The Dirtiest Places in Your Home
We all know the importance of avoiding bacteria when out in public. Door handles and hand railings are often covered with germs that can make you sick if you are not washing your hands regularly. You might not be aware of how many germs are in your own house, though. While some types of bacteria are good for your body, you should be mindful of the bad bacteria in these dirtiest places in your home.
Bathrooms are the most obvious rooms that need a lot of cleaning. Most people clean and sanitize the toilet, sink, tub, shower walls, and counters often. Be sure to also wash the bathroom mat and disinfect toothbrush holders—those are some of the germiest items in your bathroom.
The family room is an informal space for watching TV, reading, chatting, and doing fun activities. However, you mustn’t get casual about cleaning in there because it’s used so often. Frequently vacuum floors and sofas. Clean coffee tables, banisters, and fireplace mantels. Certain items, like remotes, are among the dirtiest, so disinfect them regularly.
From kids’ fingerprints to pets smudging the glass with their wet noses, your patio doors can become unsightly and germ-ridden. Luckily, there are ways to properly clean a patio door so that it’s germ-free and looks neat.
Home offices and family computer rooms are dirty because they are used so often. The keyboard and mouse have the most bacteria, of course, so disinfect those items after each use. Use keyboard and screen cleaners for dirt and dust. If you have tablets, wipe them down with an alcohol wipe after each use.
Another one of the dirtiest places in your home is the kitchen sink. From food remnants to raw meat contaminants, it can quickly become a germy basin. The kitchen sink can attract pests like ants and fruit flies and can have repugnant smells if not taken care of properly. Scrub it with dish soap and disinfect it every night. If you have a garbage disposal, run it for about a minute with hot water. You can also clean it by disposing of citrus fruit peels. Be sure to wash or disinfect dish sponges, rags, and towels, too. They are hotspots for bacteria around your sink.
While it seems odd for a place where you clean clothes, the laundry room is a surprisingly filthy area. Be sure to wipe down surfaces if folding clothes. Clean the washer drum with a disinfectant wipe often. Use hot or warm water to help kill certain bacteria. Most importantly, never leave wet clothes in the wash for more than a half-hour. It is a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria that can even ruin clothes with a musty smell.
Thank you for bringing this up. If you use ducted HVAC systems, then you also should remember about air ducts. Your air ducts are responsible for circulating air throughout your home and over time they can become congested with dust, dirt, and other debris, which can lead to decreased air quality and increased allergies. However, it may be difficult to identify that ducts are dirty. Simply because it’s hidden from our eyes.
Bathrooms and other rooms in your home with higher humidity levels are also susceptible to mold growth. While mold doesn’t scare us as much as pets and stuff, it threatens our health (difficulty breathing, allergy symptoms) and property (warping wooden furniture).