It is often the case that people believe that their bathrooms are the most bacteria-infested areas of the house, with the toilet and perhaps the shower taking center stage as dirtiest elements. However, research has shown that that is simply not the case, as people tend to keep their bathrooms extremely clean in comparison to other things in their life taken for granted while predominantly believed to be sanitary.
It still remains unclear why the majority of people remain unaware of the health dangers of other common household items. Here are the eleven things you won’t believe are dirtier than your bathroom, and what you can do about it.
Believe it or not, your refrigerator is a perfect host for food waste accumulation. By failing to clean it regularly (the produce drawers especially) you are allowing dangerous bacteria to form in the food remains and the accumulated dirt.
Your solution: make your own natural cleaning product out of lemon juice, warm water, and vinegar. Scrub your refrigerator clean once a month.
Carpets are the perfect nesting ground for bacteria, lice, mites and all other kinds of unwanted creatures that could harm your health. Given the fact that carpets seldom enjoy a thorough, deep cleaning, over time they become dirtier than any bathroom amenity.
Your solution: use a steam cleaner to run a deep sweep of your carpet and get into every nook and cranny.
Did you know that raw meat and vegetables carry a high percentage of fecal matter, making your chopping board dirtier than your toilet seat?
Your solution: scrub your chopping boards with detergent every day to maintain a clean, healthy surface.
You might not have been aware of this, but your toothbrush might just be the most contaminated item in your home. When you flush the toilet, germs and harmful bacteria can travel up to six feet in the air and linger for more than two hours. Predominantly, these germs end up on your toothbrush.
Your solution: put the toilet seat down before flushing and be sure to use a UV Toothbrush Sanitizer to eliminate all germs and bacteria.
Some of the common household elements that constantly come into contact with your hands are the doorknobs. Doorknobs are the first thing you touch when you enter or exit a room and they rarely get cleaned at all.
Your solution: grab some of that natural cleaner and incorporate regular door knob scrubbing into your weekly cleaning routine.
Did you know that the average smartphone has been found to host more than 25,000 germs per square inch on its surface, making your phone one of the dirtiest items your own?
Your solution: get yourself a smartphone cleaning kit and clean it thoroughly at least three times a week. And get a screen guard as well.
Your Remote Control
Have you ever cleaned your remote control? The answer is probably no, aside from an occasional dusting, which will only spread the bacteria even more. Using it all the time but cleaning it rarely will make it as dirty as your smartphone.
Your solution: use alcohol wet wipes and scrub your remote control clean every week.
Your Kitchen Sink
Luckily, people tend to keep their kitchen relatively clean if not to promote their health, then to maintain a pleasant visual aspect. However, if you neglect your sink hygiene for just a couple of days, it can easily become dirtier than your entire bathroom.
Your solution: simply clean the sink more frequently with natural cleaners.
One of the biggest culprits in the development of sleep disorders as well as chronic illnesses such as asthma is your pillow. Dead skins cells, dust mites, fungal spores, pollens, and other body secretions are all floating around your airways at night, affecting your long-term health.
Your solution: pop the pillows and their pillowcases in the washing machine once a month and use a mite and allergen repellent in your washing cycle.
It’s a good thing that the world is slowly transitioning to a paperless future, because bank notes can have more than 200,000 harmful bacteria on their surface, boasting more fecal matter than a dirty public restroom.
Your solution: wash your hands thoroughly after handling cash, and try to use your credit card more often.
Another commonly used item in the digital world that rarely gets a scrubbing treatment is the keyboard. Your keyboard can have 200 times more bacteria than your toilet seat and is home to dirt that you easily transfer onto your other gadgets, your food, and one way or another, into your mouth.
Your solution: disconnect the keyboard, and give it a weekly wipe with an alcohol wet wipe to eliminate some of the dirt. However, you won’t be able to reach the nook and crannies so make sure you wash your hands regularly instead.
What was once thought to be the dirtiest part of the household has now fallen into the shadow of far dirtier items you commonly use. Be sure to follow these solutions in order to maintain a clean living environment, and ensure a happy and a healthy future.