Everyone likes a clean home (I know I do) but there are areas of your home that you probably never think to address. I’m going to tell you the top 6 dirtiest things you need to clean now.
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6 Dirtiest Things You Need To Clean
1. The Toilet
I know most people instantly think about the seat and bowl of the toilet. True, that icky gross surface that everyone in the home uses multiple times everyday does collect its fair share of bacteria but what about the rim and base of the toilet and the floor around it? If you have men or young children in your home, then you need to pay extra special attention to these areas.
Always sanitize the rim and base of the toilet when cleaning and ensure you mop the surrounding floor at least weekly or as needed. I love using Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner to clean the toilets in my home.
2. Doorknobs, Handles And Light Switches
Think about how often these surfaces are touched. Now try to remember the last time you cleaned any one of these surfaces. I’ll wait…
Lucky for you, door knobs, handles and light switches are very easy to clean. Just get a cleaning cloth and some rubbing alcohol and wipe all these surfaces. You can just as easily use Lysol wipes or any other brand of disinfectant wipes to do this task.
Electronic devices like telephones, remote controls and game controllers are frequently touched and cleaned very seldom. People take their phones everywhere, including the bathroom, and rest them on surfaces wherever they go. Studies have shown that mobile phones can carry 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle! Yuck!
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4. Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes can be a playground for bacteria. We use our toothbrush a minimum of twice daily (at least you should) to remove all the gunk that builds up in your mouth. With this in mind, here are some ways you can keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape:
- First of all, it’s a good idea to keep your toothbrush as far as possible from the toilet. Every time you flush the toilet, germs and bacteria can spray into the air.
- Close the toilet lid before you flush.
- Store your toothbrush upright and in a place where it can air-dry between uses. Damp toothbrushes just invite bacterial growth.
- Soak your toothbrush in a mouthwash that contains alcohol such as Listerine for 30 seconds to disinfect it.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
5. The Kitchen Sink Drain
We keep our kitchen counters, floors and sink clean but who cleans the drain? Chances are you won’t think about it until it starts to smell or gets clogged. You can clean your drain with items you probably already have at home. Also, this method is way more eco-friendly and economical than purchasing drain cleaners.
- Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.
- Then, throw 1/2 cup of baking soda down there and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Combine 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup boiling water. Pour the mixture down the drain.
- Fizzing should occur at this point. If you can, plug the drain to contain the reaction and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Pour one last pot of boiling water down the drain to flush it clean.
6. Cleaning Sponges and Cloths
Yay, you’ve cleaned! That’s great! But did you clean the items you used to clean? Sounds like a horrible cycle, I know, but you just cleaned the toilet with that rag and now you’re going to just hang it up somewhere until the next use? How do you know someone isn’t going to unknowingly take that same cloth and use it to clean the kitchen counter? Yeah, you just think about that.
You need to clean the sponges and cloths that you use to clean other items. Please include your dish sponge in that group of items too. Obviously it should be cleaned separately from the toilet rag. You can clean dish sponges by microwaving them on high for a couple of minutes. Wash cleaning cloths with soapy water, rinse and then hang them to dry after use.
If you remember to clean these items or areas, then you’ll be less likely to spread germs in your house.
For more cleaning tips, see How To Make Your Cleaning Routine More Fun.