How Often You Should Be Cleaning Items in Your Household

Although we clean several household items routinely, it may not be enough to ensure that they are entirely free from bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Studies have shown that the increased use of mobile phones has also contributed to the spread of germs that can harm our health and well-being. Having to bring out those hand gloves, washing fluid, and other cleaning equipment every few days would do you a lot of good. 

If you were able to observe your everyday items under a microscope, you would realize that you are doing yourself an excellent service by maintaining proper hygiene. This does not exclude those that are water-resistant or appear clean and dry. Since washing is considered as a very boring activity, the fact that it helps to eliminate germs that lead to a suppressed immune system makes an important task.

You have probably been left wondering how best to keep most of these items clean because they are engaged in everyday use.

Here are twelve (12) everyday items that should be kept germ-free.

#1 Bathroom Towels

We often use these towels to dry our bodies after having a bath, which is why most people do not feel the need to wash them as often as they should. The fact that dead skin cells collect on the towel while you use it to wipe your body makes it a breeding ground for microbes. It becomes damp and warm, which supports the growth of molds and bacteria that causes it to give off that unpleasant musty smell.

Experts suggest that washing bathroom towels at high temperatures after three or four uses are the best way to keep it clean and free of allergens and germs that could cause skin irritation or other allergic reactions. 

#2 Hand Towels

Drying our hands using these towels, leave it moist and teeming with a multitude of germs that can cause untold harm to users. Because you handle a lot of nasty stuff with your hands, washing it properly will ensure that you do not spread germs that may result in illness.

Most people are in a rush when washing their hands and do not entirely get rid of the dirt, thus depositing it on the towel. To ensure that you do not spread bacteria with your hand towel, swapping with a clean one after two uses are recommended.

#3 Stuffed Toys

Soft toys are another item that is handled by kids, especially those that take it with them wherever they go. These toys can be kept clean to eliminate disease-causing bacteria as well as bugs that may have infested them by washing at least once a week. Check the label on these soft toys for washing guidelines to ensure that you do not ruin them.

#4 Reusable shopping bags

These bags are often used for grocery shopping, and we often do not see the need to wash them when there are no visible spills on them. Carrying raw meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables in them mean that it will contain a host of germs, including harmful bacteria.

You should consider washing your canvas and tote bags after two uses, to ensure that you do not contaminate your next grocery supplies.

#5 Dishcloths

Dishcloths are often used a lot and tend to stay damp almost every time, making it the perfect breeding ground for germs. They quickly become moldy and contain E. coli that can cause diarrhea and vomiting in humans. You should consider replacing them every week to ensure that you and your household remain healthy. 

#6 Slippers

We often do not feel the need to get a new pair of slippers if the old one is still comfortable without looking worn-out. Our feet may become prone to fungal infections when we are not careful about where we place them. Washing your slippers after a few days does not cut it as they should be replaced after every six months as they are usually worn to every part of the house.

#7 Bedsheets

The fact that we spend a good fraction of our day sleeping means that bedsheets which are in direct contact with our bodies get contaminated easily from collecting body oils, dead skin cells, and sweat. There is also saliva from individuals that drool, as well as sexual fluids that are spilled during sexual activities which make it possible for the fabric to harbor germs.

When unwashed for a long time, these bedsheets can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies in several people. It is recommended that you wash them once every week to get rid of all dirt and keep it germ-free. They should be sun-dried to kill bacteria and ensure that they smell fresh. 

#8 Pillows

Most people do not see the need to wash pillows, especially those that do not drool. It is worthy of note that they also contain dust mites that feed off dead skin cells and drop fecal matter that can trigger acne outbreaks. Washing at high temperatures every three months will kill most microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi.

#9 Mattress

Mattresses are very bulky and often difficult to move around. Their design helps to minimize dirt from spills and dust mites as the use of waterproof covers with hypoallergenic and antimicrobial properties has become common. Regardless of the kind of materials used in the construction of your mattress, it is advised that you steam it every six months to kill microbes and germs that can cause infections.

#10 Phones

With the advent of mobile phones, we tend to use them everywhere, including the toilet. They also fall to the ground a couple of times during use, after which we pick them up with germs from the floor. Since they are electronic devices often leave us wondering how to keep them clean as several studies have shown that they house several types of bacteria which multiply every second.

Cleaning your phone with antibacterial wipes daily will reduce the number of germs that are swarming on its surface. 

#11 Jeans

Several people wash their clothes immediately they see a visible stain on it to ensure that they always look clean and smart. It is different for jeans if you want the fibers to remain in excellent condition for a long time. Your denim can be spot cleaned to remove spills, allowing you to wear them several times before washing. Although you can wash at low temperatures after wearing five times to reduce germs, not washing them for as long as six months would not cause any harm. Air-drying them routinely will ensure that they do not smell.

#12 Washing Machine

The fact that we do our laundry with washing machines does not mean that they do not need cleaning too. Depending on the frequency of use, endeavor to clean the washing machine drum, detergent drawer, and other visible parts once or twice a month to eliminate limescale, mold spores, and other dangerous bacteria.


For a happy and healthy life, a good number of your everyday items should be washed or replaced to ensure that you do not turn your immediate environment to a breeding ground for disease-causing germs.