The bathroom is often thought of as the germiest place in the home, but that’s not completely true. It is on the list, but see the other nine.
How often do you actually clean your refrigerator? To keep it off the germiest places in the 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.
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 the 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.
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.
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 the home list.
This is a disgusting fact, but your toothbrush holders probably contain spread by toilet flushing. A study by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) found that toothbrush holders are the third-most germy household items (behind dish sponges and kitchen sinks).
Because of their germ content, your dog bowl can transfer bacteria from human to dog or dog to human. Plastic bowls have the highest number of bacteria, but ceramic bowls have the most harmful microorganisms, including E. coli and MRSA. Stainless steel bowls have less bacteria, but no matter what the material pet bowls contain bacteria that can be transferred.
It’s no wonder they are on the list. Think about it, you usually touch the bathroom faucet handles with dirty hands. Then you touch them again with wet hands to turn them off. As we know germs love wet environments. In addition to this form of germ transfer, fecal bacteria in aerosol form settles on all bathroom surfaces if you flush the toilet with the lid up.
How often do you clean your pet toys? every now and then… never? According to an NSF study, your pet’s favorite squeaky toy can be a source of coliform bacteria (including Staph bacteria), yeast, and mold.
Countertops near the sink contain the most germs, because they tend to be wet and wiped with contaminated sponges or rags. Additionally, the type of countertops you have may be making it worse. Recent studies have found that porous material countertops can harbor dangerous bacteria, such as E. coli. Quartz countertops are non porous so they never need to be sealed. As a result, they will not promote the growth of mold, mildew or bacteria.
Cutting boards come in contact with all types of food born bacteria, even from fruits and vegetables. Cutting and chopping on a plastic cutting board, results in grooves and crevices that become a nice place for bacteria to thrive. But, they can be cleaned in a dishwasher. Wood boards are usually made of hardwood. So, they are a little tougher to clean, but they don’t get the scratches and cuts as much as plastic boards.
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