How often should you change bed sheets or clear the fridge?

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Keep germs off these objects of daily use by following this guide

From your toilet to the contents of your make-up bag, you’ll be shocked by how often these should be given a once-over to avoid nasty germs wreaking havoc on our health. While there are hundreds of tips out there on how often you should be cleaning these everyday household objects, we’ve asked experts for their top tips on how regularly you should change your sheets, clear out fridge and even wash your bra. Here’s what they recommend:

The Toilet

Toilets come with dirty reputations – but the average loo seat only has around 50 bacteria per square inch, which is less than most chopping boards. Aim to clean around the toilet bowl every day, and give your bathroom a proper clean once a week.

Bed Sheets

It’s a good idea to wash them every one to two weeks. “We shed a million skin cells (accompanied by oil and sweat) each night, and this attracts dust miles.”

The Fridge

The average fridge has around 750 times the level of safe bacteria that it should have. Cover all uncooked food, and throw out anything past its expiry date. As for cleaning it, wipe down the inside of your fridge every three to six months, or your food could become contaminated with nasty salmonella bacteria.

Mattresses

Mattresses are great breeding grounds for dust mites and bacteria because they hold so many dead skin cells. No matter how good the quality of your mattress, you shouldn’t keep it for longer than nine years.

Kitchen clothes and Sponges

These cleaning tools hoard between one million and 10 million bacteria per square inch. The Hygiene Council says they should be cleaned frequently. Pop them in a 60 degree C wash weekly and replace them often.

Mobile Phones

Studies have shown that your phone carries 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Regularly clean it with an antibacterial wet wipe to avoid picking up bugs.

Bras

We all know we should be changing our knickers every day, but what about our bras? As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to wash your bras after three to four wears.

Make-up

Make-up has a shelf life, and it might be shorter than you think.

Foundation: Liquids and cream foundations only last between six and 12 months, because bacteria can grow more easily in the water and oils that these contain. Powders can last up to two years.

Lipstick: These should be okay to keep for up to two years. But occasionally, clean the top layer of lipstick with a wipe to remove any bacteria.

Mascara: You should chuck your mascara three months after opening it to prevent bacteria from causing eye irritations or infections.

Sponges: Replace these every month and wash them with cleanser routinely.

 

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