You already know we are huge fans of SweepSouth here at Tums 2 Tots Online. We are celebrating with them again, as they have just done a branding spring clean! This time around, they are giving one lucky winner an 8-hour clean of their home from one of their SweepStars!
But before we get to that, here are some nifty tips from the SweepSouth SweepStars on how often you should clean those things around your house that you never seem to get to…
Time flies and although you might be pedantic about keeping the dishes clean and that dirty laundry basket empty, those chores are often driven by an immediate need – for clean clothing, for dishes to use, for the desire to keep your space tidy. On the other hand, months may pass where cleaning those scatter cushions or the fridge doesn’t even cross your mind.
Here are some tips from the SweepStars on how often you should be cleaning these household items to keep them hygienic and working hard for you…
Bed Pillows: Every 3 Months
Research has found that 16 species of fungi can live in an average bed pillow, and the stuffing inside actually attracts dust mites, which can offset allergies. Help keep your sleeping space clean by washing your pillows every few months.
Mattress: Every 6 Months
Keep the bed bugs at bay by cleaning your mattress every six months. Use a vacuum and a damp cloth to clean and avoid soaking the mattress which might cause mould. Don’t flip your mattress, simply rotate it top to toe for even wear.
Bed Sheets: Once a Week
Sheets should be washed often to remove the debris, dust, sweat and so on that’s a result of daily use. Use a hot water wash and a hot dryer to kill all germs.
Toilet: Once a Month
Spot clean your loo once a week or as often as needed, but give it a thorough scrubbing and sanitization once a month to keep it sparkling.
Bath Towels: Once a Week
We’re usually nice and clean after a hot shower, which means we can use the same towel for a number of consecutive days before washing. That said, towels retain moisture and bacteria, so be sure to hang yours in a dry open space after each use and don’t share towels –even with family members.
Oven: Every 3 Months
Wipe down your oven as often as needed. But unless your oven smokes, it doesn’t need a deep cleaning more often than every 3 months.
Carpet: Once a Week
Vacuum your carpets once a week to keep them fresh and free of dust, crumbs and debris we walk through the house. Deep cleaning should be done once a year to eliminate stains and bacteria.
Computer: Every 2 Months
Scary thought: Computer keyboards are home to five times the bacteria found on the typical toilet seat, yet many of us never clean them. Unplug all your cables and use a cloth dampened (not soaking) with alcohol to clean your computer. For keyboards with their tricky angles, use an ear bud dipped in alcohol.
Fridge: Once a Week
Your fridge is the hardest working appliance you own, so it’s important to take care of it. Check for and dump expired foods once a week. Thoroughly clean up spills as soon as they happen. Remove all items to give your fridge a proper wipe down once every three months.
Scatter Cushions: Once Every 6 Months
Usually scatter cushions are intended for decoration more than anything else. So unless yours are subject to daily use or spills, cleaning them twice a year should be sufficient to keep them looking good.
So, now that you are looking around your house and trying to remember when last you cleaned your oven, let’s talk about the giveaway! And how you can get one of SweepSouth‘s SweepStars to do it for you…
To win 8 hours of cleaning, you simply need to:
1. SHARE this article and tag @SweepSouthSA
2. Tag a friend who deserves a clean
3. In the comments, tell us about your top cleaning tip and what you would do while a SweepSouth SweepStar cleans your home.
DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE FORM BELOW SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU TO SEND YOU YOUR PRIZE!!
Good luck everybody!!
We will announce our winner on Thursday 1 September! If we are unable to reach you before midnight on Thursday 8 September, another winner will be selected.
*This competition is sadly only open to those currently residing in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Centurion or Pretoria.