Wash your hands every time you use the bathroom, which must mean you’re clean, right? Not so much. There are several items in your home that harbor some serious germs, but since they don’t seem particularly gross, you might not think to wash up after encountering them. Check out these seven dirtiest items you’re touching every day.
Cover up your toothbrush in your bathroom, especially if it’s within close proximity to your toilet. But what about your toothbrush holder. If you’re anything like me, you wipe it down occasionally when it starts to look gross, but other than that, it never even reaches your “dirty-item” radar. Turns out, this little holder can be harboring some serious germs like staph, mold, and yeast seriously, yuck.
Gratefully, it’s an easy fix. Wash the holder with hot, soapy water twice a week to keep the germs to a minimum.
Bath mats lie damp on the floor, drying gradually throughout the day providing the perfect dark, humid environment for bacteria and mold.
One easy way to keep your bath mat germ-free is to hang it on the shower rod after each use to let it dry out fully. You can also sprinkle baking soda on the mat, let sit 20 minutes, and then vacuum up the powder.
Your shoes may look clean, but imagine all that dirt and grime that gets wiped off on the mat all time you come home, and then just sits there, breeding away, waiting for you to wipe your shoes again. Unless you leave your shoes at the door, you’re bringing those germs inside with you on the soles of your shoes.
Before you clean your doormat, shake off all of the loose debris over grass or an area away from your front door. Vacuum the mat to remove tiny particles that don’t shake loose, and then sprinkle baking soda along the length of the mat. Make sure to sweep the area where the doormat usually sits before returning your freshly clean mat to avoid contaminating it again.
Imagine a few minutes in the life of your cell phone. It touches the bottom of your purse, your unwashed hands, and the floor when you inevitably drop it, and then it touches your face. So gross. Cell phones carry bacteria like staph and Salmonella, and thanks to new protective cases, have tons of tiny cracks for germs to breed.
You’ve probably got no shortage of toys strewn about your house and a variety of dirt, grime, and bacteria crawling all over them, your pet, and your house. The best way to clean plush pet toys is to stick them in the washing machine using natural laundry detergent, like Woolite Natural Laundry Detergent. Or add baking soda and white vinegar during the rinse cycle. If you have hard toys, toss them into a bucket of 1 part water and 1 part distilled white vinegar, scrub them with a clean cloth, and rinse with hot water.