The Germiest Surfaces in Your House

| Pregnancy & Parenting

We've all heard about the scary amount of germs in hotel rooms. Well, if you didn't know, TV remotes, bed covers, and water glasses contain some of the most germs in a standard hotel room. It makes sense; hotel rooms are full of people staying overnight all the time. But what about your own house? Even if you clean your house three times a week or Clorox your counters every day, where do germs like to hide?

Cleaning Surfaces

According to Huffington Post and Healthline, some of the dirtiest surfaces are in your kitchen or your bathroom. Objects we would not think to clean as often, such as cutting boards, coffee makers, and even your beauty products, contain tons of germs. Here below are some of the surfaces many researchers have claimed to be the dirtiest around the house. Take a look and learn the best way to clean them!

Kitchen countertops: It is scary to think that some of the germiest surfaces in the house are in the room where we cook our food. Kitchen countertops are important to consistently clean and disinfect. Our countertops are where we make food, spill drinks, and often create little messes on. Depending on what type of countertop you have, disinfecting wipes are usually a great way to clear out the bacteria and make your countertop shine.

Sinks and faucets: Bathroom and kitchen sinks are also breeding grounds for bacteria. Coliform bacteria, mold, and residue begin to form, because sinks and faucets are something we use every day. For instructions on how to clean your sinks and faucets, check out this article.

Bathrooms: As you may already know, bathrooms contain lots of bacteria because of how quickly mold and residue can grow onto bathroom surfaces. Even though it's a hassle, cleaning the shower, bathtub, floors, and sinks is very important when keeping a germ-free bathroom. For more information on how to easily clean your bathroom check out this article.

Stove knobs, door knobs, and light switches: Stove knobs are usually not the first thing we think contain the most germs in our kitchen, but we should definitely start putting them on our cleaning list. You see, as we cook we don't normally wash our hands consistently throughout process. Typically, people who cook wash their hands before and after the process. So during the process, we may develop bacteria on our hands and then go to turn on the stove or oven without even thinking about what germs could fester onto them. So, one way to clean the stove knobs is to remove each knob and wash them in hot, soapy water. This goes along with door knobs and light switches. We close and open doors or turn a light on and off multiple times every day, so it's important to clean the door knobs and light switches around the house using disinfecting wipes (remember to not use the same wipe consistently).

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Electronics: Yes, just like a hotel room, our TV remotes, phones, computer keyboards, and many more are infested with germs. It's important to look out for germs on iPads, iPods, iPhones, and basically anything with a touch screen. Many families share electronics and use them every day, so it's understandable that a variety of bacteria may appear on these objects frequently. Generally, disinfecting wipes are a nice, safe way to clean electronics fast and easy.

Beauty products: Ladies, you may be unaware that the makeup and brushes you use every day contain microorganisms that can result in skin and eye infections. By following these steps from Women's Health Magazine, you can help avoid any bacteria that might slip into your makeup products!

>> Read more: Click here to read how to keep your makeup brushes clean!

Cutting boards: We use this kitchen tool as a source to cut all sorts of foods. One thing you need to remember is that bacteria, such as E.coli and Salmonella, can fester onto your cutting board if you don't thoroughly wash after use. If you know anything about E. coli or salmonella, these are bacterias you do not want in your system!

Coffee maker: A coffee maker is something we use every day, so it may not cross our minds that bacteria will become present if we don't clean it frequently. The article in the Huffington Post quoted that the NSF found that 50 percent of the coffee makers tested contained mold and bacteria. However, with water and vinegar you should be able to easily clean your coffee maker so it's fresh and clean to use the next morning! Click here for directions on how to clean it.

Just remember disinfecting wipes are your friend. They are quick, easy and affordable. So place them around the house, use a few times a week, and your house will contain less of those nasty germs we never want to have!

>> Read more: Click here to find out how to clean more tricky household items!