The dirtiest parts of our bodies often aren’t the ones that we expect. Similarly, the dirtiest parts of our homes are often small knobs, handles and items that we rarely think of as being dirty.
In this blog post, we’ll help you discover four parts of your home that are some of the dirtiest around, many of which might surprise you. Luckily, we’ll also show you how easy it is to turn these hidden bacteria hotspots into clean and hygienic areas.
Your oven and stove’s dials
Are you a passionate chef? If you use your kitchen frequently, there’s probably more bacteria on your stove’s dials than anywhere else in your kitchen. Dials are an easily dirtied hotspot for bacteria since they frequently come into contact with food.
When this food is uncooked – particularly meats from smaller animals like poultry – it can spread bacteria onto your stove’s dials. Night after night of home cooking may be good for your wallet (and your health), but it’s not so good for kitchen hygiene.
Luckily, stove dials are easy to clean. Either pop them off the stove and clean them in the sink using warm water and a small amount of detergent or put them inside your dishwasher for your next warm rinse.
Your kitchen sink
While burglars might scour every inch of your home but the kitchen sink, bacteria love to congregate there. The average kitchen sink – particularly the area near the drain – is swarming with bacteria from discarded food products.
Just like with your stove’s dials, the kitchen sinks of chefs tend to be dirtier than those of people that love to dine out. The more food ingredients you dispose of in the sink – from sauces to leftovers on used plates – the dirtier it gets.
Cleaning your sink is a breeze. After you’ve finished washing the dishes, let all of the water run out until the sink is empty. Clean your cloth, add a bit of detergent and get to work scrubbing the sides, bottom and plughole of your kitchen sink.
Your toothbrush holder
When you brush your teeth in the morning, are you really leaving them cleaner than you found them? While your toothbrush might be vital for good oral hygiene, it’s an incredible magnet for germs that grow inside your toothbrush holder.
The average toothbrush holder is crawling with more than two million bacteria cells – a pretty scary number. The less thoroughly you rinse your toothbrush during your morning routine, the dirtier yours is likely to be.
Keeping your toothbrush and its holder clean is simple. Every few days, wash your toothbrush with very hot water to kill any lingering bacteria. The holder can also be washed under the hot tap, preferably with a little bit of soap to be cautious.
Your remote controls
From your TV to your Hi-Fi system, the remote controls you use to keep in control of your electronic devices could be detrimental to your health. Since they often end up between cushions or on the floor, remotes can become exceptionally dirty.
Add to this the soft buttons of many TV remotes and you have an environment that’s perfect for bacteria to thrive in. Since remotes are packed with electrical circuitry, it can be a little harder to clean them than simply rinsing them in the sink.
Here’s how to sanitise your remotes: every few weeks, use an alcohol wipe to clean the buttons on your TV remote. If you notice grime building up on the buttons, take out the batteries and gently scrub it off using a cloth and some diluted bleach.