THE GOOD Housekeeping Institute has this week published “nine easy-to-miss cleaning spots in the home“, really? I look around my home and can quite easily pick out nine or more not-so-easy-to-miss spots that need cleaning. I don’t kid myself that I have a spotless home but it’s passable maybe on a dull day, which fortunately our climate gives as a gift.
I’m no slouch in trying to keep my home clean and tidy and sometimes at the end of the day when hubby asks what I’ve been doing, I sit there exhausted having done a million and and a half jobs and can’t remember one of them - and anyway, hoovering does not, I know, make for riveting conversation.
I now remember with fondness scraping off hardened Playdo and Rusk from every conceivable flat surface in my home when my children were young; preparing meals and bottles; and, picking up toys only for 10 minutes later to do it all again. Just getting the washing done was quite a feat.
Now my children are all grown up so my house should be spotless, but hands up it’s not. The only time I will make a stab at Good Housekeeping cleanliness is when I have family to visit and even then the dust police would probably have a case against me.
Reading the findings of the easy-to-miss spots in the home I started with optimism that maybe I had it covered, how wrong could I be?
The keyboard on the computer, the magazine helpfully points out, has on average 400 times more bacteria than your toilet seat and suggests once a week sitting with a cotton bud and cleaning it. All I can say is my husband sits using his computer from dawn till dusk and has never succumbed to a bacterial attack - and is in fact the healthiest person I know. The thought of wrestling his keypad from him for a weekly clean would be easier than winning the lottery.
Your washing machine is apparently a perfect breeding ground for bacteria especially if you wash your clothes on economy low temperature washes . The seal round the door needs a weekly scrub as does the detergent drawer - note to self; going for a boil wash on everything from now on so that takes care of that.
Fragments of food in your fridge drawer can cause a problem too, and I must admit I do clean this - though not as regularly as is recommended, but usually when the cucumber that makes its way to the bottom of the drawer turns to green slime. Things are looking up - one out of three so far.
I’m not going to make two as I read that you should wipe or hoover your lampshades once a week as they are a magnet for dust. Here’s me thinking that the dull lighting in the lounge was romantically perfect - but it’s actually my dust covered lampshades.
Next is sports bags, excellent I think, as I don’t play any sport and neither does my husband. Now having felt guilty for years for our lethargy I’m glad we don’t, as it saves me sprinkling baking soda and washing the bags regularly. I’m not sure that counts as two - but I’m taking it anyway.
Next is washing the end of your brush or broom once a week with warm soapy water. I rarely use a brush but peering at my sturdy old hoover it maybe could do with a wipe . Ever tried actually hoovering your hoover? Difficult, but it can be achieved.
The remote control for the Telly is next, if you can find it, and again it’s a cotton bud job or a bacterial wipe. This I should do, I know, but once a week? Just finding it takes up valuable cleaning time!
Gaps between appliances and your worktops are the next breeding ground and they recommend hoovering to get any food crumbs that have fallen through. Now this is a definite three for me as I have a silly kitchen table with large wooden slats that after you’ve eaten even a piece of toast it looks like you’ve just stuffed it all between the gaps.
Lastly it’s the canvas bags now used for shopping! Apparently bacteria is alive and well when you fill your bags with the weekly shop. I find this hard to believe as my bucket is half full with all the packaging round most of the groceries I buy. Your bags should be washed through after you’ve done your shop when in reality by the time you’ve shopped and put it all away the only thing I’m going to clean out is my gin and tonic glass.
So I have scored a dubious three out of nine here and Kim and Aggie would be appalled no doubt. I just don’t have time to be this fastidious but will consider buying, in my bacteria-laden canvas bag, a very large pack of rubber gloves - which I think is a perfect solution.