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Cleaning experts reveal the filthy areas of a home that everyone forgets about

Many proud homeowners are meticulous with their cleaning - but there are still some areas that even the most diligent people forget about.

From the vacuum brush roll and the toaster crumb tray to the space below your refrigerator drawers, cleaning experts have shared the most neglected tasks to US-based MyDomaine.

The forgotten filthy areas also included oven racks, your washing machine gasket - which is the rubber material around the door of the appliance - and the side of your stove.

But even when people are aware of the items they should be cleaning, they aren't wiping it down as often as they should be, according to new research by Media packaging provider Neo-Online.

Collaborating with Lisa Evans, spokesperson from MyJobQuote, Henry Paterson, senior operations executive at Housekeep, and Lynsey Crombie, Queen of Clean, the company discovered how often people should be cleaning their household gadgets.

They found that most cleaning experts suggested TV remotes and earphones are cleaned weekly, while mobile phones should be sanitised at least once a day.

Here, FEMAIL offers a rundown of the neglected germ hot spots in a home and how often you should be cleaning your devices...

Experts reveal how often you should clean your household items 

People aren't wiping down their electrical household items as often as they should be, according to new research by Media packaging provider Neo-Online... 

TV remotes weekly (and more frequently if a family member is ill)

Firstly, remove the batteries from the remote, then use a disinfectant wipe to sweep over the remote a few times. 

To clean around the buttons, use a cotton wool bud and a toothpick to remove any stuck debris.

Gaming controllers every two weeks if used regularly

Using a disinfectant wipe, clean the entire controller area, ensuring any power sources have been removed. 

Use a cotton wool bud and toothpick to gently clean around the button and joysticks to remove any lodged grime.

Earphones once a week or before each use if you take them out of the house

Cleaning with a cotton wool bud and disinfectant spray will keep any germs and bacteria away. Make sure to avoid spraying directly into the electrics and remove the earphones from any power source before cleaning.

Headsets every two weeks or before each use if you wear them five days a week for work purposes

Use a disinfectant wipe when the headsets are not plugged in. Make sure to dry them efficiently before using.

Chargers every week

Wiping them down with a disinfectant will prevent the build-up of germs around the household.  It’s important to clean chargers when they’re not plugged.

Mobile phones at least once a day 

When cleaning your phone screen, use a lint-free, soft cloth, and an alcohol wipe. Unplug all power sources and avoid getting moisture in any openings.

To clean your phone case, a disinfectant wipe will be fine. Remove the phone from the case before disinfecting and ensure the case is dry before putting the phone back in.

To clean your charging ports, use a toothpick, or a compressed air can. Don’t blow down them, as your breath holds a lot of moisture which could cause damage to your phone.

Computer mouse monthly

Cleaning your mouse with an alcohol wipe will stop an accumulation of bacteria and germs. 

Wipe the underside of your mouse from dirt and debris, otherwise it can prevent your mouse from working efficiently too.

Computer keyboard monthly

You can do this by using a disinfectant wipe and sweep it over the keyboard gently. Make sure the keyboard isn’t plugged into a power source before doing this. You can then use a cotton bud to go in-between the keys and clear any debris.

And the areas you're most likely to forget...

Underneath fridge drawers

With so much food in there, the fridge can be one of the filthiest places in the whole kitchen - and no part is more dirty than the drawers where you traditionally keep salad and vegetables (stock image)

Cleaning out the fridge is one of the most laborious household chores, since you have to take everything out before putting it all back in again.

So it's perhaps unsurprising that many of us don't wipe down our fridge shelves as often as we might clean our kitchen counter tops.

But with so much food in there, the fridge can be one of the filthiest places in the whole kitchen - and no part is more dirty than the drawers where you traditionally keep salad and vegetables.

Toaster crumb tray 

While most homeowners will give their toaster a once over with a disinfectant wipe or cleaning spray, many will forget about the crumb tray.

Collecting the fallen pieces from toasted items, this item can create an unwanted odor when left uncleaned.

To clean it, unplug the toaster, take out the crumb tray and empty it before washing in warm soapy water.

Be sure to dry it well before returning it to your appliance.

This is because most of our spillages and fallen pieces of food end up slipping below the drawers, which are traditionally placed at the bottom of the fridge. 

As such, it's advisable to clean out your fridge, particularly focusing on wiping down your salad drawers, at least once a month in lots of hot, soapy water.

Oven racks

Oven racks are tricky to scrub because of their awkward structure, so some homeowners might decide to ignore this particular chore.

But Melissa Maker, host of CleanMySpace YouTube channel, told MyDomaine: 'Bubbly messes and spills over time leave carbonized grease and old food clinging on, contributing to a burning smell.'

For those wanting to avoid that outcome, fill a bathtub with hot water and add a cup of laundry detergent.

Place your oven racks in the water, with an old bath towel underneath them to prevent them scratching the tub.

Leave the items to soak overnight and by the next morning, they'll be ready to wipe over and dry. 

Vacuum brush roll 

From the vacuum brush roll (above) and the toaster crumb tray to the space below your refrigerator drawers, cleaning experts revealed the most neglected tasks to American-based MyDomaine (stock photo)

Vacuums are designed to pick up dust and dirt from around the home, but hair and debris can become lodged in the brush roll of your machine.

If this is the case, you may have noticed your appliance doesn't appear to be working as well.

Unplug your device and turn it over to locate the brush roll in the head of the vacuum, said Jessica Petrino, an appliance specialist with AJ Madison. 

The easiest way to remove any dirt caught up in the brush is with a pair of scissors but be careful to not cut any bristles.

Or, if the brush roll is removable, you can wash it according to the product manual instructions.

Coffee maker reservoir

The reservoir in your coffee maker - which holds the boiling water- can leave behind mineral deposits which can block the device, according to Jan Dougherty, author of the Lost Art of House Cleaning.

To clean this area, the cleaning expert suggested using white vinegar and pouring it into your machine once a month. 

'If you notice a slight vinegar flavor, run a pot of clean water to rinse out any residual taste,' said Jan.

Washing machine door seal

The washing machine is one of the hardest working appliances in the home and needs regular cleaning to avoid the growth of bacteria (stock photo)

The washing machine is one of the hardest working appliances in the home and needs regular cleaning to avoid the growth of bacteria.

After every use, it's suggested you keep the lid or washing machine door open to allow moisture to properly evaporate. 

This area is a prime breeding ground for mould and mildew because moisture and the residue of detergent often get trapped here. A regular wipe down can keep this in check. 

Dishwasher filter

Certain parts of the dishwasher can be tricky to clean - including the filter, which is where food particles get caught (stock image

Certain parts of the dishwasher can be tricky to clean - including the filter, which is where food particles get caught.

A blocked-up filter can cause overflowing, so experts recommend giving it a clean every week.

It's found on the floor of the dishwasher and can be taken out by simply unscrewing the knob and lifting the filter out.

It can be rinsed with warm water and dishwashing soap, then given a hefty scrub with an old toothbrush and allowed to air-dry before popping it back into place. 

The sides of your oven

With most ovens sitting between cupboards, many homeowners forget to take out their stove every so often for a deep clean.

But if you have any space on either side of your appliance, drips of food could spill down the sides creating filthy splatters and possibly generating unwanted odors.

To clean the area, simply use a disinfectant all-purpose cleaner and wipe. Run the cleaning material through the space on either side of the oven.

When wanting to reach the more challenging spots, attach the wipe or towel to a flattened wire hanger using rubber bands.

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