Cleaning & Organization

7 Things You Should Be Cleaning Every Single Day

If you're not sure what needs your daily attention, we've got you covered.

If you’re not a big fan of cleaning (because who is, really?), you likely spend the end of each day only tidying up the necessities, leaving the little nooks and crannies for a once a week (or so) deep clean.

However, you may be skipping some important areas that need to be cleaned every single day, no matter how annoying that might be. Making sure you tend to these items means more than just a nice-looking home or apartment — it can help prevent unnecessary germs that could even potentially make you sick.

If you’re not sure about the items that really need your attention each day, we’ve got you covered:

1. Kitchen Counter

So many objects touch your kitchen counter: whether it’s food that you’ve chopped, the grocery bags or even your keys. Wipe down your counter every night with a disinfectant to make sure it stays in tip-top shape for cooking in the morning.

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2. Dish Towels

Most of us probably don’t think twice about those dish towels hanging in our kitchen, but they’re a breeding ground for bacteria. Dish towels were deemed the most contaminated spot in the kitchen, according to a study by the USDA. Any time you make something like raw meat and then wipe your hand on a towel, you’re spreading all that bacteria.


3. Sponges

A sponge is used to clean, so it must be clean, right? Not so much. According to a study from the University of Arizona, a kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, harboring 10 million bacteria per square inch. Wash your sponge in the dishwasher or with hot soap and water—or try soaking it in vinegar for a natural disinfectant.


4. Remote Control

You probably don’t think to wipe down your remote control daily, but once you think about all the different times it’s handled, you might want to start. Remotes can harbor cold viruses and other germs, so try to clean them as often as possible.

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5. Bathroom Sink

It’s not uncommon for the bathroom sink to get covered in toothpaste, makeup, hair and more, and you don’t want that to build up. Use some disinfecting wipes or vinegar to wipe down the sink each day — and don’t forget the faucet.

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