Scrubbing the house is never fun. It usually takes up time off from work when you would much rather be enjoying the weather with friends and relaxing on your own. Still, a house and even an apartment need to be cleaned often in order to get rid and prevent the accumulation of germs, bacteria, dust, and other undesired things. And although you might be spending hours with your hands drenched in soap, chances are that you might be forgetting many household items require a deep clean every day or week.
In fact, you might not even realise how dirty these can get and how important it is to keep it clean on a very regular basis. Want to make sure that your house or apartment is always sparkling clean? Learn the areas that need special attention. Here are 20 household objects are filled with germs.
1. Bathroom faucet
According to WebMD, bathroom faucets have more germs than toilet handles. It is important to clean them daily with a disinfectant.
It is no surprise that toilets are not the cleanest things in your home. Reduce the germ spreading by closing the lid when you flush. Also, scrub your toilet weekly to keep your whole bathroom clean.
3. Toothbrush holder
Bacteria thrive in toothbrush holders. Every week, put it in the dishwasher or clean it by hand.
Sharing your towel is not a good idea, especially if you’re sick. Wash towels weekly since they hold many germs.
Fridges keep your food cool but they don’t keep your food clean. Clean it every few months and if you spill something, clean it right away.
6. Coffee maker
The water reservoir of your coffee maker is a great place for germs to grow. Germs love dark, damp and warm environment so make sure to clean the reservoir often.
Bacteria like salmonella and E. coli often finds itself on countertops. It is important to sanitize and wash daily with a disinfectant or hot water and soap.
8. Stove knobs
You touch the stove knobs every single day so they are filled with germs. Every week, wash and disinfect them but wipe them clean after every meal.
9. Kitchen sink
Twice a week, you should disinfect your kitchen sink since it is filled with bacteria. Pour a bleach and water solution down the drain every month.
10. Kitchen sponges
These little things are filled with tons of bacteria. This is one of the dirtiest items in your house. Mould, e. coli, salmonella, allergens, it has to be cleaned or changed twice a month.
11. Pet bowls
Your pets might not care or be aware of germs but if you want to keep your pet healthy, make sure you clean their water and food bowls weekly.
12. Knobs and railings
Doorknob and handles contain tons of bacteria. Sanitize these areas every week or even daily if someone is sick in your household.
13. Washing machine
Washing machines clean your clothes but what cleans your washing machine? Add a cup of bleach to an empty washing machine and let it run. Do this every week.
14. Keyboard and mouse
Your hands are filled with germs so when you touch your keyboard and mouse the germs get transferred to these objects. Shake the crumbs out and disinfect these areas weekly.
15. Gym bag
Your gym bag holds your dirty gym clothes so you need to also clean the bag every week to keep bacteria away.
16. Reusable shopping bags
These bags are great for your weekly trip to the grocery store. However, they are a breeding ground for bacteria like e. coli and salmonella, if you buy meat. Wash them every week on the washing machine’s hottest setting.
Wipe down the inside with hot, soapy water every week or every time you spill something inside. Cover your food so you don’t have to clean splatters every time you use it.
18. Mops, buckets, and scrubbers
The equipment you use to clean your entire house also needs to be cleaned. Buy a mop with a head that can be cleaned in the washing machine on the hottest setting.
19. Litter box
The area around your cat’s litter box is a breeding ground for germs. Vacuum and wipe down with soapy water the area around the litter box weekly.
Floors might look clean but they are filled with germs and bacteria. Wash and vacuum weekly and always remove your shoes before entering your home.