taste funny? Chances are it’s your ice tray and not the water. Here’s how to clean them.

Make-up Brushes

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I confess that this is something I don’t think of all that often, but if you’re not cleaning your brushes regularly, you’re brushing bacteria onto your face. Make sure you clean these once a month.



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