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Let me confess something:
- I don’t change our bedsheets every weekend.
- I regularly neglect Refrigerator Duty
- I down-right HATE Window Wednesdays.
My home isn’t filthy, I regularly disinfect and dust. (You know, the “standard cleaning” kind of tasks.) It’s just not Mary Poppins Approved kind of clean.
I often feel guilty about those “other” cleaning tasks that I struggle to check off. Those Grime Grovels hidden in the corners where dust bunnies have colonized and bacteria propagates like it’s at a microscopic music festival.
My never-ending struggle is that deep cleaning takes time...and right now Time and I aren’t exactly on speaking terms. That’s when I had a White Knight idea: I can make someone else do it.
Care.com is a service that will connect you with someone who will help you tackle some of the worst dirt offenders in your home.
Offenders like these:
#1: Ceiling Fans
Really, these should be called “Dust Mite Carousels,” because that’s exactly what they are. Dust accumulates in layers and then settles down during the winter (when you’re less likely to turn it on).
When the weather warms up you flip on the first switch of the season and… particles go flying everywhere. It’s ba-nasty. Either grab a sturdy step-ladder and a dust rag or make sure your new helper has it on the list, for every room.
#2: Coffee Maker
Everyone knows that water + warmth = bacteria babies. So it shouldn’t be surprising that your coffee maker needs a good cleaning every now and then. (Yes, even your Keurig.)
For a traditional coffee maker, pour 4 cups of vinegar in the “tank” and let it stand for 30 minutes, before running a cycle. Then run 3 more cycles of water to get rid of the vinegar smell.
#3: Toothbrush Holder
Ready for a gross not-so-fun fact? A study by the NSF (a nonprofit that develops public health standards) found that a sister-strain of e. coli was found on toothbrush holders, suggesting that fecal matter could be contaminated items we use for oral care.
Bamboo or wooden toothbrush holders are particularly bad, because they’re hard to disinfect. Purchase ceramic, stainless steel, plastic, or other dishwasher-safe holders, and stick them in the dishwasher once or twice a week.
#4: Bathtub & Shower
The NSF also found that 26% of bathtubs and showers harbored a bacteria called Mr. Staphylococci which is a mobster connected with everything from skin lesions to urinary tract infections. (Not a cool dude.)
That’s 26% of normal bathtubs. If you have a a whirlpool bath, that number goes to 43%, according to Texas A&M University microbiologist Rita Moyes. Almost all showed bacteria from fecal matter. Yay!
When’s the last time you really scrubbed out and disinfected your tub and shower? *awkward feet shuffling*
Yep. I know what you mean. Hand that guilt straight over to your magical new cleaning fairy.
#5: The Kitchen Sink
NSF also found that kitchen sinks are 100,000 times more contaminated with Bacteria Bob’s giant family than bathroom sinks.
It needs a regular cleaning – and doing the dishes isn’t going to cut it. Here’s a how-to video on how to give it a good scrubbing. (Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards!)
#6: The Kitchen Counters
Another recent study found that 32% of kitchen countertops harbored coliform bacteria and 18% hosted to mold colonies. Yikes.
Grab your favorite disinfectant-of-choice, remove everything from the countertop, (yes, I mean every. stinkin. item) and wash down the counters every night as part of your kitchen cleaning routine.
#7: The Stove
Stoves seem to be a magnet for tiny specs of food and crumbs. I’ve been known to break out a toothpick and scrape around pretty much every little nook and cranny trying to get it clean.
Also, since you often touch the knobs when your hands are contaminated with food, and they’re harder to wipe clean like the flat surfaces of the fridge, they can go untouched for months, or even years.
Your stove’s manual will let you know if those knobs are dishwasher safe. If not, soak in soapy water, wash, rinse, and let air dry while you wipe down all the other surfaces of the stove.
Can You Find the Theme Here?
Four of our seven Dirty Spots of Doom are located in the kitchen. Yep, the kitchen has been verified as the “germiest” place in your home.
Yuck. Think about it. That’s the room you prepare your family’s food in! *shudder*
Either make deep kitchen cleaning a regular part of your to-do list, or hire a new favorite person to come once or twice a month and get the kitchen deeply disinfected and transformed into a healthy place again.
Your New Cleaning Best Friend
Friend, really, I implore you, don’t take on the task of deep-cleaning your home by yourself. Your plate is heaped so high right now with obligations and duties, it’s bending.
Sure, you can squeeze in the standard 15-minute room pickup, and the occasional vacuum run, but WHEN in the world are you going to get to dusting the ceiling fan, or scrubbing down the fridge?
Ain’t nobody got time for dat.
You need a new best friend to carry the load and help keep your family healthy.
- It’s less expensive than you think. You aren’t asking for a daily cleaning lady, after all. Just a few hours, once a month, can make a HUGE difference.
- You can pay online directly, you don’t have to use cash or write checks.
- You can run background checks to make sure this person is certified & trustworthy.
- You can read reviews and see what others thought of their services.
- You can see their availability right away. No waiting for months, hire someone for tomorrow.
- You can post your job and have potentials bid on your job. Let them come to you.
This process is so much easier than calling your Great Aunt Edna and getting a referral, only to realize when she arrives that she’s in her seventies, smells like urine, and doesn’t go up stairs.
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The Two Best Feelings in the World
The best feeling I’ve ever had was just after the birth of my three kids. I’d lay there, exhausted, but feeling like I had just accomplished something special. I had brought a little unique person into the world. No one else could bring Lauren, Elena, or Isabella into the world. Just me.
The 2nd best feeling in the world I’ve ever experienced was leaving the house with the girls for a playdate and then walking in to find my kitchen, bathrooms, and floors had been magically disinfected by a cleaning fairy while I was away.
I’m betting most of you have felt that first best feeling in the world. I’d really love for you to experience the second.
Why not treat yourself, or declare this an early Mother’s Day gift, and hire a cleaning lady like Sanity Saver Sally.
Nothing boosts a mom’s confidence like feeling like she’s provided a safe clean home for her family.
Use the 20% off 30SAVESM coupon and give it a try. This is your chance to skip scrubbing the tub!
Then tell me below how it went!
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Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at MightyMoms.club and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007. She’s a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, has been a featured parenting expert writer on blogs like DaveRamsey.com, SimpleKids.net, Cafe Mom, and others. If it’s 2am and you’re desperate to read SOMETHING, check out her deepest darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn’t be allowed to blog.