Dirty Sponges

On this planet, things get pretty dirty, pretty fast. Dust collects, microbes are everywhere, and, fast fact, most people’s smartphones have traces of fecal matter on them. Yes, you’ve been texting in the bathroom, and your iPhone is covered in poo.

Dirty sponges

No, the solution isn’t to douse everything in isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. It isn’t even to Lysol all the things. The simple solution is to regularly clean your things. Regularly. Clean. My. Things. Yes, we see you hyperventilating. Especially those readers who do not have household helpers to give them a hand with chores.

The trick is to schedule your cleaning at regular intervals. Now we see you breathe a sigh of relief. Good! We can focus on the task at hand! Or rather, focus on considering and strategizing about the task YOU have at hand.

Before we go on, let us warn you that:

  1. This isn’t a comprehensive list of all the things you need to clean.
  2. We just chose 3 items, not randomly, but by observation.
  3. Sometime in the future, we may do a bit of research, and give you items to consider cleaning at sensible intervals, based on what other people recommend.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s proceed with your clean-at-regular-intervals list.

Clean your electric fan at least twice a month.

Have you ever slept over at a friend’s house, only to notice how much dust their electric fans have? And you have had bouts of asthma and dust allergies as a child? Yes, we know exactly how you feel. So, in order to never be that friend with all that crud on their electric fans, clean your own e-Fan!

Never forget the following:

  • Don’t forget to wipe the back grills of the fan.
  • Always check the blades and the grills for encrusted dust. Clean with a moist cloth. If it’s too encrusted, add a bit of dishwashing soap to your rag, then wipe thrice with another cloth dampened with just water.

Clean and replace your dishwashing sponge regularly.

It’s alarming when you read that your friendly neighborhood kitchen sponge houses 10 million bacteria per square inch of your sponge, and is 200,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. Phew. How dirty. How absolutely filthy. Another sweet tidbit: Some strains of those 10 million bacteria may actually cause paralysis. So how do you deal with these factoids?

  • Clean your dishwashing sponge daily, according to HomeFoodSafety.org.
  • Clean your dishwashing sponge weekly, according to Good Housekeeping.
  • Microwave, toss it in the dishwasher, soak it in vinegar or bleach, according to WikiHow.
  • Replace your sponge regularly: Some recommend replacing it as soon as it smells in any form, while some recommend replacing it every two weeks. We believe it’s safe to replace it monthly, as long as you disinfect it weekly and keep it dry daily.

Remember that in your sponge’s cleanliness levels can determine the robustness of your family’s health and overall well-being, so don’t take a dirty sponge lightly! And in terms of the cleanliness of the rest of your kitchen, this WebMD article may be a great guide.

Clean your laptop weekly.

We’ve seen those beautiful red laptops or even sleek, shiny, aluminum Macbooks owned by ladies with very smudged screens and lids, dusty keyboards, and absolutely cruddy cracks and crevices. Don’t be one of those ladies. Heck, don’t be one of those men.

  • You can buy a CDR-King basic computer cleaning kit for Php 20.

    You may choose from a kit that includes this firm, stiff brush. Or this kit with this softer, wider brush.

  • Once a week, turn off your computer, and do the following:

    • Spritz the CDR-King cleaning solution onto your LCD screen. Wipe with the cloth that comes with the kit. It is specially designed not to scratch delicate surfaces.
    • Spritz the solution onto the cloth, and wipe down your keyboard, and the laptop’s surfaces.
    • Spritz the cleaning solution on the laptop’s lid, and wipe down the solution from the lid.
    • Spritz the cleaning solution on the cloth, and wipe the laptop’s bottom.
    • Get cotton buds or Q-tips, spritz the cotton tips with the solution and wipe in between keys and on cracks and crannies that look encrusted with dust. Alternatively, you may get a bottle cap or anything that can serve as a little tub for the solution, pour out or spritz a bit of the solution there, dip the Q-tip in there, and clean the crevices accordingly.
    • Use the brush to get in between the keyboard’s beds and sweep out the dust that the Q-tips can’t clean away.
    • Wipe again with the solution-damp cloth.

    Voila, your laptop is shiny and clean once more!

It’s amazing how unaware we generally are with how gross our habits already are. While we don’t really judge our friends when we notice these traits above their home (however, we totally judged our moms for keeping totally ratty sponges and never zapping them in the microwave or soaking them in vinegar or bleach), we’d rather keep these items squeaky-clean, hygienic, and sanitary, thank you very much. We’d rather be healthy and in tip-top shape than sorry.

We hope this list gave you a great idea on what to work on cleaning, and we hope it leads you to others you should be scrubbing at, stat!

Next time, we give you a list of must-clean things based on what the Internet has to say.

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