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6 Dirty Surfaces You Encounter Daily in Your Home


It’s easy to look at your home as a germ-free fortress, but in reality, there are tons of places around the house that can play host to unwelcome, microscopic guests. Whether you’re looking to do a deep clean, change up your disinfecting schedule or just want to know where to be a little bit more careful, keep an eye out for these extremely common surfaces.

1. Cutting boards

As with any surface that comes into direct contact with your food, you want it to be as clean as humanly possible. Unfortunately, it can be really easy to overlook your cutting board. Considering all of the substances it touches during any given use — raw meat, potentially unwashed produce, etc. — in addition to picking up normal kitchen germs even when not in use, cutting boards can quickly become hotspots for bacteria. Thankfully, they’re easy to clean with kitchen soap or even vinegar if you want to avoid wearing out a wooden board.

2. Electronics

Almost all common household electronics carry a surprising number of germs. Think about how many hands touch your living room TV’s remote, then try to remember the last time you disinfected it. Similarly, most people aren’t in the habit of washing their hands before they pick up a video game controller, start typing on the family computer or begin fiddling with their phone. That means tons of germs from multiple sources can gather on all of these items, and contribute to spreading them elsewhere in the house. Cleaning them is as easy as giving them regular once-overs with disinfectant wipes.

3. Toothbrushes

It’s no secret that our mouths are full of bacteria, so it stands to reason that the thing we use to clean our mouths out would pick some of it up. When you add in the fact that toothbrushes tend to sit wet for hours on end, often left to fester in closed plastic holders and may be in danger of catching some unfortunate splash back from other bathroom appliances, they’re widely considered to be one of the most germ-rich objects in any given home. You can get rid of the vast majority of microbes by running your toothbrush through the dishwasher or using a UV cleaner.

4. Shower Curtains

Because shower curtains and liners come into direct contact with the stuff you’re purposely washing off of yourself, can get hit by substances intended for the toilet, and then stay wet for several hours, they’re prime candidates for mold and germs. Thankfully, you can simply put cloth curtains through the washing machine and spray down the liner when you disinfect the shower.

5. Light Switches

Light switches are more high-traffic surfaces that flies under the radar when it comes time to clean. However, considering everyone’s hands regularly touch most of them several times a day, its easy to see how they’d build up a significant concentration of bacteria, dirt and more. Next time you think of it, give your light switches a quick wipe-down with a disinfectant.

6. Mattresses

It’s not comfortable to think about, but between sweat, dead skin cells, dust mites and any other substances that may have been spilled, your mattress can rapidly collect an assortment of germs. That means that when you lay down to go to bed, you could be exposing yourself to potential illness. To avoid this, make sure you change your sheets regularly, thoroughly vacuum the mattress itself every six months, remove any stains and take it outside for a few hours for some air.

Knowing where germs and bacteria tend to concentrate around the home doesn’t need to be scary. Instead, it can empower you to keep your house cleaner than ever, and your family’s health at its best.

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