When you think about the dirtiest places in your home, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? The toilet? The trash can? The kitchen countertop? The floor? Well, although these places easily get dirty, some others are usually even dirtier and often go unnoticed. You see, for a place to be extremely dirty, it doesn’t need to be visibly dirty. The most harmful type of dirt is invisible –germs. These microscopic critters are all over the place and present a huge health risk. That’s why some of the surfaces on this list might surprise you. Keep this in mind the next time you grab your cleaning products to do your house chores.
Here are some of the places in your home that are dirtier than you think!
1. Light Switches, Doorknobs, And Faucets
We decided to mention these three different surfaces at the same time because they are very similar. We touch all of them with our hands several times a day, and it’s not always after washing our hands. So it is normal that after a while an abysmal amount of germs have accumulated there, It is very important to clean these surfaces with disinfecting products from time to time. If they are contaminated, we easily end up cross-contaminating other surfaces of our house and potentially spread infections to other family members. Oh, and don’t forget to disinfect the refrigerator handles, stove knobs, and microwave handles!
2. Electronic Devices
As you may already know, our hands are like germ nests. Every item and surface we touch throughout our day end up contaminating our hands. And we are constantly touching our electronic devices. Think about it. You probably spend a good amount of hours per day with your smartphone in hands, typing on your computer keyboard, or even holding your remote control while zapping. So it is not surprising that all these items are disgustingly dirty. When you are disinfecting your home, also remember to disinfect your electronic devices. If you are not sure about which sanitizing products you can use to disinfect your most delicate electronics, do your research or ask a tech expert about it!
3. Kitchen Cabinet Handles
More handles. These surfaces get inevitably dirty. The biggest danger about kitchen cabinet handles is precisely the fact that they are in the kitchen. So, the chances are that you might touch these surfaces while handling and preparing raw food. If you decided to test your dirty cabinet handles in a lab, you would probably find bacteria commonly present in food, such as E. coli or Salmonella. If there is one thing you have learned today, we hope that is that all surfaces where several different hands touch must be disinfected as frequently as possible.
4. Ceiling Fans
If there is a place that you forget to clean in your house, this is the one, right? Be honest, when was the last time that you cleaned the dust off your ceiling fan blades? You probably don’t even remember it. These surfaces are incredibly difficult to reach and, therefore, hard to clean properly. It seems that every time someone attempts to clean ceiling fans, they just end up spreading the dirt and dust all over the room. If you often struggle with this task, here’s a cleaning hack that you’ll be glad to know. How to clean ceiling fans without making a mess: – Grab an old pillowcase or t-shirt. – Slide it over one fan blade at the time. – The dust and dirt will stay contained inside the pillowcase or t-shirt, and you can wash it safely after you finish cleaning all fan blades.
5. Sofa Cushions And Mattress
For some reason, most people ignore the sofa cushions and mattresses during their house cleaning routine. We are not saying that you need to deep clean them every week. But at least use the vacuum cleaner to eliminate dust and things like dust mites. It is also important to use a removable mattress cover since it gives you an extra layer of protection, and you can easily wash it and put it back on.
6. Toothbrush Holder
Surprising as it may seem, this is the dirtiest item of your bathroom. Do you want to know why? Well, you’ll probably store your toothbrush elsewhere after reading the following paragraphs. When you put your toothbrush in this little holder, bacteria from your mouth and toothpaste gunk accumulate in the bottom. This moisty environment is the perfect place for these bacterias to flourish. Moreover, if the toothbrush holder is close to the toilet, it will pick up the bacteria that are spread into the air when you flush your toilet. That’s right! To make matters worse, many people seem to forget to clean this item for extended periods. If you have a toothbrush holder, put it as far away from the toilet as possible and clean it at least twice a week.
7. Pet Food Bowls
Ideally, pet food bowls should be thoroughly cleaned every night (every two days is also fine). If you have a pet, you should get used to washing this item once you finish washing the dishes from dinner. Otherwise, your beloved pet will be picking up more than 2.000 bacteria per square inch every time he licks the surface of the bowl, trying to grab the last pieces of his food. This amount of bacteria may lead to a series of infectious diseases that may jeopardize your pet’s health. Also, remember to wash your pet’s toys now and then!
When wet laundry is in the washing machine for some time, it will create the perfect environment for germs to grow and flourish. And it can happen pretty quickly – after thirty minutes, you might as well wash all the fabrics one more time. Make sure you take the clothes out of the washing machine immediately after the washing cycle ends.