Monica Geller, Courtney Cox’s character from the hit 1990s sitcom, Friends, first introduced me to the concept that cleaning equipment needs to be cleaned, too.
It pains me to say that – while she’s perhaps at times a little extreme – Monica is right.
Here are six cleaning items that actually need their own cleaning regimes. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
The Friends gang once walked in on Monica cleaning her vacuum with a dust-buster.*
When I first saw this episode, I was horrified. However, I also know an over-full, neglected vacuum cleaner can make a room dirtier – rather than cleaner.
One of the lowest points of my domestic life was discovering the ‘black rubber strip’ along the edge of my dishwasher’s door was actually grime.
Newer models are unlikely to ever sink to this level of filth, but all dishwashers need regular cleaning.
The stainless steel drum of your washing machine will generally remain in pretty good condition. It’s the exterior, pipes, lint collector and detergent receptacles that need your cleaning attention.
“Run a bottle of vinegar through your washing machine from time to time to get rid of any build up in the pipes,” says Fiona Anne
Far from being magically exempt, dishcloths and cleaning cloths need regular washing to prevent them becoming one of the dirtiest parts of your house, not to mention smelly.
Regularly clearing your dryer’s filter will save you money (as the dryer will run more efficiently), as well as prevent the lint potentially catching fire.
Don’t wear your best clothes for this job – you may end up fluffy!
It seems so unfair, but the cupboard that actually contains all of those cleaning products and cloths can become surprisingly grotty over time.
Don’t attempt to clean your cleaning cupboard straight after cleaning your house – that’s likely to cause the ultimate cleaning blues.
The last word goes to Jennifer Anniston’s Friends character, Rachel Green. On walking in to find Monica Geller cleaning her vacuum, she exclaims: “Oh, look at her. So happy!’*.
Hopefully, once you’ve cleaned your cleaning items you will be, too.
Vivienne Pearson - With input from Fiona Morris