4. Smartphones

smartphones

The very phone you handle daily, hold to your mouth, and use to entertain your child probably contains more bacteria than your toilet seat. To thoroughly clean your smartphone, first shut it down. Then, use compressed air to blow dirt and debris from the charging port and any crevices. Use a toothpick to remove visible particles from any cracks and from the speakers, being careful not to puncture any delicate parts. Clean extra dust and debris from the screen with a lint-free cloth. Next, sanitize your phone with a cotton swab moistened with a solution of isopropyl alcohol and water, and dry it thoroughly with a cloth.

3. Toothbrush Holders

Toothbrush Holder

Those cute little holders on your bathroom counter may be holding more than just your toothbrush. Don’t forget to give toothbrush holders a thorough cleaning while you are wiping down the sink and countertops. If it’s been a while, you may need to soak the holders in hot soapy water first to loosen up hardened toothpaste. Then, use a brush or cloth to thoroughly scrub the holders with warm, soapy water. Allow them to dry out before replacing your toothbrush.

2. TV Remote Controls

Remotes

Your television remote control is another hot spot for germs. Be sure to wipe down your remote with an antibacterial wipe when you are doing the household cleaning. Alternatively, you can clean your remote with a clean cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Use a toothpick to remove any dirt or food particles from the buttons.

1. Wooden Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards, used to cut raw meat and poultry, can carry pathogens transferred by these foods. Wooden cutting boards cannot withstand the high temperatures of your dishwasher without warping and cracking. After cutting meat or veggies, be sure to wash your cutting board and scrub off food particles with hot, soapy water. Next, disinfect your cutting board by dipping a clean cloth in white vinegar and wiping down the board. Once your cutting board has been disinfected, be sure to dry it with a clean towel thoroughly.

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