I enjoy cleaning because I love the end result. All the scrubbing, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming are worth it when my home is squeaky clean. In ways it is therapeutic. However, behind the shiny floors and vacuum lines, there is cleaning on a deeper level that often gets overlooked. You might not want to hear this, but your spotless house is probably infested with germs! Did you scrub the knobs, light switches, TV remote, car keys, shower curtain, sponges, and your cell-phone? All of those things need to be cleaned and disinfected just as often as the kitchen counter should be wiped down. If you didn’t, you aren’t alone. Here are 17 things you might not want to hear about cleaning.
- Does the Five Second Rule Really Work?
If you have ever dropped a delicious treat and quickly picked it off the floor, you might be wondering if your lightning speed kept it from getting too many germs. Unfortunately the five second, or even one second, rule doesn’t ever work or prevent germs.
- Cleaning Baby’s Dropped Binky in Your Mouth is Worse for Your Baby
Many moms will quickly suck on their baby’s binky to clean it from germs, but unfortunately they are only putting more germs on than before.
- Your Kitchen Sponge is Dirtier than Your Toilet
It might be a shocker, but that sponge in your kitchen sink is housing millions of germs and when you use it, you are spreading them all over your house.
- Your Kitchen is Dirtier Than Your Bathroom
There are special circumstances, but for the most part your kitchen rags, sink, garbage, and sponges all make great homes for germs.
- Germs Thrive in Showerheads and Kitchen Sinks
It might be shocking to hear that showerheads are a great environment for bacteria to grow and thrive.
- Your Toothbrush Might Have Millions of Germs on it
This article uncovers the ugly truth about your toothbrush, but it also gives advice and steps to take to cut back on the germs and bacteria reaching it.
- TV Remotes Could be the Dirtiest Items in Your House
Many people never clean their remotes, but with little and big hands all over it, it needs to be scrubbed frequently.
- Study: Your Cell Phone Is Teeming with Germs
With the growth in technology, people are seen with their cell phones in all types of environments throughout the entire day. With so much exposure to germs, cell phones really should be wipes down several times a day.
- There are More Places You Need to Clean
Read about these five places you might be forgetting to clean but should get around to doing it soon.
- Pillows Can Be a Breeding Ground for Mold and Bacteria
If you feel an increase in allergies, it might be time to buy a new pillow.
- You Should Be Cleaning Your Shower Curtain
Everyone scrubs down their bathtub and shower, but forget about the curtain that hangs out in the tub beside all the same germs. Every time you scrub your shower, give the curtain a little wash too.
- Vacuums Can Release Dust and Bacteria Back into the Air
Don’t stop vacuuming just yet. Vacuuming is great for cleaning the carpet every single day, but older models often release dust and bacteria particles into the air.
- Wipe Down Handles and Switches Every Day
This is a no brainer, but it often forgotten. Every time you wipe down the kitchen counters, don’t forget the refrigerator handle or light switches either.
- The Dryer Doesn’t Kill Germs
Some people think the heat from the dryer will kill any germs left in clothes, but the dryer never gets hot enough to do this.
- Never Leave Wet Clothes in the Washer
Even a few minutes can give bacteria enough time to start making your clothes their home. As soon as they are washed, toss them in the dryer.
- Your Make-Up Bag is Full of Germs
All those brushes and pretty colors could be spreading germs all over your face and hands.
- Bleach is as Much a Toxin as it is a Cleaner
Bleach is a great disinfectant, but it is also a serious toxin. If you use bleach for most of your cleaning, you could be causing a lot of harm to you and your family.