The new year always inspires me to think about getting
the house in order. The long flu season can be another reason to take
additional steps to keep your apartment clean and germ free.
mattress pads. Pillows and mattresses collect dust and germs, and it’s
important to wash them the same way you wash your bedding. At least twice a
year, vacuum your mattress and throw the mattress pad in a hot-water wash. Same
for your pillows and comforters. If you have a small washer/dryer, your local
drycleaner or wash center can help you.
Clean your phone,
keyboard. Every germ on your hands or face gets transferred to these
surfaces. Take the time to wipe down your computer keyboard, phone and
touchscreens daily with the right kind of cleaning solution.
Clean the oven.
Clean the oven and oven racks twice a year to avoid the smell of burned food.
Oven cleaners available at the store do a great job of cleaning up stubborn
food drips. If you have a self-cleaning oven, read the user’s manual carefully.
carpets. In addition to regular vacuuming, you need to deep clean your rugs
and carpets at least yearly. Rent a steamer to clean your carpets and maybe
your fabric furniture, too. You can always hire a professional company, and
they can spot clean if you need it.
dishwasher. Open up your dishwasher and smell. It’s an environment that is
hot and wet, where fungi and black yeast can grow. Every month, run your empty
dishwasher on its hottest setting with a full cup of apple cider vinegar