Most households are extra concerned about keeping their homes clean and sanitized. This thought makes sense, of course. We all want to keep our families safe and healthy by eliminating harmful bacteria and viruses that may be hiding around our homes. However, some everyday household items may be left untouched when doing our regular cleaning. Here are a few seemingly harmless everyday items that can get gross.
You may be reminded of this when you are doing the dishes, but your kitchen sink meets a lot of icky things. Leftover meats and unidentified juices are likely regulars as they pass on their way to your garbage disposal. It is no wonder that experts claim that your kitchen sink is even germier than your toilet handle. Not to worry, though. Make sure to clean the basin regularly with baking soda and vinegar to remove any lingering bacteria effectively.
Most of us know that your average kitchen sponge has a short lifespan. Whether or not you change it out regularly is a different story. If you cannot remember the last time you swapped out your kitchen sponge, it is probably a good idea to give it a good soak in a bleach and water solution. Or, if you want to blast away the millions of microorganisms likely living on your sponge's surface, you can microwave it while damp for around a minute to get the job done.
Many adults today cannot start their day without the help of the java bean. However, if you rely on a coffee pot to fuel you, you may be drinking more than just Folgers in your cup. Studies show that coffee reservoirs can grow bacteria, mold, and yeast if gone too long without proper cleaning. If that thought disgusts you, don't be too quick to throw the whole thing away. Just try to brew a pot of equal parts vinegar and water to clean out the machine now and then.
Even if you don't use your television all that often, it's more than likely that your remote control is one of the dirtiest things in your home. For one 2012 study published by the American Society for Microbiology, researchers swabbed the surfaces of several objects found in hotel rooms. They discovered that remote controls were one of the most germ-infested things in the room. Luckily, cleaning your remote control is an easy fix. Just wipe it down with a Clorox wipe or spray it with disinfectant regularly.
The place in the bathroom where you go to clean your hands is also one of the dirtiest places in your home. Yes, we're talking about the sink. Believe it or not, when Mira Showers hired Marco Mendoza Villa, Ph.D., a researcher from the School of Biological Sciences at Bristol University, to test various bathroom surfaces for bacteria in 2018, he found that the sink was the most germ-infested. Per the study's findings, almost 80 percent of the sink's surface was covered in pathogens, making it the dirtiest area in the bathroom, even when compared to the toilet seat. Still, cleaning your bathroom sink is as simple as wiping it down with disinfectant or cleaning it whenever you realize it's getting too dirty.
There's no place like home to cozy up and kick back, and because we're comfortable in our own spaces, it's easy to assume these areas are clean. But it turns out our homes are hotbeds for germs and bacteria. Consider that device you're using to read this article: your keyboard is actually dirtier than a toilet seat, and so is your cell phone. It makes you wonder where else harmful bacteria like E. coli, MRSA, and Streptococcus may be lurking. Your doorknobs? Your pillows? Your home is more disgusting than you probably thought. However, taking the time to disinfect your home will ensure that everyone in your home stays healthy and germ-free.