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Clean By Room

The Room-by-Room Guide to Deep Cleaning Your Home

You can’t kill every germ in your home, but the occasional deep cleaning and disinfecting can go a long way to eliminating germ hotspots.

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Even the tidiest of homes can house unwanted germs, sometimes in the places you’d least expect. While deep cleaning might sound like a big chore, we’ll break it down room by room — from your couch to the kitchen counter, and bedsheets to bathroom trash cans — so that you can tackle your deep clean efficiently and effectively.

 

The Kitchen

 

The kitchen might be the heart of the home, but it also contains more germs than any other room. For example, the kitchen sink can carry up to 100,000 times the number of germs as the bathroom.1 So, what areas should we focus on when deep cleaning our kitchen?

 

  • Use Lysol® All-purpose Cleaner or Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes to help clean the sink and surrounding surfaces. When used as directed, both products kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
  • The fridge needs to be deep cleaned at least once a month. Wipe down the shelves using a disinfectant cleaner. This is a good time to throw away any food that has gone bad.
  • The trash can is an obvious hotbed for nasty germs and odor-causing bacteria. Disinfect your trash can with Lysol® Disinfectant Spray each time you take the garbage out.
  • As well as using separate chopping boards for raw and cooked foods, you should always disinfect non-porous food prep surfaces with a clean cloth and wash with water after using a disinfectant product.*

 

*Clean all food contact surfaces with potable water after use

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The Bathroom

Warm and damp conditions are an ideal environment for germs to breed. Consider these tips for keeping your bathroom hygienically clean and safe for your family.

 

  • Kill germs on high touch surfaces — toilet flush, taps, bathroom doors, trash cans — with a quick wipe from a Lysol® Dual Action Disinfecting Wipe
  • Showers, bathtubs and counters should be scrubbed clean with a disinfectant cleaner.
  • Bathmats and towels are breeding grounds for bacteria. Hang your towels up to dry when you’re done using them and wash them once a week with Lysol® Laundry Sanitizer to kill off any bacteria that detergent can leave behind.

 

The Living Room

The Living Room isn’t the germiest hotspot but light switches., TV remotes, and other electronics you have laying around can pick up germs. Plus, dust and allergens can build up over time, especially if you have pets. When deep cleaning your living room include:

 

  • Vacuum carpets at least once a week, as these can hide a lot of dust.
  • Wood or hard floors should be cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner.*
  • Soft furnishings and upholstery are hotspots for bacteria and dust mites. Use Lysol® Disinfectant Spray  to attack bacteria on couches and pillows.*
  • Use a detachable, machine-washable cover and add Lysol® Laundry Sanitizer to your wash to get rid of any bacteria detergents can leave behind.
  • Use Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes to wipe down high touch surfaces like switches, TV remotes, and game controllers.

 

*Use as directed

 

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The Bedroom

Soft furnishings mean that your bedroom can host lots of bacteria as well as being a haven for dust and allergens, so take note of the following:

 

  • Wash your bed linen regularly with Lysol® Disinfectant Spray to kill 99.9% of bacteria along with extra protection against dust, allergens and dirt. For extra protection, add Lysol® Laundry Sanitizer to your wash.
  • Keep the bedroom a pet-free zone to help prevent the build-up of dander and pet hair which can aggravate allergies.
  • Wipe any hard surfaces such as shelves and window sills with Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes.
  • For children’s bedrooms try to choose machine-washable soft toys to clean them more easily.*

 

*Wash toys with potable water after use

 

Wasn’t that fun?

We get that it was a bit of work, but the truth is, a deep clean doesn’t need to happen every day, but you should try to make it a monthly thing. There are places that could be housing unwanted germs you may not have thought of before. Give yourself a little peace of mind knowing you’ve taken a big step to protect your loved ones from germs and illness.

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