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Weekly Speed Cleaning for Germs

Doing a daily speed clean makes weekly cleaning easier and faster. Once a week, follow these steps to wipe out more germs:

  • Throw the kitchen sink strainer in the dishwasher.
  • Remove and hand wash the stove knobs.
  • Clean and disinfect the kitchen sink.
  • Wash the toothbrush holder and wipe with a disinfecting wipe or put it in the dishwasher if it is dishwasher safe.
  • Gather bathroom and bed linens without fluffing or shaking them to avoid spreading germs and dust. Wash in hot water, if possible.  
  • Mop the floors and vacuum carpets. 
  • Clean the bathroom sink, tub, and toilet.
  • Disinfect computer keyboards, light switches, telephones, and remote controls with a disinfecting wipe that doesn't contain bleach. Squeeze to remove excess moisture first. Always turn off computers before cleaning.

Monthly Speed Clean for Germs

These monthly chores take hardly any time:

  • Wash pet toys: Wash hard toys with hot, soapy water and disinfect. Rinse well before letting them dry. Toss soft toys in the washer with other laundry to wash in hot water.
  • Pour a solution of 1 teaspoon bleach and 1 quart water down the kitchen sink drain to sanitize the drain and garbage disposal. Or pour white vinegar down the drain.
  • Clean the coffeemaker.


Clean Sweep Shortcuts

For super speedy cleanups, try these shortcuts:

  • Keep cleaning products together in a pail or basket so they're ready when you are and can be carried from room to room.
  • While a disinfectant is sitting, tackle another chore.
  • Use a plastic can liner to help control trash spills and leaking and to cut down on wastebasket and garbage can cleaning.
  • To keep spills in the refrigerator and on floors from turning into bigger messes, clean and sanitize them as they happen.

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