5 things you should be cleaning, but probably aren’t

There are many places and items that you don’t always think to clean on a regular basis – but you really should. Here’s why.


We’ve all experienced that moment of horror when your fridge is moved for the first time in years and the dirt build-up below is exposed for all to see. Suddenly you’re thrown into a panic about where else these dust-bunnies might be hiding – under the couch cushions, behind the washing machine, under the bed?

Selvan Naicker, brand custodian for household cleaner brand Chemico says there are many places and items that people don’t necessarily think to clean on a regular basis. It’s the places you don’t necessarily see that usually need a good clean. Items that we use in our day-to-day routines are the least likely to be cleaned regularly because dirt build-up is not always noticeable.

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Here are 5 things you should be cleaning, but probably aren’t:

  1. Your phone: Be it a mobile or landline telephone, when was the last time you gave it a good wipe-down? If you look closely, you’ll see a build-up of make-up residue as well as grit and grime from regular handling
  2. The television remote: Sticky fingers from a TV dinner, regular meddling by the kids – the television remote is a breeding ground for germs.
  3. Your computer keyboard: Be it a stand-alone keyboard or part of your laptop, the particles of food and dirt that collect between the keys are substantial. Tip the keyboard upside down and shake any loose particles out. You can use a hairdryer to blow out any remaining dust.
  4. Ceiling fans: Whatever you do – don’t turn the fan on after a long winter – you’re likely to be showered in a downpour of dust! Time to get on a ladder and wipe down those blades.
  5. Bath toys: Definitely not something you’d think about, considering they reside in the bath! Bath toys are the biggest culprits of mould and need a regular dousing with bleach to keep them grime-free. Apply a small dot of transparent super glue to the hole in the bottom of a new bath toy to stop water getting in and promoting mould growth.

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