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The dirtiest places in your home

So you’ve cleaned your home from top to bottom, disinfected the toilet, sink and thrown out all the rubbish. You’ve made sure to hoover and mop the floor with bleach. You’ve washed your bedsheets and put your clothes in the washing machine. Have you missed anything? Have a read of our blog below to find out the dirtiest places in your home.

Kitchen

The Fridge

Number one on the list of the dirtiest places in your home is the Kitchen.

Dirtiest places in your home: Picture of a dirty fridge

Picture of a dirty fridge

Extra attention should be given to the inside of your fridge. E.coli  and salmonella live in uncooked meat which can be transferred onto surfaces.  Forgotten and long expired foods can often become moldy and grow spores.

Gross, right?

Give the bottom shelf a good cleaning as that’s where most bacteria tend to hang out. This is due to moisture and condensation trickling down. Clean your fridge from top to bottom every two to three weeks with a non-toxic disinfectant.

You can read more about household germs here.

The Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink is home to all those leftover food particles on your plate. According to Dr. Charles Gerba (aka Dr. Germ), the kitchen sink is dirtier than a post-flush toilet. E.coli and salmonella flourish in moist places and what better than the kitchen sink drain? Ewwwww. Make sure you use made-for-kitchen cleaner to clean your sink at least once a week. Want to use less chemicals? Vinegar is said to be a good killer of e.coli bacteria but it wont get rid of it completely.

Above kitchen cabinets

This place is often neglected by us because it’s inconvenient and it’s out of sight. However, rat droppings and nests are often found above kitchen cabinets. It’s worth giving it a once over with the hoover before cleaning it with a bleach solution.

Bathroom

Shower/Sink Drain

Shower and sink drains collect grime and dirt from our bodies. As bacteria thrives on moist environment, drains are a breeding ground for germs. Simple hot water will not get rid of germs so make sure you use disinfectant to really clean around and inside of drains. You can use a toothbrush to give the drain a good scrub but be sure to throw it away after.

The Walls Around Your Toilet

Ever heard of backsplash? Ewww right!

It also happens when you flush your toilet. Yep!

Let’s take a moment to feel grossed out by what could possibly be on our walls. Not convinced? Get a black light and shine it on the walls around your toilet. Faecal matter, urine, vomit and whatever you put into your toilet can splash back as high as the ceiling.

Dirtiest places in your home: How to avoid toilet splash back

How to avoid toilet splash back

Is your toothbrush near your toilet? Maybe it’s time to move it or put it away. The method of cleaning is dependant on what kind of material your walls are. You may need to test patch to see if your disinfectant solution will damage the walls. A way to limit backsplash is to close the toilet seat when you flush and to keep it closed until the next person uses it.

Bathroom Mat

The bathroom mat collects excess water dripping from your body. We know by now that bacteria thrives on moisture so it’s important to keep the bathroom mat dry. Hang it up after you’re done with it and wash it at least once a week. You should aim to replace your bathroom mat every 4-6 months.

What else?

Other dirtiest places in your home include remote controls, light switches, handles and door knobs – basically anything that is touched multiple times a day and by different people. Clean these areas with bleach or alcohol wipes. Wash your hands frequently to prevent spread of diseases.

Carpets are notorious for gathering dirt and germs and you can read more about carpet cleaning here.

Lastly, sponges and dishcloths are probably the dirtiest items in your home. These are the things we use to clean most, if not everything, in our house. Be sure to change your sponges every two weeks or put them in the microwave for 2 minutes to kill bacteria. Clean clothes by putting them through a hot wash cycle once you’ve used them.