Cleaning your home seems never-ending and now it’s been revealed there are many items you may forget about.
Cleaning expert Joyce French from Home How has listed the dirtiest household utensils which carry lots of bacteria that we forget to give a good scrub.
You will be shocked with some of the items listed, but Joyce has also shared how you can clean them easily and effectively.
These will help you do your spring clean properly!
Salt and pepper shakers
One thing in your kitchen that you may not even think about cleaning is your salt and pepper shakers. However, these can actually build-up of a significant grease, dirt and debris.
To clean your salt and pepper shakers, you first need to empty the salt and pepper into a bowl, so you can clean the shakers thoroughly.
Once emptied, you should fill a bowl with hot water and dish soap and submerge the shakers. You can then use a dishcloth to clean the inside of the salt and pepper holders.
You should use a bottle brush for stubborn stains and then rinse with water and leave to dry before pouring the salt and pepper back in.
If you use your can opener regularly, it can start to rust and may not function properly, so you should try to clean them as often as possible.
The best and easiest way to clean a can opener is by placing it into a container and filling it with warm water and vinegar, making sure the can opener is completely submerged.
This should be left for around twenty minutes to an hour. During this time, you may notice some of the dirt floating in the tub, which is a good indicator that the cleaning solution works.
After 20 to 60 minutes, you should remove the can opener and inspect it. If there are any stubborn marks, you can scrub the area with a toothbrush. Once it is completely clean, you can rinse it with clean, warm water.
Kitchen handles are one of the main culprits for germs, as you constantly touch kitchen cupboard handles while cooking, which can even transfer dangerous bacteria such as salmonella.
To ensure your kitchen is safe and bacteria-free, you should try to clean your kitchen handles on a daily basis. You can use a simple cleaning solution of white vinegar diluted with water which you can pour into a spray bottle to make the process easier.
You can also dip a cloth into the solution and wipe the inside and outside of the handles, making sure to rinse with water and dry with a clean paper towel.
You may not realise, but kitchen sinks harbour a significant amount of dirt and bacteria, so it is vital that you clean the sink daily.
To ensure you clean your sink properly without causing damage, it is important that you use cleaning products that are compatible with the sink material.
For instance, the best way to clean a stainless-steel sink is by pouring water into the sink and down the drain. For marks that won’t budge, you can use a scrubbing brush. If your sink wont drain, this can be solved by pouring a mixture of water, baking soda and vinegar down the drain.
If you have a copper sink, you should repeat the above steps but replace boiling water with warm water and dish soap.
Many kitchens feature knife blocks which are useful for storing knives of all sizes. However, they also harbour a significant amount of moisture, as often people wash the knives without drying and place them back into the knife block.
To prevent moisture damage and mould, you should try to wipe your knife block regularly. Before cleaning it, you should remove all knives and wash and dry them properly.
The knife block should be turned upside down to get rid of any crumbs, then take a pipe cleaner or toothbrush if the holes are large enough to clean out the slots. The outside can then be cleaned using warm water and dish soap, making sure to rinse it and dry it thoroughly before putting everything back.’