You are probably convinced that the dirtiest places in your home are in your bathroom. While this may be true to some extent, this is not the only place filled with germs in your house. The truth is that all the moist and warm places are probably a home for many bacteria, and this has been confirmed by NSF International (National Science Foundation International). This organization conducted a research which helped them measure contamination levels on objects that we use daily. Many of these items showed presence of bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella, along with yeast and mold.
After reading this article, you will know more about keeping your home more bacteria-free and clean. You will be surprised to ‘hear’ that toilets and trash cans are not even among the first 10 dirtiest places in your home. According to the NSF International Household Germ Study conducted in 2011, the first 6 dirtiest places in your home are the following:
1. Dish sponge.
The NSF study showed that 77% of household kitchen sponges are contaminated by Coliform (E.coli and Salmonella), as well as by high level of yeast and mold (86%). This happens because we generally use sponges very often, and we don’t always remember to clean them and squeeze the moisture out of them.
Avoid this by cleaning your sponge after every use. You can also wash your sponge in a dishwasher to kill the bacteria, or put it in a microwave for a couple of minutes.
2. Kitchen sink.
The sink being one of the dirtiest places shouldn’t really come as a surprise, if you think about it. The Kitchen sink is even dirtier than your toilet, of course after you flush. We wash the dirty dishes in the sink, throwing away food parts and most of the waste, and sometimes we just leave it after washing the dishes, without sanitizing it. That makes it a very desirable home for bacteria, since it is very moist and dirty. According to NSF International, kitchen sinks are 100,000 times dirtier and prone to bacteria than bathroom sinks.
Avoid this by washing the sink with water and soap every time you finish using it. To keep it sanitized, use kitchen chemicals at least once a week to make sure your kitchen sink is as clean as it can be.
3. Toothbrush holder.
You would probably never think of a toothbrush holder as something dangerous for your health. Well, it can be. This is actually one of the dirtiest places in your home, especially if it is made of a material that cannot go into a dishwashing machine. Another factor that makes this object contaminated is the fact that it usually stands near the toilet, and sometimes small amounts of fecal particles end up inside the cup when flushed. Besides being gross, a dirty toothbrush holder is also harmful for your health.
Avoid this by regularly cleaning your toothbrush cup, and make sure you buy one that is easy to clean. The best solution would be to buy a toothbrush holder that can go into the dishwasher.
4. Coffee maker.
According to NSF International, bacteria and mold grow in dark and moist places, and a coffee maker is exactly like that.
Avoid this by washing your coffee maker thoroughly every day (if you use it daily), which will, along with making your coffee taste better, make it less filled with bacteria as well. You can clean it with vinegar, which you can leave in for around half an hour and then wash it out with water until the smell is gone. This will get rid of bacteria in your coffee maker.
5. Bathroom faucet handle.
NSF’s study results show that faucet handles are in most cases contaminated with Coliform bacteria, and mold. We touch these handles with our hands dirty, with the intention to wash them, but most of the dirt from our hands stays on the handles, and we pick that dirt back up when we are finished with washing out hands.
Avoid this by cleaning the faucet handles along with the sink at least once a week. You should also clean the rest of the handles around your house, as they are similarly contaminated with bacteria.
6. Kitchen counter top.
30% of the homes examined in the research conducted by NSF showed high Coliform bacteria contamination levels. And now think about all the food that you put on that counter, and eat later. All the bacteria you unintentionally eat.
Avoid this by cleaning your counter top with hot water and soap every day. Once or twice a month you should also clean it with sanitizing it with kitchen sanitizing chemicals, preferably those that contain bleach.