Our homes are the perfect breeding ground for pathogens, yeast, molds, staph, and germs. Most of us clean our homes regularly. However, we tend to focus on obvious areas and neglect others. The worst part is the things we neglect harbor the most bacteria of germs.
Germs love moist places and live in unexpected spots. I have an obsession with living in a clean and tidy home so below I have written a list of the germiest things that need frequent cleaning and sanitization.
Faucet handles are among the yuckiest places in our homes. Most of the dirt is transferred when turning on the sink to wash our hands. The issue becomes scarier if we use a shared bathroom in our homes.
Some studies estimate that 9% of faucet handles carry coliform bacteria, while about 5% are infected with staph. The rot doesn’t end there. Approximately 27% of these faucets contain molds. The solution is to clean these faucets daily using disinfecting wipes or sprays. A better option is to install touchless faucets in our bathrooms.
Dish sponges and cloths are handy in cleaning dishes and spills. Ironically, they are also part of the germiest things in our homes. They are moist and contain enough food to cater to colonies of bacteria. Studies show that 77% of dish sponges are home to coliform bacteria, 86% harbor mold, and 18% have staph.
These sponges need to be replaced regularly. Alternatively, they should be microwaved when wet every two days. On the other hand, dish rugs should be washed frequently with hot water and allowed to dry.
Most of us believe that the bathroom, particularly the toilet, is our homes’ dirtiest place. Contrarily, the kitchen sink fares fairly worse. This is because it’s the place where we wash off dirt and germs from food. We also soak and rinse dirty utensils in the sink. The food particles act as the ideal breeding place for pathogenic microbes.
The sides and bottom of our sinks should be cleaned daily using a solution of bleach. The drain plug also needs to be removed and cleaned properly. As always, disinfection using bleach should be followed by a thorough rinse.
Countertops are prone to frequent dirt since they act as our kitchens’ hub. It’s where we unpack our groceries. It’s where we prepare our food. It’s where we lump backpacks and handbags. In all honesty, counters serve as whatever we want them to be. It isn’t surprising that 18% of countertops carry molds, while 32% accommodate coliform bacteria.
It’s ill-advised to clean countertops with kitchen sponges. Most of these sponges are already infected with germs, and we’re only transferring them to the counter. The best way is to use a disinfecting cleaner followed by an expendable paper towel. The towel dries the counter by absorbing most of the moisture and bacteria. Furthermore, a lot of people have expensive worktops that need specific cleaning products, such as granite countertops, so using a wet sponge on these could be damaging to the materials.
Gulping down a mug of coffee is a routine for many people. But the same cup of coffee could also contain unintended ingredients called germs. Our coffee reservoirs are at most times damp and dark. These are the optimal conditions for germs to form colonies. Bacteria also form biofilms in the piping system. The same scenario is replicated in coffee cups where fecal bacteria thrive.
The only option to get rid of germs is by cleaning our coffee makers. Running hot water through the entire system won’t help. The proper way is to add vinegar into the reservoir, sit for some minutes, and then brew it. Once this procedure is complete, rinse the reservoir twice with water. Removable components should also be washed with hot soapy water and air-dried.
Most of our tablets, smartphones, keyboards, and remote controls are covered with lots of germs. According to experts, the mentioned devices carry more bacteria per square inch compared to the toilet commode. These devices and accessories need frequent sanitization using antimicrobial surface wipes.