Dirt, bacteria and germs: The 5 dirtiest spots in your home

Dirt, bacteria and germs: The 5 dirtiest spots in your home

Not to shock anyone, but do you know how clean your home really is? Dirt, bacteria and germs can live in your home and in places that you might consider really clean.

But before you start bleaching every surface in your house, keep calm: The key to clean is being consistent. Cleaning the main items and surfaces that contain the most viruses and bacteria is an easy way to get the ball rolling.

The best thing to know is that not all bacteria are harmful to your body, our bodies contain plenty of bacteria that doesn’t make you sick.

Want to know where the most harmful germs are likely to live in your home?


1.The Kitchen:

The kitchen happens to be one of the dirtiest rooms in your house, mostly due to food lying on the counter and moisture from the sink, which breeds bacteria. Areas where food is stored or prepared have more bacteria contamination than other places in the home.


Kitchen items that need consistent cleaning are:

  • Chopping boards

  • Refrigerator, especially areas in contact with uncooked and unwashed food

  • Kitchen sink and countertops

  • Rubbish bins

Tips for keeping certain spots clean:

  • Use disinfectant wipes on the taps, refrigerator surfaces, and worktops.

  • Soak sponges in a quart of warm water with half a teaspoon of concentrated bleach.

  • Change dish towels a few times a week.

  • Line your rubbish bin with a plastic bag to contain the mess and for easy removal. Try to clean your bins once a week with a diluted solution of bleach and water.

 2. The Bathroom:

It won’t shock you to know that the place you shower and clean the dirt off your body holds tons of bacteria. With all the moisture from a hot shower, bathrooms are the perfect place for germs.

Bathroom items that need consistent cleaning are:

  • The bathtub

  • Drains

  • Taps

  • Area around the toilet

  • Bath towels

  • Toothbrushes

Tips for keeping certain spots clean:

  • Wipe surfaces and handles down with disinfectant

  • Use an old toothbrush for cleaning small spaces around drains and taps.

  • Replace bathroom towels once a week and toothbrushes every three to four months.

  • Use a disinfecting cleaner on your bathtub once a week. Soap scum is one of the biggest breeding places for bacteria.

3. Home office and living areas:

The areas you touch the most in your office or living areas are your remote controls, computer keyboards, phones and tablets these are often shared by family members, friends and random guests. Yeast, mould and bacteria are known to grow on these surfaces and are commonly not cleaned as often as they should be.

Other surfaces can contribute to bacteria growth as well. Carpets can hold up to eight times its weight in dirt and dust and may be dirtier than a city street.


Areas that need consistent cleaning are:

  • Keyboards

  • Phones

  • Tablets

  • Carpets

  • Remote controls

Tips for keeping the office and living room clean:

  • Clean phones and tablets down with disinfectant wipes

  • Get carpets cleaned around 2 times a year

  • Wipe down remotes daily with disinfectant wipes

4. Our Furry Friends- Our Pets:

Our little furry friends can also bring a lot of germs and bacteria into the home. Pet bowls placed in hot spots gain the most germs in a home. Pet toys also have the potential to carry staph, yeast, and mould.


Areas that need the most cleaning:

  • Pet toys

  • Water dishes and food dishes

  • Pet beds


Tips for keeping items clean:

  • Wash pet paws before entering the house

  • Wash pets bowls each day with warm soapy water

  • Clean hard toys each week with warm soapy water and soft toys once a month

5. Personal items:

For all us women out there we all know that we should clean out our purses and bags, but did you that inside your makeup bag there’s a huge potential for bacteria. The bristles of makeup applicators are prime areas for germs, especially if you carry your makeup bag outside the house. Germs that live on your makeup applicators can cause skin and eye infections.

Other areas that need the most cleaning:

  • Keys

  • Bottom of bags

  • Make up brushes

  • Lunch bags


Tips for keeping items clean:

  • Change how you store your makeup.

  • To keep makeup brushes clean, you can wash them once a week with regular soap and water

  • Wipe down bags and keys with disinfectant wipes monthly

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