When it comes to cleaning your home, are you sure you’re addressing all the necessary areas? We tend to focus on the obvious surfaces and objects, but there are many overlooked places that accumulate dirt and germs.

Keeping a clean and tidy home is not only visually appealing but also essential for maintaining a healthy living environment. However, there are certain areas and objects in our homes that we often forget to clean or simply overlook.

To ensure a truly clean and germ-free environment, it’s important to include these often neglected areas in your cleaning routine. In this article, we will highlight the essential cleaning checklist and provide tips on how to tackle those often overlooked places and objects in your home.

Overlooked Objects You Should Clean Regularly

TV Remote

One of the most overlooked objects in your home when you clean is your TV remote. Did you know that your TV remote can harbour thousands of germs and bacteria? These microorganisms can easily transfer from person to person because the remote is the most touched object in your lounge.

Regularly cleaning your TV remote can help prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of illness among household members. The frequency of disinfecting your TV remote will depend on how often it is used and how many people handle it.

It’s generally recommended to clean the remote at least once a week, or more frequently if it’s used by multiple people. Using Zoflora disinfecting wipes or a solution of rubbing alcohol and water can effectively clean and sanitise the remote.


Another overlooked object that people don’t consider when cleaning is the house telephone.  Phones are a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Many people in your household handle the telephone and germs and pathogens can transfer easily to the device.

To disinfect your telephone without damaging it, you can use Zoflora wipes. These wipes remove 99.9% of all germs and bacteria to stop the spread of illnesses in your home.

Travel Suitcases

Suitcases come into contact with various surfaces during travel, such as airport security trays, baggage handling systems, and hotel rooms. These surfaces can harbour germs and bacteria that can potentially cause illness. Disinfecting the suitcase helps eliminate these pathogens, reducing the risk of spreading infections to oneself or others.

For this task we recommend using Zoflora mist especially if they’re covered in fabric. Spray the bag using your Zoflora mist and use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe it down. We recommend doing this before and after you travel.

You can also dilute Zoflora in a small 250ml spray bottle by adding water and half a cap of Zoflora concentrate so you can disinfect your bag as soon as you get off your flight.

TV Screens

People always overlook cleaning their TVs because they don’t notice the dust build up on the screen or on top of the device. To clean your screen without damaging it, use Zoflora wipes. It will remove dirt, grime, and germs and leave a pleasant fragrance behind.

Computer Mouse

It’s important to disinfect a computer mouse because it’s a frequently touched surface that can harbour bacteria and viruses. As we use the mouse daily, it comes into contact with our hands, which may carry germs from various sources.

These germs can then transfer onto the mouse’s surface and potentially be transmitted to other users if the mouse is shared or if we touch our faces after using it. Use Zoflora wipes to clean your computer mouse and remove harmful germs from its surface.


Rugs can accumulate dirt, dust, bacteria, allergens, and even mould over time. These particles can be harmful to our health, especially for individuals with allergies or respiratory conditions.

Regular cleaning not only removes these contaminants but also helps to eliminate unpleasant odours and stains that can develop on rugs. Furthermore, you should also disinfect your rugs with Zoflora mist. Choose a fragrance that you love and disinfect your carpets once every 3 to 4 days by spraying the mist over your rugs.

Pet Beds

Pet beds can harbour dirt, bacteria, allergens, and parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites. These pathogens can cause skin irritations, and allergies, and even transmit diseases to pets and humans.

Additionally, pets often shed fur and dander onto their beds, which can exacerbate allergies and respiratory issues for those with sensitivities. You can clean and disinfect your pet’s bedding by throwing the items into a washing machine and adding one cap of Zoflora concentrate to the rinse cycle.

Overlooked Areas in and Around Your Home to Clean

Car Interior

The car interior can accumulate dirt, dust, and bacteria over time, especially in areas that are frequently touched such as the steering wheel, door handles, and gear shift. These surfaces can harbour germs and potentially spread illnesses if not properly cleaned.

Regular cleaning helps to remove dirt and grime, reducing the risk of bacterial growth. You should also disinfect surfaces using Zoflora wipes or spray.

Skirting Boards

You must disinfect skirting boards because they are often overlooked but can accumulate dirt, dust, and bacteria over time. Skirting boards are located at the bottom of walls and are prone to collecting dust and other debris that can easily be kicked or pushed against them.

Disinfecting skirting boards not only helps to maintain a clean and hygienic environment but also prevents the spread of germs and allergens, promoting better indoor air quality.


Windowsills are often exposed to moisture, making them a breeding ground for mould and mildew. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of windowsills can help prevent the growth of these harmful microorganisms and reduce the risk of respiratory issues.

Furthermore, windowsills are frequently touched surfaces, especially in households or commercial spaces with children or high foot traffic. Disinfecting them can help eliminate germs and bacteria that may be transferred through contact.

Light Switches

Another overlooked area that you may miss when cleaning is your light switches. When you look at your light switches closely you may notice brown marks or a sticky residue. This is dirt and grime and possibly the accumulation of bacteria.

You can keep your light switches clean using Zoflora wipes. These wipes remove stains, dirt, and bacteria quickly and easily.

On Top of Fridges

The area on top of fridges is often overlooked when it comes to cleaning because it is out of sight and not easily accessible. Dust and other debris can accumulate on top of fridges, which can harbour bacteria and allergens. These particles can contaminate the air and potentially affect the quality of the food stored in the fridge. 

To clean the top of your fridge, fill a bucket of water and add two caps of Zoflora concentrate to the mixture. Dip a soft cloth into the solution, wring it out, and use it to remove dust and dirt from the top of the fridge. Rinse the cloth out with each wipe.

Inside Cupboards

People tend to focus on visible surfaces like countertops and floors, neglecting the hidden spaces like inside cupboards where dirt, dust, and food crumbs can accumulate over time.

Food particles left behind can attract insects and rodents, leading to potential health risks. Cleaning the inside of your cupboards helps maintain hygiene and prevents the growth of bacteria, pests, and mould.

Final Thoughts

The essential cleaning checklist provided above highlights the often overlooked places and objects in your home that require attention. By regularly cleaning these areas, you can maintain a clean and healthy living environment for you and your family.

Remember to prioritise areas such as light switches, doorknobs, and electronic devices, as they can harbour germs and bacteria. By following this checklist, you can ensure that every nook and cranny of your home is thoroughly cleaned, leaving you with a fresh and pristine space to enjoy. Happy cleaning!