When you think about spring cleaning, you probably think about all of the obvious things: time to organize your room, change your bed sheets, put away your winter clothing to make room for the summer clothes, maybe even throw a whole bunch of stuff out. While these things definitely do need to happen, there are other little things that need to be cleaned that you probably never even thought about.
There are tons of things we all use every single day that need to be washed way more than we actually wash them. Most of us ignore these rules and keep using the item despite the fact that it’s full of icky bacteria. Then there are those of us who are too lazy to clean, so instead we just throw these things out and buy new ones. Sure, that’s easy, but it’s also a waste of your money.
I’m totally guilty of going too long without washing or replacing a lot of the items below, but I really have been making an effort to be a cleaner, healthier person lately. And I want you to do the same! Here are 12 gross things you didn’t realize need to be cleaned ASAP. Seriously. Clean this stuff, guys.
Aluminum Water BottlesIf you only put water in your water bottle, chances are you think that just rinsing it is fine... it's just water, right? Wrong. Aluminum water bottles can collect bacteria and also start to smell weird. Check out these methods for cleaning them since they can't be put in the dishwasher. Source: ShutterStock
Hair BrushesBe honest: have you ever cleaned a hair brush before? Or do you just randomly pull out the loose hairs when they get to be a little too much and call it a day? But you should do more than just pull the hair out - you should be shampooing them as well. Hair brushes can collect germs and dust mites, which is gross, but they can also be a perfect place for product buildup - if you brush your hair the day after putting hairspray and other stuff in it, it will stick to the brush. Here are instructions on cleaning your hair brush. Source: ShutterStock
Remote ControlsI would bet money that very few people clean their remote controls. But think about it: those things are the perfect place for germs and bacteria to collect on! Remove the batteries, and don't spray anything directly on the remote control. You can use a toothbrush or Q-tip dipped in a water/rubbing alcohol mix to get in all the little annoying spots on the remote control. Source: ShutterStock
Yoga MatsNot only do you lay on your yoga mat when you're probably at your sweatiest, you also probably step on it with running shoes on your feet, AND it lays on the floor, where there is a ton of germs and bacteria. They need to be cleaned once in a while. Here's a DIY spray you can make to get yours good as new. Source: ShutterStock
Makeup BrushesWe've said this before, but seriously, clean your makeup brushes. They harbor bacteria and get really disgusting really fast. Plus, all of your makeup builds up on there, which can mess with the makeup you're putting on. Buzzfeed says you should be cleaning your brushes every single time you use them, but I know that's super time-consuming. Instead, clean them weekly. I like to mix gentle face wash (I use a Neutrogena one that has makeup remover in it) with warm water. I swirl the brushes in there for about 30 seconds, then dry them. Don't let your brushes sit in the mixture for a long time because that will mess with the glue holding them together. Source: ShutterStock
Curling Irons and Flat IronsYour flat irons and curling wands are a great place for product buildup. If you spray your hair with hairspray, use gel or mousse, or heat protectant, it will come off on the hot tools and stay there. They get filled with gunk and it's gross. Use a little rubbing alcohol and/or baking soda mixed with water to clean them. Source: ShutterStock
Your Hair DryerIf you've had your hair dryer for a while, you might notice that it's not working as well as it used to. Maybe it's not hot enough or maybe it smells weird whenever you use it. This doesn't mean you need a new one, it probably just means you need to clean it. Check out the amount of lint in your dryer, then clean it out with a toothpick. Not only does that lint make it harder to use your dryer, it also puts icky stuff in your hair. Source: ShutterStock
Your HandbagsYour handbag has more germs than a toilet bow. Seriously, it really does. That's disgusting. Get rid of everything old and gross in there, and then clean out the outside depending on what the material is. If it's leather, you can use a leather cleaner, but check it out and do a little research. Source: ShutterStock
Your Phone CaseYour phone is another gross germ-infected place, and it's something you use every day. Obviously, your phone case has germs too. Take the case off and clean it with a Clorox wipe, making sure to get every little nook and cranny.
KeyboardsYour fingers are all over your keyboard after you go to the bathroom, after you eat, after you're in public... and then without thinking, they go into your mouth or on your face. Ick. You can buy products to clean your keyboards, and you can also use scotch tape to get between the keys. Source: ShutterStock
The Shower LoofahI once read that your loofah should be thrown out every 2 weeks. That's a bit excessive, so why not clean it instead? You might think that because it hangs in the shower around soap and water all day, it stays clean. Not so. Soak it in a bleach/water solution for five minutes, or try vinegar. Source: ShutterStock
Your ToothbrushYou should be cleaning your toothbrush on a regular basis, and you should be replacing it on a regular basis too. You can clean it in mouthwash, a vinegar soak, or hydrogen peroxide. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these things do you clean regularly? Which do you always forget to clean? What did I forget to include? Tell me in the comments.