The 10 Dirtiest Items in Your Home

The 10 Dirtiest Items in Your Home
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  1. Remote Controls – Used frequently yet rarely cleaned remote controls are the perfect place for germs to hang out. Take out batteries and clean with a soft cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  2. Carpets – Apparently carpets are 4,000 times dirtier than toilet seats! Vacuum weekly and steam clean at least once a year.
  3. Pillows – Known for collecting gross stuff over time, like sweat, skin, and dead bugs, pillows should be washed on delicate cycle and dried on low heat once a month. Always check care label.
  4. Doorknobs – The often-handled door knobs harbor all kinds of germs, especially the common cold. Clean at least once per week with a disinfectant, and more often if someone in the household is ill.
  5. Kitchen Sponge – Well known for trapping food and harboring bacteria, including E. coli, kitchen sponges should be cleaned daily to lower the odds of spreading germs around your kitchen. Place sponge on top rack of dishwasher with “heated dry” setting.
  6. Cutting Boards – The tiny cuts and grooves in plastic and wooden cutting boards can harbor Salmonella, a bacteria known to cause foodborne illness. Clean wooden cutting boards after each use with dish soap and hot water, then wipe with vinegar and a clean cloth once dry. Unlike wooden cutting boards, plastic can be placed in the dishwasher.
  7. Pet Toys – Not only do homes with pets have a higher concentration of bacteria, but also more types of bacteria are present. Soak rubber toys in one-part water and one part vinegar for five to 10 minutes, then run through the dishwasher. Wash stuffed toys in washing machine and toss when they start to tear or smell.
  8. Kitchen Sink – Dr. Charles Gerba, of the University of Arizona, reports there are more E. coli in a kitchen sink than in a toilet after you flush it. Clean thoroughly once a month with boiling hot water.
  9. Toothbrush – You expect your toothbrush to be clean but it is actually the perfect place for bacteria to hide. Replace your toothbrush every three months – more frequently if you get sick. Close the lid on the toilet seat before flushing so toilet germs don’t spread and land on bathroom surfaces, including your toothbrush.
  10. Coffee Maker – Coffee makers and drip trays harbor many different types of bacteria. For drip coffee makers and single pod brewers, dissolve two denture tablets in reservoirs, run coffee makers through regular cycle, then repeat with fresh water. For French Press coffee maker, fill sink with hot water, dissolve four denture tablets, and place separated pieces in water. Let sit until residue is mostly gone, scrub and towel dry.

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