Practical Tips To Keep Germs Away From Hard-To-Wash Fabrics In Between Washes

Learn how you can make your curtains, pillows, mattresses, and other hard-to-wash fabrics smell mabango, too!

If there’s one thing mothers can’t stand, it’s living in a messy and potentially germ-filled home. To protect her family, she’ll use a variety of cleaning methods to make every nook and cranny squeaky clean and germ-free.

Just because you can’t see dirt or dust on sheets, fabrics, and furniture doesn’t mean they’re clean. Germs and microscopic debris — also known as “germumus” —hide and grow on hard-to-wash fabrics and would take more than a daily vacuum, dusting, punas, or pagpag to clean them thoroughly.

When germs build up on hard-to-wash fabrics, it can also lead to an off-putting, foul odor. These “germumus” could also potentially wreak havoc on skin upon contact, as well as on the family’s overall health.

That’s why it’s important to maintain a general upkeep of your home to avoid germs and bad odor from developing in your sheets and fabrics. More than just pagpag and punas-punas, here are some tips to give your hard-to-wash items some extra TLC, and keep them clean in between washes.

1. Brush the surfaces of your sofa

Your fabric-covered sofa may be comfortable to sit and lay on, but what you are likely not noticing is the dirt and bacteria that have settled in its corners and tiny gaps.

Freshen it up by brushing the surface with a stiff-bristle brush to loosen up stains, dirt, and dust. Then, use a vacuum to get rid of the loosened particles.

2. Use a lint roller and fabric steamer on your curtains

Curtains might be pretty to look at from afar; close-up, probably not so much. You’ll see dust and dirt — probably even cobwebs, too! What more, when the room gets a bit humid, it may enable the growth of molds too!

Without taking your curtains down, use a lint roller to remove dirt, dust, and other loose particles. Then, use a fabric steamer to help loosen stains and dirt from your curtain. You can also place a dehumidifier next to your curtains to help prevent mold.

3. Sprinkle baking soda on your mattresses

Imagine how much drool, sweat, and dead skin has settled in your mattress — aside from the allergens, dust mites, and bacteria also living in it. After all, a mattress is a piece of furniture you spend at least eight hours a day on, so it’s important to keep it clean between washes.

To do this, strip the sheets off the mattress and vacuum its entire surface, making sure to pay special attention to the sides, seams, and crevices. Sprinkle baking soda on the top of the mattress and leave it for several hours to let it absorb moisture and odor.

If possible, place the mattress under the sun to help kill mold and bacteria. Once ready, vacuum the surface one last time to remove the baking soda.

4. Steam your bedsheets while they're still on the mattresses

Similar to your mattress, your bedsheets also carry dust, dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells. Don’t wait for the next laundry day to give them a quick refresh. Just use a fabric steamer. You can also iron your bedsheets while they’re still on the mattress, but make sure to switch on the steam setting.

Steaming temperatures of 167 degrees Celsius and above can help kill some respiratory viruses, germs, odor-causing bacteria, and dust mites hiding away in your duvet and pillowcases.

The easy solution to keep the “germumus” away

But let's face it, moms: Do you have the time and effort to do this every day?

While tips and hacks can help remove surface dust and dirt from your hard-to-wash household items, germs and bacteria continue to thrive and can grow exponentially over time.

Here’s a smart and convenient tip to keep these items germ-free: Use Downy Antibac Fabric Spray!

Downy Antibac Fabric Spray is finally in the Philippines! This product is here to help busy moms everywhere make sure that all hard-to-wash fabrics like curtains, mattresses, and sofas at home are clean and germ-free.

With its antibacterial formula that can be easily sprayed on fabrics, moms can now make sure that their house and family are safe from “germumus” while enjoying Downy’s signature freshness.

Using Downy Antibac Fabric Spray is extremely easy. First, twist the spray cap to where it reads, “ON.” Then, position the spray 20 to 30 centimeters away from the hard-to-wash item and spray repeatedly until the surface is damp. After spraying, let the fabric or sheet air dry. Make sure to twist the spray cap “OFF” after use.

Ideally, Downy Antibac Fabric Spray is to be used three to five times per day for refreshed, “instabango” fabrics.

Remember: pagpag and punas are not enough to get rid of “germumus” lurking in your hard-to-wash fabrics! But with these tips and the Downy Antibac Fabric Spray, you can be assured that your household items are clean while smelling good.

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This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Downy.