The Seven Dirtiest Places In Your Home And How To Clean Them
You have probably developed a technique to clean your house. Often when you clean, you get into habits. Cleaning areas in the same order, you typically get into a routine and get to the tough spots when you can. The problem is that routines can lead to neglect. There are many places around the house that you may not think about when you grab the Windex and toilet brush.
These are the seven dirtiest places around a home that are often overlooked.
- The walls behind the toilet
Not everyone has perfect aim. One of the dirtiest places in any house is the wall behind the toilet. The most-often forgotten place to clean, after a while any miss in aim will begin to discolor and accumulate the wall. The best way to clean it is by using some all-purpose cleaner and a paper towel. Incorporate it into your routine to have a perfectly clean restroom. It’s not just important for aesthetics: every time that you flush the toilet, particles of water full of E. coli bacteria get sprayed as far as twenty feet.
- Faucet aerators
When you use your kitchen sink, there is a little “filter” called an aerator on the outside of the water spout. If it isn’t washed periodically, mold and mildew will start to grow. The best way to clean it is to unscrew it from the base and soak it in a mixture of water and vinegar for a minimum of fifteen minutes. You can use a toothbrush to remove any remaining spots. Cleaning it every couple of months will ensure that you aren’t unwittingly drinking harmful mildew or mold.
- The silverware drawer organizer
The silverware drawer is rarely a place that you think to clean, but in it lurk some of the most disgusting germs in the house. Where those germs end up is right in the things you eat. If you haven’t cleaned the silverware drawer in a while, you will be amazed at the amount of filth that can accumulate. All that dirt and grime eventually ends up in your food, so periodic cleaning is a great idea!
- The kitchen counter
How many times have you cringed seeing your child’s shoes up on the counter? It isn’t just about the things that we place on the countertop, but also the germs around the food we prepare and eat. According to research conducted at the University of Arizona, as many as seven billion different types of germs are on the average countertop. To clean it, take a towel and soak it with suds. Then place it in the microwave for 40 seconds. The soap and heat will kill off anything that may be hiding in the crevices.
- Ceiling fans and light fixtures
One of the reasons you have been skipping the ceiling fan and lights is that they are difficult to reach. The problem is that if you have dirty lights, they produce only about 20% of the light they should. Avoid hiring a hvac company by wiping down the entire fixture, including the bulb, to make sure they are shining brightly. Take a damp sponge and clean both sides of the ceiling fan blades to get them clean. Otherwise, you are just recycling filth into the air.
6 Refrigerator, microwave, stove and dishwasher handles
The handles on your appliances are unhealthy. Think about all the food prep that goes on around your kitchen. Often, you don’t wash your hands in between your prep processes, which can leave many foodborne bacteria spores scattered on handles. Wipe down all the handles with a Clorox wipe to get them germ-free. Keeping handles clean, especially on the refrigerator, should be a daily routine.
- The coffee-maker
If you don’t regularly clean the coffee-maker itself, just the pot, you may have a hotbed of yuck brewing. Make sure to clean out the filter and wipe the water dispenser regularly to stop dirt and grime from accumulating. It will prevent that “oil spill” look that you sometimes get in your morning cup of joe. Use vinegar to run through the entire brew/filtration process once a month to make sure that nothing ominous is growing.
Even if you run a tight ship and your house looks pristine, some places go unnoticed. If you want to eliminate the transmission of germs and keep your house virus-and-bacteria-free, get the little spots as well as the big. It only takes a minute or two to get those really dirty and grimy places around your home that are commonly overlooked.