Here are some guidelines to help you figure out when to wash various things in your house… and even on your own body.
Sheets: Once a week- Sheets should be washed often to remove a buildup of debris, dust, sweat and other icky things. Use hot water and a hot dryer cycle to kill all germs.
Cars: Every one to three weeks- wash it once a week if you live near a large body of water, somewhere with extreme weather conditions, drive a lot or park outside.
Dogs: As needed- Let your nose be your guide! If your pooch is smelly or feels oily to the touch, then it’s time to wash. This ranges from once a month to 4 times a year.
Jeans: Every four to five wears- This is okay as long as they’re not stained. Over washing can cause them to wear out prematurely.
Bras: Every 3 to 4 wears- A general rule is that you should never wear the same bra two days in a row, because elastic needs time to reshape.
Your Face: Every night (and possibly in the morning)- Cleansing every night prevents clogged pores and breakouts. If you have oily skin, wash again in the morning.
Your Hair: Every other day- Washing your hair every day strips it of natural oils, so it’s best to shampoo on alternating days at most.
Window Screens: Once a year- When warm weather arrives, it’s time to de-grime and let the fresh air in.
Windows: Twice a year- preferably with a squeegee.
Mattress: Every six months- Believe it or not, it’s pretty easy to do this. Vacuum the top, then wipe down with a lightly damp, soapy cloth.
Oven: Every six months- Not all ovens are self-cleaning. If yours isn’t, set it up to clean while you sleep.
Pots and Pans: Three times a year
Carpet: Once a year.
Purse: Every week- Field tests have shown that purses sometimes carry traces of E. coli, most often on the bottom, which rests on germy surfaces.
Dishwasher: Every month- pour vinegar into a dishwasher-safe cup, then place the cup upright on (empty) dishwasher’s top rack.
Sink and Drain: Every day- Because the kitchen sink has the second-highest concentration of microorganisms in the home, it should be cleaned daily.
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