There are some household and personal items that, when it comes to cleaning, simply get put on the backburner. Funnily enough some items that we clean the least, we actually use the most. But, it’s never too late to start creating a healthy routine so that the sneaky bacteria doesn’t start playing havoc. You’d be surprised at what the eye can’t see…
- Soak them in boiling hot water for 5 minutes
- Soak again for 3 minutes in another container with boiling water and either baby shampoo or bicarb soda
- Rinse each brush separately under cold running water until no more colour comes out of them
- Rinse again in boiling water to kill any last bacteria
- Leave out in the sun to dry – and make sure they dry FULLY, otherwise the bacteria will breed again before you know it.
NOTE: Be careful where you keep your make-up brush. Make-up bags can be just as bad for festering bacteria, so maybe chuck it in the washing machine if you haven’t cleaned it in a while. The best place to keep your beauty tools is upright in a stand, like your toothbrush.
Keyboards – Laptop Screens – Smart Phones
- Using a soft-bristled brush (a cheap makeup brush works), dust between the keys…if there’s a lot of built-up dust, try using a can of compressed air or a hairdryer.
- Apply methylated spirits (the lavender scented one is my favourite) to a fresh paper towel and thoroughly wipe down all your personal technical devices…you made need a few of those paper towels!
- Use an odourless spirit to soak your jewellery for about 5 minutes.
- Gently clean the stone and setting with a soft bristle brush.
- Rinse in cold water.
NOTE: Some porous stones – like opal, emerald, turquoise and pearls – shouldn’t be soaked in alcohol. Check with your jeweller if you’re in doubt.
- Remove excess hair (a comb to get down in the grooves can be helpful when doing this)
- Mix one cup of hot water, 1 tsp shampoo and 1 tsp baking soda.
- Use an old toothbrush to scrub the cleaning solution into the base and bristles of the brush.
- Rinse out in boiling water.
- Leave out in the sun to dry.
- The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.