The Dirtiest Places in Your Home

It's easy to see obvious dirty spots on a food spill, like a house on the kitchen counter, soap residue in the shower, or a pile of dirty laundry. But what about stains that may not look very dirty but are actually the ones that can affect the health of your family?

Let's take a look around your house, room by room, and clear up a few things about hidden dirt and bacteria and how to get rid of them.


The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in most homes, and also the dirtiest. All the elements that promote bacterial growth (heat, humidity, and food) are readily available.

Add to that all the outside items like raw meats, unwashed fruits and vegetables, and the germs in everyone's bags and backpacks, and the kitchen is full of harmful bacteria like E. Coli.

The main areas of concern in the kitchen are:

  • Sinks
  • Closet Pulls
  • Refrigerators
  • Small appliances and kitchen utensils


Unfortunately, some bacteria remain in the bathroom after each use. To ensure that all types of coliform bacteria are controlled, pay special attention to the light switches, knobs, and faucet.

Keep some disposable disinfectant wipes on hand to make daily cleaning easier.

Bath towels and rugs should be washed in hot water at least once a week and should be completely dry. Hand towels need to be changed several times a week.

Bathroom sinks should be cleaned daily with disinfectant wipes and brush holders and glasses should be cleaned weekly.

When cleaning obviously dirty areas of the bathtub, shower doors, and toilet, take the time to clean flat surfaces like the walls near bathrooms with disinfectant products.


That beautiful, peaceful oasis you created in your bedroom can harbor fungi, bacteria, and thousands of mites and insects. Most of these dangers are hidden directly in your bed.

Beds are used for sleeping, having sex, socializing, eating, working, and everything else. If sheets, blankets, duvets, and bedspreads are not washed frequently, they may contain dirt that can cause:

  • Skin irritation, eczema, and acne
  • Fungal and bacterial infections such as athlete's foot and MRSA
  • Allergies and respiratory problems

To avoid all this, bedding should be changed at least once a week and properly washed. Studies have shown that after a week, the sheets harbor more bacteria than the doorknob in the bathroom.

If you've ever pulled "clean sheets" out of the linen closet and they smell musty, it's because there is still body fat and dirt on the fibers of the fabric.

Living room

Whether in a living room, media room, or game room, wherever the family gathers, dirt and bacteria hide.

Think of how many times someone touches all the remote controls, game controllers, keyboards, tablets, headphones, and cell phones in your home. Do they always have clean hands?

All of these keyboards and controllers should be cleaned daily with a sanitizing cloth that is safe for use on electronic devices. If someone has a cold or virus, they should clean up after each use. And don't forget to turn on lamps, switches, and knobs.

Another breeding ground for bacteria and allergens is furniture upholstery. The fabric is exposed to sneezing, dirty hands, pet hair and fur, and dirt from feet and shoes. Many types of bacteria can live for several days on these surfaces.

At least once a week, upholstered surfaces should be vacuumed with a handheld vacuum or the upholstery attachment on a larger machine.

Make sure to clean under and between pillows where food and pet hair can get. Then refresh and clean with a scented or unscented sanitizer spray.

If someone in your home has a virus or a rash, cover upholstered surfaces with washable sheets or covers that can be changed and washed frequently to disinfect.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about the dirtiest spots in your home: 

Source: Clean My Space

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