My family has been using a 'telephone'-style shower for quite a while now.
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Though we like having the handheld sprayer, there have always been some problems. The sprayer fits into a little bracket, but sometimes twists so the spray goes sideways. My wife, who is almost blind when she takes her glasses off, has a heck of a time getting the sprayer back where it goes. And ditto for our grandchildren, who can’t reach it easily. However, the new Moen Attract handheld shower with magnetic docking may have solved all those problems.
The sprayer is held to its base with a magnet and is designed to slip into place every time, perfectly aligned. No twisting, and no need to lift it high to get it out. Some other nice features: six spray patterns, a 60-in. kink-free metal hose and the choice of a spot-resistant brushed nickel finish. Installation is as simple as unscrewing the older showerhead and screwing on the new one, with a little Teflon tape for insurance. The Attract showerhead is a couple inches lower than the telephone-style unit it replaced, so if you’re tall, you should consider that.
Your showerhead should get a wipe down every two weeks, and a deep cleaning twice a year or more depending on how much use it’s getting. Don’t fear, you won’t have to remove your showerhead to clean it, you just need a few items you probably have around the house to give it a solid cleaning.
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If your laundry hamper is made of plastic, you’re in luck! You might just want to wipe it down every once in a while, but if it’s fabric-lined you’ll need to give it a spin in your washer’s delicate cycle to rid it of any lingering odors and grime. These are the best household cleaning supplies around.
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Even if you pull the hair out of your hairbrushes and combs, they should still get a little rinse off every so often to get rid of any lingering debris and residue left behind from your hair products. Give them an overnight soak in warm water and baking soda (seriously, what can’t baking soda do?) to have them feeling brand new.
Your shower curtain attracts all kinds of yucky mildew and more from being in a moist environment like a steamy shower, so it’s best to give it a good wipe down with baking soda or a turn in the washer every once in a while. Learn how to make your own cleaning solution with simple ingredients.
Your steering wheel carries with it the germs that your hands have brought from wherever your day may take you. Even if you are diligent about vacuuming your car interior and taking it for a spin in the car wash, your steering wheel might not get wiped down as often as it should be.
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Doorknobs and Locks
Between the pantry, your front door, and especially your bathroom, doorknobs are centers for a germ party that you don’t want to be a part of (they’re among the dirtiest spots in your home). Just wipe them down with a disinfectant at least once a week to keep germs away.