9 Cleaning Hacks to Finally Kiss Those Germs Goodbye

Our toothbrushes hold tons of microbes in their bristles that can be damaging for our oral health. Other unwanted germs within our lives can hide in many places we never thought of cleaning, or we simply don’t know how to properly clean them. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of bacteria growth in our homes and know how to combat it effectively.

1. Use mouthwash to disinfect your toothbrush.

Each time we use our toothbrush, we may be transferring bathroom bacteria directly into our mouths. If you’re someone who flushes the toilet with the lid up, then you could be spreading waste particles around the room, which can settle on surfaces and objects.

Therefore, it’s recommended to sanitize your toothbrush in mouthwash for 2 minutes after using it.

2. Clean your oven with 1/5 cup of ammonia.

Simply heat your oven to 150ºF then turn it off and place 1/5 cup of ammonia in a bowl on your oven’s top shelf. Place a bowl of boiling water on the shelf below and close the door, leaving them to do their thing overnight.

This will help the grime to drop off from your oven, helping you to easily wipe it clean the next day.

3. Microwave your sponge.

Our dish sponges collect large amounts of harmful bacteria that we don’t want to then transfer to our dishes while washing them. To sterilize a sponge, you should wet it completely before placing it in the microwave for 1 minute.

The extreme heat will zap any bacteria growing in your sponges. Repeat this every few days when your sponge starts to smell.