The Dirtiest Places in Your Home

Your home might look clean, but is it really? There are certain parts of most homes that remain dirty, germy, or downright disgusting, often without the residents even being the wiser. While general cleaning can do a lot of good, paying special attention to these danger zones will help ensure that your place stays safe and pest-free while you live there.

Computers and other gadgets. As it turns out, your high-tech tools can be some of the germiest and dirtiest things in your home. This shouldn’t be surprising with as much as they get handled, eaten over, and put in random locations (yes, even the bathroom), but many don’t realize just how dirty their portable tech really gets. Make it a habit to give your devices a good weekly wipedown to help disinfect computers, tablets, and even remote controls to ensure they stay clean and in working order.

Toothbrush holder. Mold and other buildup can drip down your toothbrush and pool in your toothbrush holder, putting you in contact with it every time you touch your toothbrush. If dishwasher safe, simply run your toothbrush holder through a cycle to sterilize it. Other areas you may be neglecting in your bathroom are the toilet paper roll holder and the toilet flush handle, both of which can get sprayed with germs each flush but don’t often get cleaned.

The top of cabinets and appliances. If you’re like many people, you’ve never even looked at the top of your cabinets or appliances. Yet they accumulate dust just like anything else in your home, providing a home for allergens and other airborne irritants to settle into your place. Once you’re done with the higher up cleaning, don’t forget to tackle sweeping and cleaning underneath the appliances, too.

Ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are magnets for dust and whatever else is floating around in the air, and when loaded up with them can spread allergens all over your room. You don’t want that, so make sure to wipe down the blades on your ceiling fans at least once a month to prevent that dusty buildup.

Light switches. You put your hands on the light switches in your place countless times every week, but how often do you clean them? Contact with hands can not only spread germs, it can also leave them grimy and just plain dirty if your hands aren’t clean when you flip the switch. Give them a wipe down one a week to freshen things up. Another danger zone? Your door knobs, which also see a lot of use but not a lot of cleaning.

Handles, knobs, and switches in the kitchen. Your refrigerator door handle and cabinet knobs get touched several times a day, sometimes after you’ve been handling raw or unwashed food. This can leave them laden with germs and bacteria, some of which can be potentially harmful so you want to make sure to disinfect when you clean your kitchen. Another place to make sure to clean is your faucet, which can get riddled with food-borne bacteria when you touch it to wash your hands.

Sponges. Research has shown that sponges hold up to 250,000 bacteria per square inch. While not all of that bacteria may be harmful, it only takes a small amount of the bad stuff to make you sick. Keep sponges sterile by replacing them often and giving them a run through the microwave and the dishwasher to keep bacteria at bay.

The bathtub. You use your bathtub and shower to help you get clean, but what you might not realize is that the tub is one of the germiest, dirtiest places in most homes. A recent study found that while only 6% of trash cans carried staph aureus a whopping 26% of bathtubs did. The wet, warm environment of the tub makes it the perfect place for any germs you wash off to thrive, so clean it regularly with a disinfecting product, making sure to get those cracks and crevices, too.