It may seem like the basics, but are you really cleaning your kitchen sink, shower head and makeup brushes properly?
Check your routines with TODAY contributor Elizabeth Mayhew, who stopped by Studio 1A Monday to show how cleaning your home really should be done.
How to clean your showerhead
Give your showerhead the attention it deserves by soaking it once a year to remove deposits. Simply pour white vinegar in a sturdy plastic bag — enough to submerge the showerhead — and using a rubber band, secure it and let it soak overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and run the shower to rinse. This process will remove calcium deposits as well as any lingering bacteria.
How to clean your makeup brushes
Once a month, dip your makeup brushes in warm, soapy water. (Use shampoo or a mild soap.) Rinse the brushes and blot each on a clean towel. Use a blow-dryer to gently dry the bristles, or let them sit out overnight.
How to clean your shower drain
Hair often gathers in shower and bath drains. To keep them clean and clog-free, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, then follow it with a ½ cup of vinegar. Cover it with a wet cloth, then wait five minutes. Uncover and flush the drain with hot water.
How to clean your kitchen sink
It’s a nasty truth, but your kitchen sink often has more bacteria than your toilet seat. To disinfect it, clean your sink with soap and water first. Then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide. Let it air dry.
If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkle by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing the surface. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.
How to clean your washing machine
Washing machines can become a breeding ground for salmonella and other germs. When you clean certain whites in hot water, your washing machine is being cleaned as well. But once a month, run an empty load with hot water and white vinegar to sanitize the basin and wipe out any lingering germs.