Germs. They’re everywhere. They are a normal part of life, and while they can make us sick, they also make our immune systems stronger. Of course, there is such a thing as too many germs, and that’s how we end up getting unwell. There are several places in the home that can be accused of being the dirtiest, and I know what you’re all thinking; the bathroom is the worst. What if I told you that you’re wrong? Below, you will find all the worst offenders; rooms and items alike.
#1 The Kitchen
This is the dirtiest place in your home, which I know can be shocking to hear. It’s where we prep meals, wash dishes and spill food on the counters. Raw meat, vegetables, and soap from the dishes all leave germs and grime behind in their own right. It’s important to keep the kitchen clean and maintained; especially in the case of chopping boards. All you need to do is take a little time each day and give everything a once-over.
#2 The Bathroom
This does rank as one of the worst places, and we all know why. It’s where we do our business, wash our bodies, and brush our teeth. Germs are everywhere, and they can make us pretty sick when left. My top tip is to always close the toilet seat before you flush. Did you know that the water can jump up to six feet in the air when flushed? That’s pretty gross. Things like keeping towels dry, cleaning the toilet several times a week, cleaning your shower and making sure your toothbrush is away from the toilet all help.
#3 The Carpets
It’s a prime location for grime and debris, especially as they can sink so deep into the fibers. Pet hair, mud, grime, and dirt all linger there and can do for years. The best solution to this problem is to ensure that you vacuum a few times a week just to make sure that you pick everything up. You’ll need a model that is able to deal with carpets, and many come with attachments for a deeper clean in really tough spots. Better still if you have the budget for a carpet washer, then you will kill off more germs regularly using, especially in heavy traffic areas of the home.
#4 The Pet Beds
Our pets are wonderful, but they are also really fluffy. Their beds are the number one location for loads of fluff, and they need to be cleaned regularly as a result. According to dogowner.co.uk the best way to do this is by washing the bedding in your washing machine on a weekly basis. However, I find that vacuuming it in between is the ideal way to really stay on top of the hair situation.
#5 The Light Fixtures
These get forgotten so much, and I am just as guilty of this as any. They get so dusty in such a short space of time, and this is not great for those with asthma and allergies. All it takes is a quick dusting session once a week, and you’ll be right on top of the situation. The same goes for doorknobs and light switches; just keep an eye on the little things you would otherwise ignore.
#6 The Mattress
Dust mites are a pain, especially for those with allergies and sensitive skin. A quick vacuum once a month really clears them up and helps to remove mites as well as dander and other potential allergens. I tend to vacuum it more regularly in the summer months, especially as pollen seems to appear everywhere. You can also steam clean them if you want to be really thorough. According to bedroomcritic.com, a quick vacuum once a month really clears them up and helps to remove mites as well as dander and other potential allergens.
It’s a big surprise to learn that that bathroom isn’t the number one home for germs and bacteria, but the kitchen really does make sense. As long as you stay on top of the cleaning, you should have no problem with potential sickness bugs. If you want to learn more about the kids of germ and bacteria in your home, as well as how to deal with them, read through this really detailed guide on the topic.