You clean your house frequently, but there are always those spots you forget about! You don’t even realize these are the most disgusting places in your home. If you don’t clean these, bacteria can grow, and worse other people will notice! We’ve collected the top 8 spots in your home and ranked them from least to most dirty. You definitely will have an itch to clean after this!
- Pet Food and Water Bowl
This place gets dirty for obvious reasons. Your pet doesn’t have hands and is definitely not the cleanest roommate in the house. You might not clean it everyday, but when it gets gross, you are at least diligent to clean it. Pet’s mouths hold a lot of bacteria, and splashing food around can spread it all over your home. If you’re cleaning the rest of the house, but forgetting about the pet bow, it’s time to take another look!
- Cabinet and Door Handles
This is another more obvious of the dirty areas. When handles get dirty you notice it, but sometimes they never get cleaned! Especially if you think about how often you touch them, these are teeming with bacteria. If you’re not the only person in your house, then you might not realize how much dirt is being collected under the cabinet handles of your kitchen, bathroom and drawers.
- Toothbrush holder
At least twice a day this cup or holder gets water on it. Then, it’s left all day to sit and gather bacteria. It might be weeks or months before anyone gives it a good wash. The bottom where water collects is not even the worst part about it. If your tooth brush touches the water on the bottom, later becoming horizontal with your mouth, this has the potential to be very unhealthy. Studies have shown that within sitting water, thousands of microbes are able to grow.
This may seem obvious to some people, but most people do not realize just how disgusting your phone is. Even if you’re not spilling something on it, it’s collecting all kinds of dirt from outside and coming in. You may even put your cellphone on your bed, or on your kitchen counters. Cellphones are hotbeds for diseases and bacteria that most people ignore.
You might not even realize how many different hands touch your keyboard. On average, at least 5 people have touched the keyboard of your laptop. This is figured because if you shake someone’s hand, or touch anyone, then touch your keyboard, it is all collected on the keys. Depending on what you or other computer users in your family, are doing in front of your computer, there could be a variety of bodily fluids that have accumulated on the keys! Yuck! There are also many tiny crevices in keyboards, where germs like to hide!
- TV Remote
The TV Remote is one of many devices that are overlooked while cleaning. How often is the TV remote touched, after eating, after using the bathroom and not cleaned!? Experts say that the TV remote is the most common electronic in households today, making it one of the most dirty items in your household!
- Video Game Controller
Because video games are not as common as TV controllers, these are also the most dirty of the electronics. Video games are often played while eating, quickly put down during bathroom visits, and used by guests in the home. If you or your children play video games, cleaning the controllers may be one of the top priorities for cleaning in your home. This also, is overlooked for frequent cleaning.
- Travel bags and suitcases
The number one items in your home overlooked for regular cleaning is your travel bags and suitcases. These can gather up to 5 million microbes while traveling. From being shoved into overhead bins, pulled through public bathrooms, laid into the back of taxes, travel bags take the cake for dirt. If you bring your travel bag home without cleaning, you’re exposing your home to dirt from the public. This is our top dirtiest item in the home, because it’s the least expected to be cleaned.
Now that you’ve read the list, you’re probably itching to get cleaning. Remember that if you think it’s not dirty, it doesn’t mean it’s completely clean! Giving the surfaces of your home that are frequently touched or used a wipe, could positively impact you and your family’s health!