Things we never clean but should

Even if we clean our floors and furniture regularly, there are nooks, crannies, and items that often go unnoticed. Find out what these are!



Keeping appliances, furniture and our homes in general in the best possible state generates a sense of wellbeing, extends the useful life of utensils and, therefore, reduces unnecessary waste, contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Items we don’t usually clean

The washing machine 

Washing machines are one of the most commonly used household appliances for cleaning clothes, but they also require their own maintenance. Without proper maintenance, washing machines can develop unpleasant odours, mildew on the rubber seal and, if left untreated, can even stain clothes. Carrying out a service wash at least 2 or 3 times a year is the general recommendation to keep your washing machine up to standard. To do this, add half a cup of vinegar to the detergent drawer and set the machine on a 30ºC washing cycle in order to get rid of any accumulated dirt and bacteria in the drum. Cleaning the rubber seal is also advisable - this can be done by simply wiping it down with a cloth and leaving it to airdry. Filter maintenance is also important as it must always be kept clean of any accumulated dirt in order to prevent clogging. 

The dishwasher 

Dishwashers need to be cleaned every 2 to 3 months with degreaser, both the inside of the machine and the filter. Letting dirt build up over time can make these machines less effective and cause unpleasant odours. Use a solution of hot water, soap, and a drop of lemon or vinegar to clean your dishwasher.

Remote controls

Television remotes, videogame controllers, garage door remotes, air conditioning remotes… all of these are frequently used by all members of the family on a daily basis. As a result of this, they are a breeding ground for bacteria that we rarely pay attention to. Never immerse these items in water, simply wipe them with a cloth dampened with a little disinfectant.

Toothbrush holder

You probably change your toothbrush every three months, as recommended by dentists, but how often do you clean your toothbrush holder or protector? The general advice is to disinfect these items on a weekly basis since infectious agents and toothpaste residue can easily begin to accumulate in toothbrush holders and protectors. 

Your pet’s belongings

Pet beds, toys and bowls tend to build up dirt without us realising. These items are very prone to dust mites and dust itself, meaning that they should be disinfected on a daily basis. Use a hoover to clean textile surfaces, and a damp cloth to clean glass or metal surfaces.