Nothing lasts forever and there are many hidden areas around the home which are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. In the home, it is a good idea to know when to disinfect or replace common household objects to avoid the spread of germs. Here Numatic share some top tips to remember for that annual spring clean!Pillows You lay your head on a pillow for a good few hours every night and these fluffy beauties may be exposed to dust build-up, makeup, oils from greasy skin and hair, sweat and more! Let’s not even mention the probability of dust mites that may be calling your pillow home. You should replace your pillow regularly, at least every three years and more frequently if you suffer from allergies. Pillows can also be washed every three months. Looking to extend the life of your pillow? Buy a zippered cover or pillow protector and wash every three weeks. Sponges Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria and grime. You need to replace these often, whether you are using a sponge in the shower or one to wash the dishes, wet sponges are the perfect spot for nasty germs to populate. Help disinfect your sponges by placing in the microwave while wet for two minutes, or run it through the dishwater. But remember, you may be able to reduce the number of bad bugs, but washing probably won’t eliminate them. That’s why sponges should be replaced every week. Or make the switch to a dish brush. Toilet brushes Now if you thought sponges were gross, toilet brushes are even worse. Make sure the gunk you’re removing from the toilet doesn’t end up hanging out and festering on the brush bristles and in the cup. After cleaning the toilet, sandwich the toilet brush between the toilet rim and seat, so that the brush head is suspended over the bowl. Spray with a disinfecting cleaning spray and allow to sit for a few minutes. Rinse with hot water and allow to sit until dry. The key is not putting this bad boy back dirty or wet, trapping any germs in the holder. Replace every six months.
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