6 household things that you probably never washed, but should

Here are the appliances, parts of your home, and even workout accessories, which are probably much dirtier than you can imagine.

Not such a cooling water cooler.

If you ever, taking a sip of cold water at home, noticed that it tastes strange, or that the ice cubes are softer in consistency, they melt faster, this may be because your ice maker's ice machine needs cleaning. Ice cubes can absorb unpleasant odors from food spilled in the freezer, and hard water can cause mineral deposits on the mechanisms of the cooler, which can affect the quality of the ice.

To clear the ice maker, you first need to raise the top cover of the cooler (it rises automatically when the storage tank is full) so that the machine stops making ice. Remove the tank and dump the ice into the sink (fill it with hot water to wash out all the dirt). Then wash the tank with dish detergent and rinse with hot water. As for the ice machine itself, wipe it with a soft cloth and any surface cleaner (or a mixture of 50/50 distilled white vinegar and water if there is a residue). Make sure that it is completely dry, then replace the tank, lower the power panel (cover) and let the machine make a new one - amazingly clean! - ice

A part of your window that nobody notices

Since many windows have a black sealing gasket (which protects against drafts), you may not even notice the dirt that has accumulated there. Becky Rapinchuk, known as the founder of the brand of cleaning products, advises to wipe these areas with white vinegar twice a year so that no traces remain. If it seems to you that there is a mold on the sealing gaskets, as it happened with Ms. Rapinchuk's friend, who guessed to see all the window seams only after she turned to an allergist because of a problem with constant sneezing, you might need the help of professionals.

It would seem a clean coffee maker

Capsular coffee machines make it very easy and quick to brew a cup of coffee that you rarely have to think about. However, according to the manufacturer’s manual, they should be regularly cleaned of mineral deposits. Many of the available brands sell their own descaler kits, but Ms. Rapinchuk has her own way to get rid of scale at home.

Every two months, it fills the coffee machine’s capacity with about half white vinegar or, depending on the model, pours 300 grams into the water tank. Then she starts the car as if she was making a cup of coffee — not inserting a capsule so that only the vinegar solution went through the machine — and then starts it a few more times, using water instead of vinegar until the odor disappears. You can first check the operating manual of your coffee machine to see if there are any contraindications to the use of vinegar as a cleaner.

Yoga mat

Fungi and bacteria are just some of the living things that you can find on yoga mats. Even if you only use your rug (without giving it to anyone else), you will still try to keep it clean. Whiting and Boyd recommend wiping a yoga mat with a solution of cup of vinegar and 1 cup of warm water. Apply the solution with a spray bottle on both sides of the mat, wipe with a dry cloth and allow to dry completely before folding it into storage.

Convenient, but not sterile water dispenser

Water dispensers make it easy to enjoy a cold drink at any time, but they can be among the most dangerous devices where a large number of germs are distributed. A study conducted in 2013 by the public health and safety organization showed that the fungus and mold that appears on and inside water dispensers can especially harm people suffering from allergic reactions.

Refer to your dispenser manual for specific instructions for cleaning the internal mechanism. And do not forget to clean the outside; Dana C. White, creator of the site and books about cleanliness, says that she regularly wipes the part that touches the edge of the glass. Half the mixture of distilled vinegar and water will help to cope with this.


Surprise! The washing machine itself needs periodic cleaning due to the accumulation of detergents, fabric softeners, dirt and dead skin cells. According to experts, heavy-duty washing machines and front-loading machines are particularly sensitive to mold. Despite the fact that cleaning products for washing machines are widely available for such needs, experts recommend regularly “rinsing” idle with hot water with bleach.