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How to "properly" clean and maintain

Tips, rules for cleaning and caring for the household

With the "correct" and sustainable cleaning and care you can achieve a lot:

... for the environment
... for your health and hygiene
... for maintaining the value of objects, surfaces and devices
... for your household budget
... for yourself, because you achieve better results with less working time

Just observe the following 18 golden rules for care and cleaning ...

Six golden rules for cleaning in general

and their explanations

Status: November 2016

1. Select cleaning agent according to the type of soiling (e.g. grease or lime) and surface material. Dose according to the manufacturer's instructions (note the yield of concentrates!).

The use of agents that are suitable for the respective type of pollution (e.g. lime or grease) and the surface material reduces the workload and is gentle on the material. Dosing errors can be avoided by following the manufacturer's instructions.

2. Always keep cleaning agent in the original container to avoid mix-ups.

If cleaning agents are poured into beverage bottles, for example, there is a risk of confusion with food.

3. Generally clean with cold water, only use hot water if it is heavily soiled by grease.

Energy is required to heat water. However, the usual soiling in the apartment can usually be removed with cold water and, if necessary, cleaning agents. Cleaning with cold water saves resources.

4. Use separate cleaning textiles such as sponges and cloths for the kitchen and bathroom as well as the different areas (e.g. sink, floors, toilet, washbasin).

The use of separate cleaning textiles for the kitchen and bathroom as well as in the different areas of these rooms is a hygienic measure to prevent the spread of germs via textiles.

5. Do not clean plastic surfaces (e.g. shower cubicle) and sensitive stainless steel surfaces (e.g. refrigerator door) with an abrasive sponge.

Scratch-sensitive surfaces can be damaged if unsuitable cleaning utensils are used. For reasons of material protection and value retention, cleaning utensils that are suitable for these materials should therefore be used for these surfaces.

6. Remove and decalcify filters in taps regularly. Use strainer inserts for drains to prevent clogging.

If the filters in the taps are not cleaned regularly, they can become clogged with deposits (e.g. limescale, rust). Coarse pieces and hairs can cause clogging of drainpipes. To ensure that the taps and drains function properly, the sieves should therefore be regularly decalcified and the drains fitted with coarse protective sieves.

 

 

Six golden rules for cleaning the bathroom and toilet

and their explanations

Status: November 2016

1. Dry the shower and bathtub with a squeegee or cloth after use.

Drying the surfaces after use prevents limescale stains. This reduces the need for cleaning and thus reduces the use of resources.

2. Do not throw rubbish, leftover food, or toiletries in the toilet.

Leftover food can attract rats, and toiletries and other litter can clog drainpipes. Proper disposal therefore prevents problems caused by constipation or rats.

3. Thoroughly clean the toilet regularly, e.g. B. also under the pool edge.

The cleaning of the toilet bowl from limescale and dirt serves the hygiene and the functional maintenance (e.g. for the even distribution of water under the edge of the bowl).

4. Clean the toilet brush regularly (e.g. leave cleaning agent in the siphon water on the toilet brush).

Regularly cleaning the toilet brush prevents mold and other microorganisms from growing on the toilet brush.

5. Disinfection of the bathroom and toilet is normally not necessary.

By not using disinfectants, the unnecessary use of chemicals is avoided and their entry into the environment is reduced.

6. Hang towels airy so they can dry quickly.

Bacteria and mold need moisture to grow. If the towels dry quickly, microorganisms have less chance of growth. Therefore, airy hanging reduces possible bacterial growth and prevents mold stains or mold formation.

 

 

Six golden rules for cleaning the kitchen

and their explanations

Status: November 2016

1. Tidy up the refrigerator at least once a month and also clean the inside.

Cleaning the refrigerator and disposing of spoiled food are hygiene measures that reduce the spread of germs in the refrigerator.

2. Clean the stove and oven immediately after they have cooled down. In addition, clean the extractor hood regularly.

Dried or burnt-in dirt is more difficult to remove than fresh dirt. Immediate or regular cleaning prevents the formation of dirt that is difficult to remove.

3. Descale the kettle and coffee machine regularly.

A layer of lime worsens the heat dissipation to the water. This can both damage the heating element and increase the time required to heat it up. In addition, limescale deposits in the lines, e.g. B. in coffee machines, lead to blockages and thereby shorten the life of the devices.

4. Keep work surfaces free and clean.

A free area makes cleaning easier and prevents "dirty corners".

5. Clean storage cupboards twice a year and check food supplies for shelf life and pest infestation, use storage containers that close as tightly as possible.

Regular cleaning of the storage cupboards and the use of tightly closing storage containers reduce the possibility of germs and pests spreading, e.g. B. Cereal moths.

6. Empty and clean the waste container regularly.

Mold and bacteria grow in the waste, which can get into the room when the waste container is opened. Regular emptying and cleaning of the container prevents or eliminates the (excessive) formation of mold. It also prevents pest infestation.

 

Six golden rules for the safe use of detergents, care products and cleaning agents

and their explanations

Status: January 2021

1. Always keep detergents, care products and cleaning agents closed and out of the reach of children or people with intellectual disabilities.

This safety measure reduces the risk of accidents with detergents, care products and cleaning agents (e.g. swallowing or eye contact) for children and people with a mental impairment (e.g. people suffering from dementia).

If washing, care and cleaning agents are swallowed, call the nearest poison information center and have the packaging of the swallowed agent ready.No Induce vomiting!

List of poison information centers in Germany:

https://www.bfr.bund.de/de/giftinformationszentren-70325.html

2. Never pour detergents, care products or cleaning agents into food containers (e.g. beverage bottles, canning jars, cups) or store them in them.

This is to prevent detergents, care and cleaning agents from being confused with food and therefore being drunk or swallowed. Only fill refill packs in the original packaging provided with the current label.

If washing, care and cleaning agents are swallowed, call the nearest poison information center and have the packaging of the swallowed agent ready.No Induce vomiting!

List of poison information centers in Germany:

https://www.bfr.bund.de/de/giftinformationszentren-70325.html

3. Always store detergents, care products and cleaning agents separately from food.

These safety measures reduce the risk of detergents, care products and cleaning agents being confused with food and therefore being drunk or swallowed.

If washing, care and cleaning agents are swallowed, call the nearest poison information center and have the packaging of the swallowed agent ready.No Induce vomiting!

List of poison information centers in Germany:

https://www.bfr.bund.de/de/giftinformationszentren-70325.html

4. Do not mix different cleaning agents with one another.

Never use products containing chlorine-based bleach (chlorine bleach) together with other products, as dangerous gases (chlorine) can be released.

Mixing other detergents, care products and cleaning agents can mean that they no longer work, e.g. B. because they neutralize each other (acids and bases).

5. If detergents, care products and cleaning agents have been swallowed, never induce vomiting. Call the poison information center instead!
6. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. If a detergent, care product or cleaning agent has got into the eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.

Detergents, care products and cleaning agents can be irritating if they come into contact with the eyes and for prolonged periods of time. In such cases, the detergent, care product or cleaning agent should be rinsed off or rinsed off thoroughly with water.

In the event of pain or visual disturbances, a poison control center should be called or an ophthalmologist should be consulted.

List of poison information centers in Germany:

https://www.bfr.bund.de/de/giftinformationszentren-70325.html

 

 

Questions and answers about correct cleaning and care

Do you have specific questions about perfect household cleaning?

Here you will find answers to cleaning and care in the kitchen, bathroom and toilet ...