Let’s face it – germs are everywhere. Aside from the obvious places germs lurk in our home, like the toilet, kitchen counters and floors, here are 5 places you would never guess are dirtier than all those things!
Cleaning and disinfecting your home is part of everyone’s daily routine. Washing dishes and mopping floors are part of everyday life. But did you know that the places we least suspect of being dirty are actually the dirtiest? Read our list to find out!
A study of students’ water bottles found that they were so dirty, that if the water came from the local tap it would be declared unfit to drink! Talk about dirty! What you can do to prevent your water bottles from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria is soak them in bleach for a few minutes once a week. Make sure to wash your bottle thoroughly after each use, too. You can also put it in your dishwasher on the hottest setting.
These days we’re always tapping away at our keyboards at all hours of the day, making them ideal for bacteria – especially for those that don’t wash their hands! Since our keyboards are in constant use, cleaning them regularly is a must. You can wipe down your keys with rubbing alcohol a few times a week to keep germs at bay. Nail polish remover can also be used as a disinfectant. Simply use a cotton swab to gently clean the keys, taking care not to get any remover between them.
Cutting boards, especially those made of plastic, are a hotbed for cross contamination. Meat and vegetables are cut on them daily, and without proper cleaning, can become a breeding ground for bacteria. You can keep your plastic cutting boards clean by running them through the dishwasher after each use. Wooden cutting boards can be microwaved to remove germs.
4. Bath Mats
Bath mats get soaked with water every time you step out of the shower, and they usually sit there on the floor of the bathroom, which slows water evaporation. This becomes an ideal space for bacteria to form. Wash your bath mats once a week on the hottest setting of your washing machine to keep germs under control. Make sure to wash them separately from clothes and bed sheets.
The knobs and handles on doors in our homes are in constant use by everyone who passes through them. Bacteria gets transferred from our hands to the knobs, then is picked up by someone else using the same knob later. To prevent the spread of bacteria throughout your home, spray the knobs and handles down with rubbing alcohol regularly.
Photos: Bottles Mall, 551 East Design, Cleanipedia.