Whether you are a neat freak or a I'll-clean-it-when-I-get-to-it type, you probably don't know when you are actually supposed to clean things in your home. Here's a quick list of items that you may not be cleaning enough... and a few you may be cleaning too much.
Bras should be washed around once a week, according to Good Housekeeping. Of course, if you're sweating a lot, you should wash more often. Hand-wash your bras with a mild detergent and then hang them to air dry.
Wash your pillow cover at the same time you wash your sheets. Then, you need to wash your pillow at least every six months to get rid of sweat, skin cells and other gunk. Here are some instructions on washing your pillow.
Next, lightly mist your mattresses with water using a spray bottle, then dust the surface with baking soda. Let the powder sit for a couple of hours, then vacuum again. Your mattress should look and smell fresh. Here's how to get rid of stains on your mattress.
Soak a kitchen sponge in lemon water. Then, place it in the microwave for 1 minute and let the steam from the sponge attack and soften the muck for 5 minutes. After that, just wipe the inside of the microwave down. So fresh. So clean.
In 2014, Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh said you really shouldn't wash your jeans. He recommended just cleaning any dirty spots with a sponge or toothbrush and a little detergent. Then, let your jeans air dry instead of popping them in the dryer.
If you do choose to wash them on a regular basis, zip the zipper, wash them with like colors and let them air dry.
You should sanitize your kid's toys after they come in contact with other children or when your kiddo gets over a nasty virus. Otherwise, a good weekly cleaning is good enough. You can throw plastic toys in the dishwasher for a good scrubbing. Put plush toys in the washing machine on the gentle cycle and wash with hot water.