12 of the Dirtiest Spots Around the House

woman cleaning wooden table using spray and natural rag in a kitchen

When cleaning, it’s fun to put on headphones and play your favorite podcast or some music and just breeze through the process. But because of this, it can be really easy to miss a few spots in each room that need a little extra care. Here are some of the areas around the house that can be overlooked and how to keep them clean.

Your Desk or Workspace

 

Messy Desk With a Laptop, Notebooks, Glasses and Documents

 

Regular decluttering of your workspace is key, but it is also a good idea to wipe everything down with some disinfectant spray or wipes. Make sure you don’t get your keyboard or mouse too wet with the spray or wipe as this could damage the devices. To make it easy, you can do this cleanup and declutter once a week as part of your weekly refresh.

 

Around the Stove

 

Cleaning stove grates

 

A deep clean of the stove and the walls and countertops around it are highly recommended in order to avoid a germy mess in the future. Pulling the stove away from the wall, if possible, and using a good oven cleaner to degrease the cooktop and interior is highly suggested to keep your stove looking and performing at its best. Luckily, you only have to do this a few times a year.

 

Refrigerators

 

If you’re like us, you’ll let your leftovers sit in your fridge just long enough to regret it. Stinky containers and sticky condiment bottles can overrun your fridge, so it’s a good idea to take some time each month to really deep clean the inside of your fridge and throw away the takeout you got three weeks ago, we’re all guilty of it.

 

Trashcans

 

Kitchen drawer recycling bin

 

It’s easy to forget that your trashcan is something that can accumulate grime and germs. If your trashcan is overdue for a wipe-down, you can use a sponge and warm soapy water to clean it before putting a fresh trash bag in. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of the lid and interior will help you stay on top of any germs and unwelcome smells in your home.

 

Door and Appliance Handles

 

Some of the more obvious places to clean within the home are door handles and appliance handles, as well as cabinet handles and light switches. All of these are high-touch surfaces and should be wiped down on a regular basis with disinfectant. We suggest making disinfecting these surfaces part of your weekly cleaning routine especially if you or your children can get sick easily.

 

Sponges

 

Cleaning the sink in kitchen

 

All kinds of bacteria can develop within the sponge you use to clean your dishes and other surfaces in your house. To avoid spreading that nastiness, it is suggested that you soak the sponge in diluted bleach or run it with your dishwasher to clean it. You only have to do this once or twice a month, but we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to clean it more often.

 

Sinks and Faucets

 

When you clean your sink, don’t forget the faucet and aerator as well. The aerator is the little piece where the water comes out on the sink and it can be easily removed to be cleaned. You can soak it in vinegar for 20 minutes and then gently scrub it with an old toothbrush under some water to rinse it and make this a monthly task.

 

Toothbrush and Holder

 

Cup with eco friendly toothbrushes

 

If your toothbrushes are kept in a cup on the counter, chances are they may have some toilet water and other *particles* on them. Make sure you keep your toothbrushes covered or at least as far away from the toilet as possible in your bathroom. Clean the toothbrush holder weekly with disinfectant spray or wipes and make sure to replace your toothbrushes when it’s time to do so.

 

TV Remotes

 

Tv remote

 

Whether you have all the control over the TV or are constantly fighting for the remote, you can agree that the remote is one of the most touched objects in your home. That’s why it’s highly suggested that you wipe the surface of the device with disinfectant wipes or soap and water on a weekly basis.

 

Pet Toys

 

A cute little puppy is playing and chewing on a toy

 

Our pets need clean and germ-free things too, so don’t forget to clean their toys regularly. Hard or rubber chew toys can be cleaned with warm soapy water, and their favorite stuffed animals and tug ropes can be tossed in the wash with hot water.

 

Around the Toilet

 

Cleaning your toilet is basically a no-brainer at this point, but what about the floor and walls near the toilet? Cleaning the area around the toilet with an enzyme cleaner and disinfectant is a great idea, we promise you don’t need to hear the dirty details of why. Thankfully you only have to do that once a week or at least a few times a month.

 

Purses and Wallets

 

female purse and wallet

 

These are things you touch every day so it should be no surprise to hear that they can accumulate germs and dirt. A daily wipe-down with disinfectant spray or wipes can help minimize how many germs from the outside world get into your home.

 

One of the best ways to stay on top of dirt and grime in your home is with regular decluttering and organization. Check out our home organization Houston services if you’re looking for some professional help to get your home looking its best.

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