When we think of the dirtiest place in the house, we quickly think of the toilet: we think that this is where the highest concentration of dangerous bacteria is found. However, the truth is very different. In our house, there are places up to 200 times more contaminated!
The dirtiest places in your house
Dishwashing sponge: All sponges and cloths are a real habitat for bacteria. They are in constant contact with food and moisture, which promotes the rapid multiplication of germs. Remember to replace them as often as possible and dry them thoroughly after each use. Otherwise, instead of cleaning, we will only spread invisible microorganisms.
Space behind furniture: Let’s be honest, how often do we push the sofa, wall unit, or dresser away when vacuuming? If we don’t do it too often, the floor they are placed on is very dirty and the wall is almost black. It is worth doing at least once a month. Thanks to this, we will prevent the color from deteriorating at breakfast and we will have the feeling of a really tidy apartment!
Toothbrush cup: one of the most forgotten objects in the bathroom. After cleaning the sink, toilet, bathtub, and tiles, we consider the cleaning done, well, no. Always remember to wash these types of containers well. They multiply a large number of bacteria that penetrate deep into our body directly on the brush.
Kitchen sink and countertop: Although they appear clean to us, we are deceived by appearances. They find huge deposits of bacteria on them. It’s all the fault of superficial cleaning without bactericidal products. Remember, use them not only in the bathroom! The kitchen is full of dangerous microorganisms that we forget about every day.
Blinds and shutters – All types of curtains and panels are an ideal place to store dust and dirt. We must remember them every time we clean and wipe them with a damp cloth. Fabric curtains are best washed in a washing machine or by hand every month – two, not only dust accumulates on them, but also various bacteria and microorganisms.
Cutting Board – Dr. Chuck Gerba of the University of Arizona argues that the toilet seat is much cleaner than our cutting boards in the kitchen! In his research, he focused, m.in, on fecal bacteria. He sees their presence in the kitchen thanks to the raw meat we cut for them. He also adds that we don’t care about the cutting boards as much as the one in the toilet.
Landline Phone – This is one of those devices that is in constant use, but we don’t necessarily remember to clean it. It is not only dusty, but also a habitat for bacteria. It is worth taking care of it, because the phone has direct contact with our skin.
Keyboard – we touch it every day, but do we wash our hands every time before working on the computer? If not, then probably our keyboard is now a breeding ground for bacteria. Unfortunately, we don’t remember cleaning it either. Our “cleaning” generally involves just wiping down with a screen cloth. However, it is also worth taking care of the keyboard and the spacing between the keys, because a dirty computer is not only unsightly, but can also be dangerous due to the transfer of bacteria to our hands.
Doors: It may sound surprising, but it is the door that is one of the dirtiest places in our home. Not only the door handle, which we touch from time to time, is full of bacteria. The door leaf and door frame are one of the least frequently cleaned places. A lot of dust and dirt is stored in them. It is worth cleaning them with each cleaning. This will not only have a positive effect on your appearance, but also on the hygiene of our home.
Fans and Vents – A lot of dust collects on these and we clean them relatively rarely. Vents are difficult to clean, they have many nooks and crannies where dust collects easily. The same goes for windmills and space heaters. They should be wiped clean with a special cleaning fluid every time we clean the apartment.
We must remember that not only superficial cleaning is important. Just because our house passed the “white glove test” with no problems doesn’t mean it’s really clean. Remember that most dangers await us in places we forget about.