Since the pandemic began, we have all looked for ways to be more mindful of the surface germs touch and how we can better keep them clean. There are some things that harbor quite a lot of germs in our homes that we don’t realize. Whether your home is on the market or not, we all want to be a little cleaner. Read on to find out about items in our homes that become germ hotspots.

Backpacks and Purses/HandbagsPlaces in Your Home That Hold the Most Germs

Many times when we go out of the house with a bag of any kind we end up setting those bags on less than clean surfaces. Some of those surfaces can include bus seats or floors, grocery carts, restaurant floors, the floor of the car where our shoes also go, etc. These are all places that harbor many different germs, some of them very harmful.

When you place your bag on these surfaces your bag picks up the hitchhiking germs hanging out there and brings them into your home. To keep the number of germs to a minimum avoid setting your bag down, place it in your lap, hang it on a hook, or over the back of a chair. Make sure to disinfect your bag once in a while by wiping it down or putting it in the washing machine if possible.

Wallets

Money is one of the dirtiest items out there. If you have ever counted a large number of coins, you may have noticed that the tips of your fingers are a bit dirty or maybe even black. Your wallet holds that dirty money and absorbs some of the yucky germs the money carries around. So make sure to wash your hands as much as possible when handling cash. Use hand sanitizer as a backup.

The Splash Guard in the Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal grinds up larger bits of food before they enter the pipes. As it grinds the food, little bits of whatever is being ground go flying into the bottom of the splash guard (that’s why the splash guard is there). With time the bits of food that hang out on the splash guard build-up while building germs and bacteria.

About once a month flip the splash guard inside out and wipe it down with some germ-killing cleaner.

The Fridge Door Seal

When we look in the fridge we are looking at the shelves for food. We may notice if the shelves look like they need a wipe down, but we don’t really take much notice of the crevices inside the fridge seal unless maybe they are out of control dirty and start to discolor.

Wipe down the fridge seal when wiping down the fridge. Hydrogen peroxide is a great cleaner to use. Toothbrush Holder

Lots of yucky things can collect in the inside of your toothbrush holder. Some germ studies have discovered the presence of Coliform bacteria which is in the same family as Salmonella and E. Coli.

Once every couple of weeks stick your holder in the dishwasher and make sure to place it inside a cabinet to cut down on the germs it picks up. If your holder is tough to clean consider purchasing a new one, maybe one with open sides.

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Soft Surfaces and Fabric Décor

Mattresses, upholstered furniture, tapestries, curtains, throw pillows, blankets, etc. These surfaces are favorite homes of dust, skin, hair, body oils, allergens, and the dust mites who love to feed on them.

If something is machine washable try to get it washed every one to two weeks depending on the frequency of use. Items not able to go in the washing machine should be vacuumed regularly. Items like upholstered furniture and mattresses should be professionally deep cleaned once every 12 to 18 months.

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