4 Dirtiest Places in Your Home

There are some areas in our home that we commonly overlook when cleaning. We often forget about them as we prioritize those that are obviously dirtier, such as the toilet or the bathroom floor. Nevertheless, forgetting to clean the following places may put your health at risk.

Cutting boards
A clean cutting board is important since you place food directly on it. Using soap can wear down a wooden board, but vinegar will gently disinfect it. Scrub with a baking soda paste and salt for a deep clean. Source: HGTV

Toothbrush holders
The high bacteria levels in toothbrush holders (27 percent had coliform, 14 percent had staph) are likely because toothbrush holders tend to be so close to the toilet -one flush can unleash fecal-containing aerosols. And who ever thinks to clean the holder? No wonder 64 percent harbored mold and yeast.

Cleaning tip: Toss the toothbrush holder in the dishwasher if safe, or wash with hot soapy water twice a week. Source: CBSNews

Home office and living room
Remote controls, computer keyboards, phones, and tablets are often shared by multiple family members and guests. In 22 households, the NSF found yeast and mold on the computer keyboard, remote control, and video game controller as well as staph on the last two items.

Surfaces also contribute to bacteria growth and diversity. For example, a carpet can hold up to eight times its weight in dirt and dust and may be dirtier than a city street, according to Chem-Dry.

You can also use disinfectant wipes to clean your items, especially if they’ve come in contact with dirty surfaces.  Source: HealthLine

Bed sheets
A 2012 survey conducted by the company Crampex found that 26 percent of respondents admitted to sleeping on sheets that had only been washed once a month. Another 13 percent said they slept on sheets that had unidentified stains, sweat marks, or drool on them. Unfortunately, our linens are teeming with filth from our bodies — plus dirt from pets that sleep next to us.

Clean up: Launder sheets once a week in the hottest possible temperature allowed without ruining the sheets, says Duberg. This should get rid of any grime and also eliminate dust mites. Source: FitnessMagazine

You can reap many benefits from regularly cleaning your home. Fortunately, we can help you out if you don’t have the time to do so. Call us today for more information!

 

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