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THE GERMIEST PLACES IN your HOME

THE GERMIEST PLACES IN your HOME

What are the germiest places in your home?

I’ll give you a few second to think…

I’d be willing to bet you chose the bathroom. While the bathroom is full of germs, it’s not the worst. According to a 2011 Study by the NSF, the kitchen had more germs than any other room in the house… even the bathroom where the toilet is.

Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where the germs are. It’s something that we can easily take for granted. We spend a lot of time at home. It’s our sanctuary, our safe-haven from all the nasty germs outside. But, it’s not as safe as we think. Unfortunately, we bring a lot of the nasties inside. 

Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where the germs are. It’s something that we can easily take for granted. We spend a lot of time at home. It’s our sanctuary, our safe-haven from all the nasty germs outside. But, it’s not as safe as we think. Unfortunately, we bring a lot of the nasties inside. 

Your awareness of them and diligence in getting them clean and keeping them clean will make them fall farther down the list of germiest places in your home. Maid Karma has identified what parts of your home need a little extra attention and how you can do it yourself.

The Refrigerator

germiest places in your home fridge

How often do you actually clean your refrigerator? To keep it off the germiest places in your home list, the suggested cleaning schedule is weekly. But, if you’re like most – it doesn’t get done. When you consider how (and how much) the fridge gets used, it won’t surprise you that it’s on this list. Hands are constantly touching the interior and exterior of the appliance. And, spills that aren’t immediately wiped up become a great host for mold and bacteria.

Since you have food in the fridge, it’s not a place to use chemical cleaners. Instead, remove each shelf, and use hot water and some dish detergent to clean them. In addition – plan a deep clean at the start of each season.

The Kitchen Sink

kitchen sink

Like the refrigerator, the kitchen sink is one of the most widely used appliances in your home. It’s used to wash your hands, dishes, fruits & vegetables, meat, and more. Even with all the water that is used in the sink, it’s still one of the germiest places in your home. Since it is used constantly, the sink being dry is rare. The standing water and food exposure provide a great place for bacteria to grow.

To naturally clean and disinfect your stainless steel sink: clean it with a 1:1 mixture of white distilled vinegar and water. For sink surfaces that are not vinegar-safe, clean with a mixture of hot water and antibacterial soap.

The Coffee Maker

coffee maker germiest places in your home

If you have a traditional coffee maker that uses filters and pots or even Keurig, they are great places for mold to accumulate. Mainly, because the water reservoirs are damp, dark, and at room temperature. 

To remove your coffee machine from the germiest places in your home list, fill the tank with four cups of white distilled vinegar and let it sit for 30 minutes. Run one brewing cycle with just vinegar. Then do three cycles with plain water (or until you can’t smell the vinegar anymore). Now you have a clean coffee machine and better tasting coffee. Or, you could just buy a French Press. 😀

Kitchen Sponges

germiest places in your home sponges

Sponges provided the perfect place for germs to grow. They are wet, porous, and they come in contact with food, dirt, and all types of unclean services. One of those surfaces is probably the kitchen sink, which is also on our germiest places in your home list.

Get rid of 99.9% of the germs on your sponges by regularly “nuking” them in the microwave. Completely saturate the sponges with water, and microwave them on high for 1 minute.

Top 10 Places To Find Germs 

  • Dish sponge/rag
  • Kitchen sink
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Pet bowl
  • Coffee machine reservoir
  • Bathroom faucet handle
  • Pet toys
  • Counter tops
  • Stove knobs
  • Cutting board
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