With this year's round of spring cleaning well under way, I got to thinking about some things I do throughout the year to prevent a germ infestation in my home and bodwod. When we first got married, Grahm thought I was the weirdest gal ever for constantly replacing things we already had. "Umm, babe? We already have all this stuff."
Like my husband, you may think replacing these items in your home is a waste of money, but I assure you that a few bucks here and there are well worth it. After all, cleanliness is next to godliness... or something like that.
1. Toothbrushes: If you're not replacing this one, I have no words for you. Remind me not to kiss you any time soon. I buy Grahm and I new toothbrushes once a month, and really, I would switch to every other week but the husband struggles with remembering which color is his with the constant change ups. The germs in your mouth and on the brush are too numerous to count, even if you think you've thoroughly rinsed it out. Your basically brushing with last week's cheeseburger remains. And if your toothbrush is anywhere near your toilet, you're essentially brushing with what you're dropping in the pot. Read about it. You'll be forever changed. Put those things in a drawer, and replace them frequently.t
2. Toilet Brushes: I replace these once a month as well. When I clean our toilets once a week, I try to use the brush as little as possible, but there are some places that it's a tad unavoidable. I'm assuming I don't need to tell you what you're dropping in the bowl; and if your house is anything like ours, then your royal throne is getting plenty of action. In other words, that brush is seeing some hard time and you don't exactly want those "hard times" to be passed on to each and every cleaning. At least I don't. I'll throw my cheap brushes in a bucket of bleach a few times prior to buying new ones, but there are some things even bleach can't eliminate. Yikes.
3. Dish Scrubbers: Grahm doesn't really understand this one, but I stand by my obsession with changing out our dish scrubbers and sponges every other month. These get disgusting just sitting in your sink and getting unwanted food off your plates and pans. Bacteria, baby, and it ain't pretty. Throw these in the dishwish a few times before you buy new ones. But seriously, replace these frequently. You eat off those plates, people.
4. Dish Towels: These I don't exactly replace, but I wash more than fat fanny. I'm a huge advocate for having one zillion rolls of paper towels (pipe down, you environmentalists) and lots of wipes everywhere around the house. If you're not washing these after just a couple of uses, I'd reconsider. I mean, wouldn't it be nice to dry your clean dishes with a, oh I don't know, clean towel?
5. Shower Liners: This one seems a bit obvious to me, but I know people who have moved with their shower liners from house to house. Crazy cheapwads. I clean these every time I clean the shower (once a week), and I replace them every few months. They're more expensive and a bit of a pain to put back on, however, I prefer to scrub my bodwod without being stared down by the gunk that's accumulated over every wash. Not to mention I shed like a corgi in heat.