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Clean Your Mailbox

Why Do This?

Your magazines, bills and letters all have one thing in common – they’re covered with bacteria! In fact, a whopping 68 percent of mailbox handles are dirty enough to transmit illnesses. And that’s just the handles – think about what’s living inside of your mailbox! Paying bills is painful enough without picking up germs in the process, so take a few minutes to give your mailbox a good clean.

Difficulty:
Time: 15 minutes

How To:

If your mailbox is iron. It will have unique cleaning needs and can’t be cleaned with the method listed below.

If your mailbox is wood. Open it up – chances are, the inside of the box is plastic or metal. If that’s the case, clean the inside of the box and the handles using the steps below, but skip the wood. If your entire mailbox is wood (including the area where the letters are stored) then follow the same basic cleaning method you would use for wood siding.

If your mailbox is plastic or aluminum. Use the steps below to clean it!

  1. 1

    Remove the mail. Regardless of your mailbox type, make sure it’s empty before you start the cleaning process.

  2. 2

    Remove dirt. First, mix a few drops of dish soap with lukewarm water. Scrub the entire mailbox (inside and outside) with a sponge or wire brush dipped in the dish soap solution. Make sure you get rid of any bird droppings and mold or mildew (you may need a few extra squirts of dish soap for that job). Rinse the mailbox with water until the suds are gone. If your box is aluminum, dry it completely with a soft cloth or paper towel to prevent rust.

  3. 3

    Fight bacteria. Now it’s time to tackle the bacteria buildup (many dish soaps aren’t antibacterial). Grab a disinfectant spray (if you don’t have one, white vinegar works in a pinch) and liberally spray the handles and the inside of the mailbox. Then wipe the spray away using a soft cloth or paper towel.

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