The 5 dirtiest places in your home and how to tackle them

Do you know where the dirtiest places in your house reside? Germs, mould and grime can make their way into almost every nook and cranny of your home and those clever little nasties can take cover in the most unlikely of places. Don’t worry though we’re on hand to highlight the 5 dirtiest places in your home and provide some helpful tips on how to clean them with ease!

1. Handles, knobs and switches

Handles, knobs and switches are perhaps one of the lesser known places for germs to hide - which is what makes them a breeding ground for bacteria as we often forget to clean them! Some unexpected areas where germs can lurk include bathroom light switches, cooker knobs, microwave handles and fridge handles.

How to clean dirty handles, knobs and switches

Cleaning these areas isn’t a tricky or demanding task, in fact, the most demanding part is remembering that you need to do it! A simple sanitising wipe will do, or, spray a small amount of Wet & Forget Indoor and wipe the surface - Wet & Forget Indoor’s sanitising action will take care of it for you!

2. Bathroom

It will come as no surprise to hear that your bathroom makes it on this list. Your bathroom’s hot, steamy, wet environment is the perfect place for germs to grow. It’s not just your toilet that harbours these contaminants either! Damp towels are another great place for bacteria to hide so be sure to change your bathroom towels at least once a week.

Another surprisingly dirty area you may want to take extra care with is your toothbrush holder! According to a 2011 Household Germ Study, toothbrush holders take the spot for the second dirtiest place in the entire home! Placing wet toothbrushes into holders can result in water pooling at the bottom which results in nasty germs, bacteria and mould growth.

How to clean your bathroom

Always start with your bath, shower or sink area and finish with the toilet area when cleaning as this will help to prevent the spread of germs via your cleaning cloth. Don’t forget to clean your faucets, drain and bathroom door handles as these are common breeding grounds for bacteria! Aim to disinfect and clean your bathroom at least once a week (and up to three times a week if multiple people use the same bathroom) to help keep mould at bay.

Be sure to have the correct cleaning products to hand too! Wet & Forget Shower is the perfect cleaning companion to help you clean grime from your bathroom. Like all our products, Wet & Forget Shower is specially formulated without bleach and ammonia so you get all the benefits without the nasty chemicals. For more tips check out our blog ‘How to remove mould and mildew from your bathroom’!

3. Wet laundry left in the washing machine

Leaving wet laundry in your washing machine can result in the growth of germs. As with wet towels, damp clothes create the perfect moist condition for bacteria.

How to tackle wet laundry

This is an easy one to tackle - all you need to do is not leave your freshly cleaned laundry sitting in your machine! As soon as the cycle has finished move your clothes to a drying rack or dryer as even short amounts of time left sitting in the washing machine can result in germs. Remember to clean the washer drum every so often and wipe down any surfaces before folding clean clothes.

4. Dish sponges

Dish sponges take the top spot for being the dirtiest place in the home according to a 2011 Household Germ Study. The study found that more than 75% of dish sponges contained bacteria! A horrifying thought to many who thought their trusty sponge was actually cleaning their plates and dishes! The truth is that, while dish sponges really do help to clean up your dirty dishes, they also need to be cleaned themselves - all those germs have got to go somewhere right?

How to clean dirty dish sponges

So how do you tackle those dirty dish sponges? Many suggest zapping it in the microwave once a day for at least 2 minutes to kill 99% of germs. Another option is to find washing machine friendly alternatives, try swapping out your sponge for dishcloths, towels and rags. Dishcloths and rags are thought to be more effective for cleaning as they can be thoroughly cleaned themselves in the washing machine. Aim to replace these washable items every two days to keep the germs at bay.

5. Your kitchen sink

Following on from dirty dish sponges, the kitchen sink is another area to watch out for. This doesn’t come as a surprise as the kitchen sink is usually where our dirty sponges live! Bits of old food can get caught in the drain and faucet area resulting in bacteria and germ growth - yuck!

How to clean your kitchen sink

Wipe down your kitchen sink every night and once or twice a week give the sides and bottom of the sink a thorough wash. If you use a basin, be sure to disinfect this too! Don’t forget to also wash your sink strainer to prevent any trapped food molecules from forming mould. Using Wet & Forget Indoor once a week can help you tackle and prevent the growth of mould and mildew.