What are the 10 dirtiest, germiest, stinkiest, grossest things in your home?
So you mob the floors and wash your hands every time you use the bathroom, which must mean you’re clean, right? Well think again.
There are several items in your home that harbor some serious germs, the thing is, Not all these trouble spots are obvious. In fact, many look clean. but since they don’t seem particularly gross, you might not think to clean up after encountering them.
Check out these Ten dirtiest items you’re touching every day:
This actually depends on how vigilantly people in the home wash their hands.
If you have small kids, wipe down knobs as needed or weekly (use a rag and hot soapy water or wet wipes). Otherwise, wipe down knobs whenever you clean your baseboards (more frequently on bathroom doorknobs).
Cleaning your refrigerator regularly and removing your old (sometimes moldy) food immediately is a good start.
Just don’t neglect your refrigerator door; it can be a home to mold, which can potentially spread whenever you open the door (yuck).
Clean the seal once a week with a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water.
Put the solution in a spray bottle, spray along the seal, let sit for five minutes, and then wipe the seal with a clean cloth. You can also use a toothbrush and cotton swab dipped in the solution for hard to reach places and between the folds.
Be sure to thoroughly dry the seal before finishing because damp areas are the breeding ground for mold.
We tread on them daily, right? We don’t need to be told the tons of germs our feet carry.
Protect your floors (and children’s health) by always removing shoes at the door to avoid trekking in dirt, pollution (yes, lead dust can travel in on shoes!), and germs.
Sweep or vacuum as required or at least weekly. • Mop up spills immediately, spot-clean dirty spots. • DON’T go overboard with harsh cleaning chemicals. “A lot of flooring surfaces are very sensitive and hot water mixed with vinegar is safest for the finish. And always really wring out the mop so it’s damp, not soaking wet.
Imagine a few minutes in the life of your cell phone. It touches the bottom of your purse, your unwashed hands (we see you bringing it into the bathroom with you), the floor when you inevitably drop it, and then it touches your face. So gross.
Cell phones carry bacteria like staph and salmonella, and thanks to new protective cases, have tons of tiny cracks for germs to breed.
Clean your phones regularly. Break out the toothpicks and Q-tips and use them to remove the dirt from the crevices along your device. Then wipe down the front and back of your phone.
People forget to clean the inside of the microwave, so it gets pretty dirty,”.
Clean the interior surfaces with hot soapy water and a sponge (a nylon scrubber is also fine, but never use a harsh metal scouring pad); rinse and wipe dry.
If there’s crusty food residue, run the microwave with a bowl of water or wet dishcloth for a couple of minutes. Steam softens dry food residue so it can be wiped clean.
Especially near the toilet. “It’s the pee factor again,”. Cleaning 411: • Hot vinegar-y water with a rag will clean and deodorize.
THE KITCHEN SINK DRAIN
All kinds of food debris gets caught in the drain and causes bad smells. Left to build up too long, clogs can develop.
Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar, let sit for a minute, then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain, for an inexpensive, eco-friendly once-a-week disinfecting/deodorizing treatment.
It has healing powers, soothing you or your child in their time of despair.
It accompanies your little person everywhere they go – on holiday, to the park and to bed.
But while their teddy bear may appear to be your child’s best friend, the cuddly toy could pose a potential health risk.
Experts have warned 80 per cent of teddies harbour bacteria that can trigger a bout of food poisoning, while tests revealed one in four contained traces of faeces.
Research, conducted by Dettol, found 90 per cent of children regularly drop their beloved toys on the floor, where they can pick up dirt and germs.
When it comes to dirt and germs, first and foremost are the actual rags, sponges and scrub brushes you clean with.
Run sponges through the dishwasher, or microwave them on high for a couple of minutes. • Nylon and stainless-steel scouring pads and brushes can go in the dishwasher. • Rinse, wring out and hang dry kitchen rags after use; launder them either every couple days or when they begin to smell. • Always toss rags into the laundry after they’ve been used to mop up spills from raw meat.
THE TOILET BASE
Don’t just clean the toilet bowl and seat. The real mess is usually on the rim, toilet base and surrounding floor. “Especially when you have small children – or men – in the household,”
Always wipe down the toilet rim and base when cleaning the toilet. Wipe or mop the floor around the toilet base as needed or at least weekly.