7 of the Dirtiest Places in Your Home- And It’s Not Where You Think

Do you know that the bathroom is not the dirtiest and germiest place in your home? There are many other places that you may not even realize are the full of germs and dirt and some of them we carry around with us all the time! Here are the 7 dirtiest places in your home.

1. Kitchen Sponge

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Kitchen sponges are breeding grounds for bacteria due to their damp and porous nature. They collect food particles and moisture, creating an ideal environment for germs to thrive. People might not realize it because sponges are used for cleaning, but they must be replaced often. Replace the sponge at least once a week, more often, depending on what you are cleaning.

2. Cutting Boards

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Cutting boards, especially wooden ones, develop grooves that can harbor bacteria from raw foods over time. Proper cleaning and occasional oiling can help reduce bacteria. The cutting board can be cleaned using a bleach solution or a steam machine designed to get into crevices.

3. Bathroom Faucet Handles

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These handles are touched with dirty hands after using the bathroom, making them hotspots for germs. Since they appear clean, their actual level of contamination often goes unnoticed. The same cleaners you use to clean the rest of the sink can be used to clean the faucets. Between cleaning, the handles can be sprayed with a disinfectant, like Lysol.

4. TV Remote

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Multiple people handle the TV remote and it rarely gets cleaned. People don’t realize it because it doesn’t look dirty, but it’s essential to sanitize it regularly. To clean a TV remote, dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the entire surface, including the buttons, to disinfect and remove dirt and germs.

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5. Cell Phone

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Our cell phones go everywhere with us, from public places to the dining table, and even the bathroom. They pick up germs from various surfaces and our hands, yet people seldom clean them. To clean a cell phone, use a microfiber cloth dampened with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution and gently wipe the screen and exterior surfaces, avoiding excess moisture. Some machines are designed specifically to clean cell phones and disinfect them.

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6. Doorknobs

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Every time you touch a doorknob, you transfer germs to it from your hands. Yet, they’re rarely cleaned as they don’t visibly seem dirty. To clean doorknobs, use a disinfectant wipe or a cloth dampened with water and soap, then wipe the doorknob thoroughly and allow it to air dry. You can also spray with disinfectant between cleanings.

7. Computer Keyboard

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Crumbs, dust, and germs can accumulate between keyboard keys, making it a dirty spot. People might not realize it because they focus on the screen, not the keyboard. To clean a computer keyboard, turn it upside down and gently tap to dislodge debris, then use a can of compressed air to blow away remaining dust and wipe the keys with a damp cloth or alcohol-based wipe.

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