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Are You Cleaning Common Household Items Enough?

You might not know, but you should be cleaning common household items regularly. HGTV shares tips on improving your cleaning habits.

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Don’t you just want to jump into that bed? It’s totally inviting … and would look amazing in my hypothetical beach house (you know, the one I dream of owning … someday soon). I could totally see myself waking up in that bed and gazing out the window … sheer bliss.

In the meantime, here in my little country home, I’ve set my sites on a little more updating in our beach-themed living room and some changes to my half-bath and kitchen. Our bedroom, which is small with really big furniture — a bad combination, is badly in need of a makeover too, but we’ll get to that some other time.

It’s going to be a big project when it happens. For now, small makeovers are where it’s at.

What about you? Any makeovers or renovations planned anytime soon?

So about the magazine … When I saw HGTV’s February/March issue’s cover, I was like Oh! Wow! It’s just so darn pretty. And soothing. And it promises a lot of awesome content. Personally, I’ll be flipping to the makeovers (shocker, right?) first. The bit on money-saving fixes sounds awesome too.

In the meantime, HGTV sent over these awesome cleaning tips from the issue for me to share with you. Enjoy!

Cleaning common household items


Our experts reveal common household items that might be getting neglected in the cleanliness department. We share tips on how and when to clean your hair brushes, pillows, coffee makers, produce bins in your fridge, etc. — and the answers may surprise you!

Your hairbrush

Beauty experts recommend washing your hair brush every two months. First pull out all stray hairs with a comb. Fill a sink with warm water and a squirt of soap or mild shampoo, and soak your brush for 15 minutes. (If your brush has padding, boar bristles, or a wooden handle, swish it back and forth in the sink and then rinse to prevent the brush getting waterlogged.

The inside of your coffee machine

Clean your machine after every dozen brews. Insert a coffee filter and fill the reservoir with two parts white vinegar and one part water, and run the machine through one full cycle. Then, repeat the process twice with cold water and filters.

The produce bins in your fridge

Scrub your bins every few months to keep produce flavors fresh. Empty the drawers and remove them from the fridge. Dip a cloth in a mixture of 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart warm water, then wipe down the inside and outside of each bin. Avoid household cleaners, which can make food taste like chemicals. Be sure to rinse the bins in warm water before returning to the fridge.

Courtesy of HGTV Magazine