Five Everyday Items You’re Not Washing As Well As You Should

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There are everyday items in your home that you are people able not washing as well as you should and you will most likely be surprised to know them.

Steering wheels
you may be surprised to know that your car steering wheel is probably dirtier than a public toilet. Researchers from Queen Mary University in London swabbed the ring and found 700 bacteria per square inch—nearly nine times more than what they found on public toilet seats.

Now consider that the steering wheel is usually the first thing you touch when you get in the car and that many of us also eat, apply makeup, or floss while driving. To make sure you’re not driving a car that is a cesspool, keep a package of cleaning wipes in your car and regularly wipe down the wheel as well as the gear shift knob, radio buttons, and handles.

Mops and brooms
While it may sound counterintuitive, but you actually need to clean your cleaning supplies. Mops, brooms, rags, sponges, and other reusable items can accumulate high levels of harmful bacteria—and then spread them throughout your house.

According to researchers from England’s Leeds Metropolitan University, rather than fixing the germy problem, these cleaning tools may be causing them. To combat this problem, experts recommend switching to microfiber mops and cloths, which can be thrown in the washing machine between uses.

Dishcloths
Dishcloths are a kitchen counter staple that traps oils, fats, and bacteria, which makes them prone to a funky smell if you don’t wash them frequently. Wash the dishcloth after every use with dish soap and hot water, then let it hang to dry between uses.

You can then launder them in the washing machine every few days on the hottest cycle, separate from other laundry. Don’t let the cloths hang out in the washer, get them into the dryer as soon as possible to prevent any straggling bacteria from growing again.

Makeup brushes
Almost everyone carries the staphylococcus bacteria on their skin. So it’s likely that your makeup brushes, sponges, and applicators carry that and other harmful germs too. To avoid infection, breakouts, or skin irritation, experts recommend washing your brushes in warm soapy water after each use or at least once a week.

Bras
Bras may look beautiful, but thanks to the sweat and oils from your skin they can be the perfect environment to grow bacteria especially when you wear them day in and day out. While most of the bacteria found in a bra are harmless, in some cases they can cause rashes, odours, and even infections.

Most experts recommend washing your bra every two to three wears, which can seem like a lot considering that many bras need to be hand-washed and air-dried. It’s best to stock up so you always have a clean option.

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