Last updated on August 19th, 2021
What comes to your mind, when you think of the most germ-infested areas of the house? Probably the bathroom, the store room, or even the utility area. However, you would be shocked to know that the dirtiest areas of the house are not your usual targets. In fact, they happen to be elsewhere in the house.
So, to help you stay healthy and hygienic, here’s a quick guide on the dirtiest areas around your house and how to clean them!
When it comes to naming the dirty areas of the house, chances are you might not even think of faucets. However, since most of us forget to clean this part of the bathroom, this place is obviously germ-infested.
How to Clean: To clean the faucets, remove them once a month by twisting them counter-clockwise and soak them in vinegar for around 15 mins. Now, with the help of a soft-bristle brush, clean all the dirt before rinsing them all well.
2. Handles and Switches
Things like switches, refrigerator door handles, and toilet flush handles are often ignored during the cleaning process, probably due to their insignificant size.
How to Clean: Wet a microfibre cloth with a cleaning product to wipe the handles of your fridge, the toilet flush, and switches.
3. The Space Above Your Kitchen Cabinets
The space between the ceiling and the cabinet tops is one of the dirtiest places of the house. If you check now, you will find years and years accumulated of dust and grime in that area.
How to Clean: To clean, you need a ladder or a stool and a vacuum cleaner. However, a broom and a dustpan might also be enough to clean this place. You don’t need to clean this area every week, cleaning it once in 2-3 months should be enough.
Germs, mold, fungi, and bacteria breed even in the smallest amounts of stagnant water. Which means, your bathtub is at risk!
How to Clean: To keep your bathtub protected from bacteria and mold, ensure to wipe it dry after every use. If you share the tub with your family, make sure you disinfect it two times a week. To clean it use any solution containing hydrogen peroxide.
5. Inside the Refrigerator
Things like takeout containers and long-forgotten leftover food and multiple people handling it, make the inside of the refrigerator one of the dirtiest places.
How to Clean: Avoid using chemical cleaners to clean the inside of the refrigerator. Remove things from the racks, and the racks themselves. Wash them in the sink, wipe them dry with a microfiber cloth, and put them back in the refrigerator.
6. Kitchen Sink
It should not come as a surprise that your kitchen sink is a breeding ground for germs.
How to Clean: Once done cleaning your soiled utensils, ensure that you wash the sink as well on a daily basis. Additionally, disinfect the sink once or twice a week.
7. The Walls Around the Toilet
Believe it or not, the walls around the toilet are one of the dirtiest places in your home.
How to Clean: Make use of a strong cleaner and some elbow-grease to banish the germs and dirt from this area.
8. Remote Controls
Since the remote controls are accessed by multiple hands, it can be safely assumed to be one of the dirtiest things in the house. And, the worst part: we rarely clean them.
How to Clean: Make use of a disinfectant to clean the remotes. To clean in between the buttons, make use of cotton swabs.
9. Under, Alongside, and Behind Your Stove
If you cook, then you must know that spills happen. And the result? You end up with a dirty cooking area.
How to Clean: To clean the surrounding area of the stove, use a plastic knife to scrape off the dirt. Once done, wipe the area clean with a kitchen cleaning solution.
10. Toothbrush Caps
In addition to the fact that they are difficult to clean, since they’re usually placed right alongside the toilet, toothbrush caps can be the dirtiest things around the house.
How to Clean: Soak the caps in warm water blended with a small amount of bleach for 30 mins. Now, wash and soak them in clean water for 30 minutes to remove any residual bleach, before putting them back on the toothbrushes.
Stay clean and stay safe everyone!