Dirty stuff in your house that you should be cleaning more often (18 Photos)
Let’s start with the kitchen, shall we?
Drying racks are actually a great option for dishes and cookware because items dry properly and you don’t need to use the same towel on every single dish — but they still need to be sanitized every now and then. Water collects in the lower corners and the bottom of the cutlery section in the drying rack, so mold and bacteria can actually grow quite easily. So keep them clean!
Tops of cabinets
Just because you’ve never seen it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t get dirty. Grab a step stool and get up there.
Inside of your dishwasher door
It probably doesn’t cross your mind to wash your dishwashing door, but bacteria ends up there often and it’s a good practice to manually clean out all the little crevices with either white vinegar or bleach once in a while.
Need a reason to keep this clean? Keep this in mind – if you put even a semi-contaminated knife back into one of these things, bacteria will quickly begin growing inside the block. So make sure those knives are spick and span before putting them in the block.
There’s no way you miss the gunk that gets on there every time you open something up, so why wouldn’t you clean it off before tossing it back into the door?
Knobs and Handles
You touch these things with your contaminated hands all the time, so they deserve a little TLC.
Bacteria gets caught in the area where the handles meet the blades, so make sure you clean them thoroughly.
Think about all the different foods that get thrown into these bags every single week. Over time, the food remnants add up, and all the germs that come with them do too, so give them a proper cleaning in the washer and dryer every few weeks.
Everything you use to make delicious smoothies can cause serious bacteria buildup if you don’t wash your blender properly. Wash by hand first and then throw it in the dishwasher when you’re done.
The inside of your fridge
You need to get in and scrub all around your refrigerator if you want to make sure it’s clean. Spills happen all the time, so make this a habit.
All those grooves and scratches all over your cutting board are perfect places for bacteria and pathogens to pool, so they then contaminate the next thing you plop on it.
If you don’t change your sponge until it smells, you’ve waited far too long. That smell means you’re smelling the mold from weeks of built-up bacteria. That also defeats the purpose of a sponge, which last we checked was to clean things.
Because dirty dishes pile up in in your sink, you really are doing yourself a disservice by not cleaning it out regularly.
Below are a few notable things outside the kitchen that you are probably neglecting to clean often enough…
Think about how much time you spend on your couch, then think about how much time you don’t spend cleaning it. Fair to say it’s a disproportional amount of time, right? A vacuum should be used regularly to remove dust, dirt, hair, and dander, and an upholstery cleaner like Resolve can help with spot-treating stains from spilled food or drinks.
Since it can serve as a place for bacterias to transfer, experts agree that you shouldn’t use the same towel to dry dishes and dry hands. Also, make sure you throw any kitchen towels in the laundry and wash on a hot sanitizing cycle every 1-2 weeks.
Even thought you wiping down after you’ve cleaned yourself in the shower, that doesn’t make a towel impervious to bacteria. Since your drying off transfers dead skin, body oil, residue from the products you used, and, of course, water to the towel, it’s prone to harvest bacteria.
The bath mat is the same scenario as the bath towel – being ‘cleaned off’ in the shower doesn’t help much.
A little dirt or sand on your produce won’t hurt you, but there are a lot of possible pathogens that can grow on it. The experts suggest always rinsing bagged veggies, even if the bag says “pre-washed.”
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