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10 Objects in Your Dorm That You Didn’t Know Should Be Cleaned

Get a jump start on your Spring Cleaning! Contrary to popular belief, Febreze does not count as a deep cleaning method.  Grab your duster and Clorox wipes to get a jump start on your spring cleaning.  

1. Headphones, beats, over the ear 

  • Easiest way to clean: Take a Clorox wipe and go over the inside and out the ear part of the headphones. Make sure to get a tissue to wipe away an excess moisture to insure you do not ruin your electronic accessories. Don’t forget to wipe the cords down as well. 

2. Phone  

  • Phones can harbor 18 times the amount of filth in comparison to toilets.  Remember to take the case off and use warm water and soap to clean it. 

  • Be careful cleaning your screen. Some experts suggest using soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloths. Tip: avoid getting moisture in openings. Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide to clean your phone.  

  • Fun Fact: Most iPhones are made with an oleophobic coating, meaning, it repels oils from your fingertips as much as possible.  

3. Laptop, screen and keyboard (dust) 

  • The average laptop has more than 20,000 germs than a toilet seat. Use a duster to clean off the keyboard and then use a damp cloth to wipe away any grim left on the keys after strenuous use.  

  • Use special wipes made for eyeglasses to clean your computer screen. Again, wipe away any moisture leftover by the wipe.  

4. Charger and cord 

  • Use a Clorox wipe to cleanse your charger cord and plug in. Wait for it to dry before using.  

  • This is one the most forgotten things that need cleaning. People tend to clean their phones and cases while ignoring the cables.  

5. Shower heads 

  • Scary bacteria live in your shower head. Damp and warm places are the best habitat for germs and this satisfies those requirements. Scientists suggest switching from plastic shower heads to metal ones to avoid more reproduction of bacteria.  

  • The way to clean: you can fill a sturdy plastic bag with vinegar, a natural disinfectant, then attach it securely over your showerhead. Let it soak for an hour, then remove the bag and run the water to flush. 

6. Light switches/Door knobs 

  • Imagine how many times you touch your light switch in day. Also, think about the many times and the many different door knobs you touch. Keep these surfaces and your hands clean!

7. Desk area/bathroom counter (under bottles)

  • Take a Clorox wipe and clean your desk and wipe away any grime and dust.


8. The cup which holds the toothbrush- everyone has this one 

  • According to research, there are many germs "lurking in your bathroom". So many of these germs are found in the bathroom. The dirtiest place in the bathroom lies in something you use in your mouth, yep your toothbrush. Over 200,000 germs live in the average toothbrush.  

9. Driving wheel/dashboard 

  • Can be dirtier than the average public toilet. Up to 700 germs per square inch! 

  • Best way to clean: Remove any steering wheel covers and wash them in. Then sanitize the wheel and pay extra attention to where your hands normally rest.  

  1. Fridge inside and out (handle)  

  • The average fridge holds the germ called Listeria. This is can be extremely harmful if consumed.  

  • Remove all food before cleaning, take removable shelves out and soak them with warm water and soap, let dry before placing back side. Remember to also polish the outside as well and focus on the handle, where greasy hands may touch.  

Happy Spring Cleaning!






Dasha is a writer, blogger and theater major at Grand Canyon University originally from Seattle, Washington.
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