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 faucet, remove them once a month by twisting it counter-clockwise and soak it in vinegar for around 15 mins. Now, with the help of a soft bristle brush, clean all the dirt before rinsing it 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: Damp a microfibre cloth with a cleaning product to wipe the handles of the fridge, toilet flush, and switches.
3. Above Your Kitchen Cabinet
The space in between the ceiling and the cabinet top is one of the dirtiest places of the house. If you check now, you will find years and years of dust and grime in that area.
How to Clean: To clean, you need a ladder or stool and a vacuum cleaner. However, a broom and a dustpan are also enough to clean this place. You don’t need to clean this area every week, once in two months of cleaning should do.
Germs, mold, fungi, and bacteria breeds 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 to 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, makes 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 rack itself. Wash it in the sink, wipe it dry with a microfiber material, and put it back in the refrigerator. Repeat the same process for the rest of the shelves.
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 the used 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 to banish the germs and dirt from that area.
8. Remote Controls
Since the remote control is 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 it.
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 food spill happens! And the result? You end up with a dirty cooking area.
How to Clean: To ensure the surrounding area of the stove, move it away from the wall. Now, use a plastic knife to scrape off the dirt. Once done, wipe clean the area with a kitchen cleaning solution.
10. Toothbrush Cap
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 it in clean water for 30 minutes to remove any residual bleach.