When we think of unsanitary places, our home surely isn’t one of the first things that comes to mind. When it comes to unsanitary places though, the truth not only hurts, but it’s often not so obvious, or even invisible. No matter how careful we are, it seems that germs and bacteria all find a way to thrive in our homes, in some places more surprising than others. What we consider to be an extremely filthy area of the house has been proven sometimes to be cleaner than we thought. Knowing where to focus our cleaning routines is the first step to getting the situation under control. So as you start cleaning your home, be sure to tackle these five most disgustingly unsanitary places first.
- Kitchen Sink: We’ve all dropped something like a piece of fruit in the sink and pondered whether or not we should rinse and eat it? Believe it or not, kitchen sinks are even dirtier than most bathrooms. The entire kitchen sink area, including faucet handles, drain, and basin, are prime breeding grounds for bacteria. Pathogens such as E.coli and salmonella may form without frequent upkeep. The most disgusting part is the drain, which can collect more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch. To help cut bacteria at its source, try sanitizing the entire sink by mixing bleach and water or another tough disinfectant solution. Replace sponges and cleaning brushes every month.
- Bath Tub: Surprisingly, the place where you clean yourself is not so clean itself. A recent study revealed that staphylococcus bacteria was found in 26% of all tested tubs. Another in-depth study took a closer look at whirlpool tubs and uncovered even worse findings for bacteria and germs. Traces of mild-to-dangerous bacterial growth were found, and perhaps most disgustingly, almost all tubs had bacteria from fecal matter. All of these germs can lead to skin infections and illnesses. This can be curbed if the bathtub is disinfected at least once a week using a tough cleanser that will scrub away soap scum.
- Remote Controls: You’ve dropped it on the floor, found it stuffed beneath the couch and in crevices, coughed on it, and spilled snacks on it. Nearly everyone in your household has handled it. Remote controls collect so many germs. In fact, a recent study conducted by the University of Virginia found that cold viruses on ordinary household surfaces are most prevalent on the surface of remote controls and gaming system controls. Regular hand washing is the best way to protect you from cold viruses and germs, and regularly wiping remotes with alcohol wipes helps as well.
- Doorknobs and Handles: Some of the filthiest surfaces in the house are doorknobs and handles, surfaces we touch on a daily basis. They usually go unnoticed and uncleaned for a long time, causing various types of bacteria like staphyloccus, salmonella, and E. coli to collect and thrive. Luckily, doorknobs and handles are easy to clean — we just seem to forget to do it. Specifically, cabinet handles in the kitchen need careful attention, as the bacteria can be transferred from our hands to the foods we consume.
- Floors and Carpet: Imagine all of the bacteria that collects beneath your shoes and even on your bare feet being tracked onto the floors of your home. The porous surface of carpet is a prime place for dirt, germs, and dangerous pollutants to collect. Without regular vacuuming, your carpet is surely one of the filthiest places in your home. Bacteria growth especially is a destructive force on kitchen floors.