Where do germs love to lurk?

When it comes to keeping our homes clean, some of the germiest spots are often the ones we least suspect! Here are a few of the worst culprits.

March 11, 2024

The kitchen sink

You might think that since water constantly runs through it, the kitchen sink would be as clean as a whistle. Not so! This spot is a favourite playground for germs, thanks to all the food scraps that go down the drain. Give your sink a daily scrub with a mix of dish soap and water and don't forget to scrub around the taps which are also a favourite party place for germs. You could also microwave your damp sponge for a minute daily to kill bacteria (just make sure it's wet to avoid a fire hazard).

Toothbrush holder

It's something we rarely think about, but our toothbrush holders can get pretty grimy with a toothpaste/water combo making it a cosy home for bacteria. Wash your toothbrush holder in the dishwasher (as long as it’s dishwasher safe), or give it a good soak in hot, soapy water once a week.

Remote controls

These are touched by everyone in the house, often with not-so-clean hands. Wipe down your remotes with disinfectant wipes or a cloth dampened with a mix of water and rubbing alcohol at least once a week.

Chopping boards

Whether it's for chopping veggies or slicing raw meat, cutting boards can harbour harmful bacteria if not cleaned properly. Use separate boards for meat and vegetables to avoid cross-contamination and have one chopping board for raw meat only. After each use, wash them with hot, soapy water and for a deep clean, sprinkle the board with coarse salt and rub it with a lemon half before rinsing.

Pet bowls

Our furry friends' bowls can be a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if they're not cleaned regularly. Wash pet bowls daily with dish soap and hot water or pop them in the dishwasher for a thorough clean.

Bath towels and washcloths

These items can become a paradise for germs due to the moisture they retain after use. Make sure to hang towels and washcloths in a way that allows them to dry completely between uses. Wash them in hot water at least once a week, more often if you're in a humid environment.

Bathroom fixtures

Taps, toilet handles, and showerheads can be teeming with germs due to constant use and moisture. Disinfect these areas at least once a week with a bathroom cleaner that kills bacteria and viruses. For showerheads, soaking in vinegar overnight can help remove buildup and bacteria. How to keep your toilet clean

Door handles and light switches

These are touched multiple times a day by everyone in the household, making them a germ hotspot. Wipe them down regularly with disinfectant wipes or a cloth sprayed with a disinfectant solution. Making it a daily routine can significantly reduce the spread of germs.

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