It doesn’t exactly top the list of ‘Best ways to spend spare time’, but unfortunately cleaning is kind of important if you want to adult.
But how often should you actually be cleaning your house? From your sheets to your toaster, it varies. A spoiler? Your quick weekly once-over doesn’t cut it. Rubber gloves at the ready, people.
A 2008 study by scientists found that your bathtub is actually dirtier than your bin. Researchers found traces of satphylococcus bacter (a common cause of skin infections) in 26 per cent of bath tubs they tested compared to six per cent of trash cans. Its moist environment is the perfect place for bacteria to grow.
To combat this, experts recommend applying a disinfecting cleaner once a week and scrubbing. Then wash with water and dry with a clean towel.
Bathtime... not so innocent now, hey? Image: iStock
We've all been guilty of only laying out clean towels when we're expecting guests and relying on one old faithful for regular use, but according to Mama's Laundry Talk, we should be cleaning them much more.
"It is best to wash bathroom towels every three to five times they are used", she says.
And no, that's not three to five days but times used. This is because while it cleans your body, it's collecting your dead skin cells which (surprise, surprise) build up.
You're not alone in your bed (and no, we're not talking about your partner or children). We shed up to three kilograms of skin each year, which attracts dust mites to our sheets. According to the Mayo Clinic, this means there could be anywhere from 100,000 to 2,000,000 dust mites sharing your bed. Delightful.
So rather than monthly, experts recommend washing all your bedding every one to two weeks. Consider it done.
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Preparing food, its proximity to the kitchen sink (the dirtiest place in the house) and the plethora of items that get dumped on top, make this an area that needs cleaning daily. Yep, every day.
While how you do it depends on what material it's made of, it's recommended you wipe down with a clean sponge after every use.
Your kitchen counter sees a lot of action. Image: iStock
This one's in the interest of your health. An allergy study in 2005 from the University of Manchester took samples from pillows with between one and a half and 20 years of regular use and found several thousand spores of fungus per gram of pillow.
Even worse, pillows older than five years have twice as much mould in them compared to pillows less than two years old. Research also shows that after just one year of use, 10 to 15 per cent of your pillow’s weight may be made up of dust-mite waste. Breathing in all that? Let's just say it doesn't do wonders for your immune system.