The Most Dirtiest Places In Your Home And How To Clean Them

It wouldn’t take a scientific study to convince you that your pristine and tidy kitchen may still be dirtier than your bathroom. Here is a little truth about germs and where they accumulate the most. Many exist in plain sight (that’s if you could see them) on surfaces in your home you only thought were clean but actually contain many germs. Be sure to look at these areas in more detail the next time you ate cleaning.

1. Kitchen: Sink Area

Raw meat, raw fish, what’s left over after dinner — the sink has plenty of growing bacteria. Give your sink a good scrub with baking soda, then follow up with vinegar to completely sanitize.

2. Coffee Machine

Your morning cup of coffee may just have more than caffeine in it. It may also be full of microbes. That’s because the water reservoir on your coffeemaker is an incubator of germs that will make you poorly. Remove the reservoir at least once a month and wash it with hot, soapy water.

3. Garbage Bin

Given you probably take out your trash every day, you need to clean the garbage bin too. A bin is dirtier than a toilet seat. Bust the bacteria by wiping the outside of the can down with hot, soapy water and a sponge once a week. Once a month, take the can outside, spray the interior with a mix of bleach and water, and hose it out.

4. Refrigerator Handle

Germs are ever present on refrigerator handles. To keep this clean apply a small amount of dishwashing soap to a damp cloth to wipe away any bacteria. Avoid using bleach or other harsh cleaners to prevent chemicals from getting in your food.

5. Chopping Boards

A clean chopping board is important since you place food directly on it. Using soap can wear down a wooden board, but vinegar will gently disinfect it. Scrub with a baking soda paste and salt for a deeper clean.

6. Sponges

If the sponge smells, that’s proof that it’s harboring bacteria. Place a wet sponge into the microwave for a minute and a half to kill any bugs, or run it through the dishwasher (and replace it often).

7. Stair Railing

Lots of hands touch the stair railing, so, of course, the usual suspects live there: E. coli, staph, and viruses. Wipe your railing down once a month with a disinfecting cleaner. Clean it more often if someone in your family is sick or you have guests. Because company always brings germs.

8. Remote Controls

Everyone touches the remote, often when snacking. Use a cotton ball / cotton bud dampened with cleaning alcohol to clean germs without damaging delicate buttons.

9. Mattreses

This will definitely keep you up at night: Your mattress is full of dead skin cells and dust mites that eat your dead skin cells. There’s also sweat, stains from the coffee you spilled when you had breakfast in bed, and other icky things. Clean your mattress at least every six months. Vacuum it, spot clean stains, and take it outside to air out because UV rays can kill bacteria.

10. Light Switches

Light switches are one of the dirtiest items in your home, which results in an abundance of germs. To clean, spray a cloth with all-purpose cleaner or a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water. Gently wipe the the complete surface.

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