Absolute cleanliness is unhealthy, but you don’t want to coexist with dust and pathogenic bacteria either. The problem is that ordinary cleaning is not always effective, because many do not even know about dirtiest corners of the house and continue to wash the toilet, which is about to become sterile.
We at Happy Worthy Life decided that we will no longer wipe already clean shelves several times, but will start cleaning places where a lot of dirt and microbes really accumulate. We didn’t even think about some of them, and dirtiest item in the house surprised us so much that we put it in a bonus.
1. Kitchen sink
- Why: Kitchen is dirtiest room and kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest places in the house. Food residues entering drain and settling on the walls create ideal conditions for the growth of microbes. There were more bacteria in the sink than in the toilet. Scientists joke that this is why animals are more willing to drink toilet water.
- What to do: 2 times a week, treat the sink with a disinfectant solution, paying particular attention to the drain hole. Conventional dish detergent is not enough: it dissolves fat, but is powerless against many microbes.
- Why: Low temperatures do not kill all microorganisms that enter the freezer along with meat, fish and other foods. More than 11 million bacteria live on one square centimeter of the freezer .
- What to do: Wipe down the freezer every 2 weeks with a bleach solution or other disinfectant. From time to time it is worth revising and throwing away spoiled food.
3. Stove knobs
- Why: Fourteen percent of knobs had coliform bacteria, while 27 percent harbored molds and yeasts.
- What to do: Once a week, remove the knobs and wash in hot, soapy water. If the parts are not removable, you can simply wipe them with a cloth and detergent.
4. Bottle openers
- Why: Usually, after use we just put them back in the drawer. But if food particles remain on the blade, bacteria can not be avoided. Even E. coli and salmonella were found on can openers .
- What to do: Clean bottle openers, even if it appears to be free of food debris. The same goes for corkscrews, bottle openers, and other utensils that are stored with clean dishes.
5. Coffee machine
- Why: if you regularly use coffee machine, moisture remains inside the machine, in which all kinds of bacteria , fungi and mold feel very uncomfortable .
- What to do: wash the removable parts after each cycle of work, at least once a month, carry out a complete cleaning using special means.
6. Towel for hands in the bathroom
- Why: we do not always wash our hands thoroughly after using the toilet, but we diligently dry them with a towel. Microbes appear on the tissue, which quickly multiply in high humidity conditions. In a few days, the towel will begin to swarm with pathogenic microorganisms, and we will literally rub them into the skin.
- What to do: The hand towel in the bathroom should be changed every 2-3 days, not when it looks already downright dirty.
7. Toothbrush holders
- Why: a whole bunch of germs collect on toothbrushes, which we put in a glass, like flowers in a vase.
- What to do: Fill the holder with hot soapy water 2 times a week and wipe it with antibacterial wipes. Or you can make a good habit: you brushed your teeth – rinsed the glass – let it dry and then put the toothbrushes on.
8. Cosmetic bag
- Why: We often leave leftover products on the tubes, put them on dirty surfaces, and then stuff everything back into the cosmetic bag. Not surprising, in these little purses are staphylococci, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and a lot of other bad things.
- What to do: keep brushes, sponges and puffs clean, wash fabric cosmetic bags. Do not forget to revise your cosmetics from time to time: some products can be used no longer than 3–6 months.
- Why: Like other surfaces in your home, wallpaper collects dust and dirt. But few people come to mind to monitor cleanliness of the walls in the apartment.
- What to do: Do not bypass them during general cleaning. Many wallpapers (especially vinyl and all wallpapers with a smooth surface) can be perfectly cleaned with a cloth or washcloth with soapy water. If wallpaper has a rough texture, it is better not to wet the sponge too much.
- Why: we put our gadgets on it, put dishes on it, or even arrange a warehouse for things. The surface of desktop was even dirtier than keyboard, mouse, and phone.
- What to do: Regularly treat the table and gadgets that lie on it with antibacterial wipes.
12. Women’s bags and backpacks
- Why: A women’s bag holds not only an unlimited number of things, but also a bunch of germs – even more than a toilet bowl. We put our bags on seats in public transport and on the ground, and then we bring them into the house. Okay, if the bag lives in the hallway, but after all, many women often put it on the sofa or bed.
- What to do: Wipe the bottom and handles of bag with antibacterial wipes: they are the dirtiest. Accessories that are used every day should be cleaned or washed at least once a month.
13. Bowls and pet toys
- Why: These are some of dirtiest items in the house. Animals leave their own bacteria and germs on dishes and toys brought from the street. Leftover food in bowl is a favorable environment for the reproduction of pathogenic microorganisms, and owner of cat or dog can easily pick them up later.
- What to do: Wash animal bowls thoroughly every day – as well as your own dishes. Rubber toys should be soaked in hot water once a week, soft toys should be washed every month. It is very important to keep area where animal eats and plays clean.
14. Heating radiators
- Why: with irregular cleaning between the sections of radiator “Dust bunny”, in which mites and other harmful microorganisms quickly start. By the way, more dust collected in the radiator, then lower its heat transfer.
- What to do: Inspect batteries during regular cleaning and remove any debris immediately. If the rag doesn’t fit into crevices, toothbrush will help.
- Why: When air passes through the air conditioner, dust and dirt particles settle on the internal filters. Over time, they become clogged, which is why the device ceases to perform its work normally and consumes more electricity.
- What to do: Clean the filters 2 times a year. During regular cleaning, it will not be superfluous to wipe the outer grilles of air conditioner because dust likes to accumulate there.
16. Washing machine
- Why: If you wash clothes at temperature below 60 ° C, most bacteria and germs will not die. In addition, hair, threads and dust particles accumulate in the drum, which also remain on the clothes. The washed things look clean, but in fact they are full of germs, and we carry them around the house.
- What to do: Run an empty, regular cycle on hot, using two cups of white vinegar instead of detergent. Add the vinegar to the detergent dispenser. Hot water-vinegar combo removes and prevents bacteria growth. Vinegar can also act as a deodorizer and cut through mildew odors.
Bonus: Secret item number 17
An ordinary dish sponge was 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet bowl. And this is not surprising when you consider that it is damp almost all the time, leaving fat, food particles and detergent on it. Ideally, it should be disinfected 3 times a week.
What would you add to our list – what are the dirtiest places and things in the house?
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