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21 Dirtiest Places in Your Home

by Max Dichter

July 30th, 2019

Some of the dirtiest places in your home are in plain sight. It is not always corners that become the filthiest with bacteria and other microbes. If you want to keep your home safe and sanitary, you need to seek out and clean these 21 common places in the main rooms that tend to be the dirtiest in most homes.

Living Areas and Family Rooms

Where you spend time relaxing can harbor dirty or unsanitary items. In your living areas, family room and office, you will want to take the time to clean these items.

  1. Walls. Every wall gets touched with dirty fingers or covered with mold spores, dust and other small microbes. Wipe down walls periodically from top to bottom to keep rooms sanitary.

  2. Light switches. The most touched items on the walls, light switches need frequent sanitizing.

  3. Remote controls. Have you cleaned your remote lately? If not, it is probably covered with a layer of grime on the buttons from TV snack residue left on fingers.

  4. Keyboards. Same as the remote, fingers leave behind oil and grime on your computer’s keyboard and mouse.

  5. Touchscreens. Cell phones, iPads, home controls and other devices with touchscreens need to be cleaned from time to time.

  6. Pet toys and dishes. Your furry family members have items that can become unhealthy if not cleaned. Throw pet dishes and hard toys through the dishwasher – soft toys can be washed with clothes.

  7. Hand rails. Make sure your staircase hand rails get routine cleaning at least once a week.

  8. Door knobs. Every door knob can harbor viruses and bacteria – sanitize them regularly to keep a healthy home.

Bathrooms and Bedrooms

Your private areas also can be harboring bacteria, mold and mildew. Along with the walls, door knobs and light switches, as well as tech devices, clean these items in bathrooms and bedrooms:

  1. Shower curtains. If you have a shower curtain, it can become a haven for mold and mildew. Use a half and half vinegar/water mixture to spray on shower liners or vinyl curtains a few times a week and wash cloth curtains at least once a month.

  2. Toothbrushes. Yes, the toothbrush you put in your mouth a few times a day is likely to be covered in bacteria. Use a UV cleaner or put your toothbrush through the dishwasher at least once a week to sanitize.

  3. Mattresses. One of the dirtiest items in many homes? Mattresses. These have dead skin, bacteria and mold spores trapped in the material. Spot clean and vacuum every six months and bring outside into the sun if possible, to allow the sun’s UV rays to kill bacteria.

Kitchen

Where you make your food is most likely the dirtiest place in your home. These are some of the top places that are unsanitary in kitchens:

  1. Can opener. Food debris is left on can openers that can breed bacteria. Make sure to wash this device after each use.

  2. Stove or oven knobs. Take the knobs off your oven or range once a week to thoroughly clean them.

  3. Sinks. All the dirty dishes and food prep can leave your sinks full of bacteria. Washing it after removing the dishes with vinegar and baking soda can keep it clean.

  4. Garbage disposal. While you are unlikely to touch the garbage disposal, you can smell it. Clean it by grinding ice cubes, then flushing with ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar.

  5. Faucets. Make sure to wipe the kitchen sink faucets every day to stop the spread of deadly bacteria from raw foods.

  6. Refrigerator door handles. In the midst of handling raw foods, many at-home cooks may need to grab something out of the fridge. Bacteria can flourish on refrigerator handles if not cleaned regularly.

  7. Cutting boards. After using a cutting board, it needs to be sanitized. Wood boards are best sanitized using vinegar, not soap and water.

  8. Garbage cans. It should be no surprise that garbage cans in the kitchen are covered in bacteria. Sanitizing the can weekly can kill bacteria and keep odors at bay.

  9. Coffee maker. Often a forgotten area, the reservoir of your coffee maker can harbor bacteria that can be detrimental to your health. Rinse and wipe out the reservoir with vinegar to kill contaminants.

  10. Sponge. Cleaning your dishes with a smelly sponge may be spreading more bacteria instead of removing them. Microwave your sponge for about 1 ½ minutes or run through the dishwasher to sanitize.

Cleaning these dirty areas can make your home safer for your family. Add these tasks to your normal cleaning routine to keep your home clean and sanitary.