People Reveal Things That We Don't Clean As Often As We Should
People Reveal Things That We Don't Clean As Often As We Should
We like to think we're cleaner than we really are. Sometimes, we declare we have "OCD" and our house or apartment has to be cleaned in a special way. Then, you move the TV stand out of the way and witness a horror of clumped hair and dust bunnies so ravenous, you've suddenly lost control of your home. There's always a spot we're missing on our cleaning day, and Reddit user, r/Indignant_Latina, wanted to know when they asked:
What is supposed to be cleaned often or at least regularly that no one actually remembers to clean until it's gotten really bad?
It's The One We All Knew
I'm cleaning my apartment right now, can confirm.
Never Forget: Lint Is Death
2,900 clothes dryers catch fire every year because people forget to clean out their lint trap.
*slowly stops sipping coffee
The amount of mold I found in the office one made me never use it again.
Something For Sure We Never Think About
IDK which are worse, the kitchen or the bathroom ones, but it's not something you think about too much, but when you see them you'll realize just how filthy they are.
Desert Towns, Take Note
I used to be a professional cleaner. Our crew would clean the ductwork in public schools over the summer. Some of these schools had gone years, even a decade without cleaning.
They would say "oh our AC is so sh---y and old, it barely cools down the rooms anymore."
But nah. These schools had compressors that could terraform the f---ing moon. They just couldn't force air through the supplies that were clogged with 10 years worth of dust (dead flesh).
Toothbrush holder. Those things collect a lot of liquid which eventually turns to slime.
But The Alcohol Kills It, Right?
Beer taps and pressure lines and the ice machine at every restaurant.
In some bars, the beer lines. You can really tell the difference between beer from decent lines and stuff not looked after.
Reading On Your Laptop? Don't Look Down
Holy f-ck I did not notice how many crumbs and other things were stuck in between the keys.
High Price To Pay For Easy Breathing
They are actually one of the leading causes of legionaries disease and can actually be pretty dangerous (especially for the very young and very old.)
Did Anyone Know This Was A Thing?
I just did ours earlier today because the dishes weren't getting washed.
Otherwise Known As: Jerks
Inside of the microwave:
Especially the microwave at work after employees let their uncovered food spatter (or explode) while heating it.
How Do We Escape?
You know how often you push open a door instead of using the handle? It's a lot. Whether you're holding open a door for someone or don't bother closing it all the way, its there and it builds up. Same with trim around doorways.
Why do people feel the need to grab it? Black gunk just slowly builds up
Saves On Water
Gym clothes. You wouldn't believe how ripe they can get after just a few days.
People don't wash them after each use?? Wtf?
*slowly pulls off glasses
The hinges of their glasses.
I pulled mine off about an hour ago to get a smudge off and stared in horror at the waxy build up on the hinges
Take A Look At Al That Dust
You rarely need to clean them but if you go years without touching it, it will start to affect your performance.
They Go With Us Everywhere
Wipe it down with alcohol every once in a while
Ew. Ew. EW.
Actually, air conditioners.
My mum never cleaned ours before it was used for the first time in a few months and while we were just under where it sits she turned it on and hundreds (no exaggeration) of baby red back spiders rained down onto us causing the biggest panic my family has ever experienced...
10/10 would recommend cleaning your air conditioners...
But Aren't They Self Cleaning?
After every use clean the brush bit at the front, particularly of hairs.
Will save you money in the long run.
*slowly moves mouse to 'Clear History'
this is the correct answer
And With That, Happy Cleaning Everybody
Walk over to your faucet. You almost certainly have one in either your bathroom or your kitchen, because those are the places where people usually keep their faucets. (Faucets should not be confused with spigots, which are the faucet-like fixtures that are sometimes found outside of houses.)
Anyway, you probably clean your faucet fairly often, if only via accidental splashing during food-preparation or face-beautifying activities. There might be a little bit of residue on the metal -- the remnants of spat-out toothpaste, perhaps, or maybe stains left over from a mishap with some variety of sauce -- but on the whole, that valve-operated spout likely looks pretty close to spotless. What you don't see, though, is that there's a colony of potentially deadly microorganisms waiting just out of sight, possibly commingling with an equally distressing contamination of mold.
Reach over to your faucet, and take hold of it just above where the water comes out. If you twist that area just right, you'll discover that there's a detachable filter of sorts. Most people pay very little attention to this element... but if you're one of the unlucky souls who have been invaded by bacteria and spores, you'll soon realize that a dark slime has congealed within it.
You've been drinking that.
Fortunately, it's easy enough to remove the offending sludge: Just pour a bit of bleach into the unattached filter, rinse it out with hot water, then repeat that process until the mesh looks clean enough to stick in your mouth. (Don't actually stick it in your mouth, though. It's a choking hazard.) Run some more hot water through it after you've replaced the piece, then forget about it again. It's not like you really need to clean it that often, anyway.
After all... you've been drinking that.
TL;DR: There's a good chance that your faucet has been serving you with generous helpings of mold.
Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.
Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.