Forget sparking joy. A recent survey by OnePoll found that 71% of adult Americans are spending more time cleaning than ever before. Two years of isolation, with viruses lurking around every corner has driven people to spend an average of 458 hours house cleaning every year.
Clean dirty dishes and countertops daily. Don't let dishes pile up in the kitchen sink. Instead, every day wipe down your kitchen counters and other surfaces. If there is food spillage, on countertops or in the fridge, clean it up when it happens.
Wipe down your refrigerator from top to bottom. As part of your weekly cleaning, address the inside of your fridge. Throw away expired food. Spray the shelves to kill any bacteria. Then wipe the inside clean with hot water.
Toilets get gross too. It's not just the human waste that makes a toilet look bad. Hard water stains the toilet and makes it harder to keep clean. Even toilets in bathrooms you don't often use quickly appear dirty, thanks to the mineral build-up. Try to clean frequently used toilets at least once a week.
Bath towels are a breeding ground for bacteria. It's easy to put off washing bath towels and hand towels, but try to clean them a couple of times a week. A bath mat and tub can also attract bacteria. Clean your tub, shower, and bath mats regularly.