Check out these seven dirtiest items you’re touching every day, and get ready to make a beeline for the sink ASAP.
We all know the rule—cover up your toothbrush in your bathroom, especially if it’s within close proximity to your toilet. But what about your toothbrush holder? If you’re anything like me, you wipe it down occasionally when it starts to look gross, but other than that, it never even reaches your “dirty-item” radar. Turns out, this little holder can be harboring some serious germs like staph, mold, and yeast—seriously, yuck.
Thankfully, it’s an easy fix. Wash the holder with hot, soapy water twice a week to keep the germs to a minimum.
Bath mats lie damp on the floor, drying slowly throughout the day—providing the perfect dark, damp environment for bacteria and mold.
One easy way to keep your bath mat germ-free is to hang it on the shower rod after each use to let it dry out completely. You can also sprinkle baking soda on the mat, let sit 30 minutes, and then vacuum up the powder.
Would you believe that a kitchen sink is actually home to more bacteria than an average toilet? Think about it: You wash raw chicken in there, toss food scraps down the disposal, and leave dirty dishes piled up on your lazy days—of course it can become a breeding ground for some gross stuff. The biggest trouble spot: the garbage disposal. That rubber stopper is ground zero for bacterial growth and can contaminate everything that it comes in contact with: your dishes, your utensils, and you!
Soap and water aren’t enough to keep this guy squeaky clean. You’ll need a solution of lemon juice and white distilled vinegar. At least once a week, dip an old toothbrush in this solution, scrub the stopper, and then rinse it thoroughly. Bonus: Toss the lemon peels down the disposal and turn it on. The blades will get cleaned with the oils from the peels and a fresh, citrus scent will flow out of the opening.
Cleaning your refrigerator regularly and removing your old (sometimes moldy) food immediately is a good start. Just don’t neglect your refrigerator door; it can be a home to mold, which can potentially spread whenever you open the door (yuck).
Clean the seal once a week with a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water. Put the solution in a spray bottle, spray along the seal, let sit for 5 minutes, and then wipe the seal with a clean cloth. You can also use a toothbrush and cotton swab dipped in the solution for hard to reach places and between the folds. Be sure to thoroughly dry the seal before finishing, because damp areas are the breeding ground for mold.
Your shoes may look clean, but imagine all that dirt and grime that gets wiped off on the mat every time you come home, and then just sits there, breeding away, waiting for you to wipe your shoes again. Unless you leave your shoes at the door, you’re bringing those germs inside with you on the soles of your shoes.
Before you clean your doormat, shake off all of the loose debris over grass or an area away from your front door. Vacuum the mat to remove tiny particles that don’t shake loose, and then sprinkle baking soda along the length of the mat. Make sure to sweep the area where the doormat usually sits before returning your freshly cleaned mat to avoid contaminating it again.
Imagine a few minutes in the life of your cell phone. It touches the bottom of your purse, your unwashed hands (we see you bringing it into the bathroom with you), the floor when you inevitably drop it, and then it touches your face. So gross. Cell phones carry bacteria like staph and Salmonella, and thanks to new protective cases, have tons of tiny cracks for germs to breed.
Break out the toothpicks and Q-tips and use them to remove the dirt from the crevices along your device. Then wipe down the front and back of your phone.
If you’ve got a furry friend, you’ve probably got no shortage of toys strewn about your house—and a variety of dirt, grime, and bacteria crawling all over them, your pet, and your house.
The best way to clean plush pet toys is to stick them in the washing machine using natural laundry detergent, like Woolzie Natural Laundry Detergent. Or add baking soda and white vinegar during the rinse cycle. If you have hard toys, toss them into a bucket of 1 part water and 1 part distilled white vinegar, scrub them with a clean cloth, and rinse with warm water.
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