In the rush of everyday life we sometimes skip important cleaning details; but, trust me, some of those corners or items are actually real enemies when it comes to your family's health. Bacteria and fungi love targeting places like the kitchen because, like you, this is also where they get food and water-a perfect combination to create disease outbreaks.

These places and items require constant cleaning:

1. Sponges and dishcloths

Did you know that these vessels have more germs than the toilet of your bathroom? They may seem clean, but bacteria and fungi love to settle in them because of the moisture and food scraps.

There are 3 ways to clean them.

Bleach: Leave the sponge and dishcloth in a mixture of bleach and water for 15 minutes. If you don't have bleach, you can use hydrogen peroxide. You need to bleach them once a week.

Microwave: Microwave them for 1 or 2 minutes.

Dishwasher: Throw them in the dishwasher with your dishes and leave them in until the end of the dry cycle.

If your sponge is smelly or a different color or texture, throw it away!

2. Stove crack

Food particles have a nasty way of finding their way to that awkward space between the stove and the countertop. The residue buildup it creates is a nasty place. Pull away the stove to sweep and wipe out the buildup.

3. Reusable bags

You know those cloth or reusable plastic bags you take to the store? Those need a good cleaning as well. Food remnants within the bag can grow bacteria and contaminate the next food you haul home in it.

4. Refrigerators and the shelves

The refrigerator is also a place that needs attention. You can use soap and water to clean it. Don't forget to clean the door racks, remove and wash the drawers and also clean the freezer.

5. The top of your furniture

When was the last time you cleaned the top of your refrigerator, cabinets, lamps, frames or windows? They secretly accumulate a lot of dust.

6. Ceiling Fan

Just because it is in motion, doesn't mean it won't get dusty. Take a look at the blades of your fan and see for yourself.

7. Small electronics

Your remote control, cell phone, tablet and headphones need a to be cleaned regularly. Use a disinfectant or alcohol swab. Phones and tablets require special products. Check the company website for the best cleaning options.

8. Broom

Your broom needs cleaning. After all, dirt is trapped in the bristles. Warm water and soap are ideal to take out the dirt. The plastic above the bristles will also need to be decontaminated.

9. Hats, scarves, gloves

Sometimes we forget these pieces also need to be washed. Put your accessories in a gentle cycle together, or hand wash them. If you have leather gloves, you can clean them with special leather products.

10. Hamper

Wipe your hamper with a damp cloth and sprinkle baking soda to absorb bad odors. If it is washable, throw it in the machine with your next load.

This article has been adapted and translated from the original, "10 coisas que você normalmente não limpa - mas deveria," which was originally published on

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