Filthy Things in Your Home That You Forget to Clean


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Your home is your sanctuary and more often than not, you want to keep it spotless so you can feel comfortable in your own space. What if you learned that after all of those times spending the entire day sprucing up and sanitizing your home there were still things clogged with bacteria, mold and filth that you had no idea about? Read on to see what these things are and unleash the disinfectant spray (#4 you would have never guessed!)

1. The Remote Control

According to studies at major Universities, the television remote control is the single dirtiest item in the average home where bacteria and contagious viruses thrive on the surface and in crevices. Think of all the times your remote gets lost in depths of  crumb filled couch cushions, dropped on the floor and coughed on, and now think of how many times you have scratched your nose or rubbed your eyes after using it.  If you have children, multiply the grime by two. What makes the remote control so awful when it comes to harboring bacteria are two reasons: no one ever thinks to clean it, and, if you do try to clean it, they’re designed in such a way that it’s pretty difficult to do a thorough job with crevices and cracks that bacteria comfortably settle in. Multiple studies have revealed that remotes harbor remnants of urine, feces and other gag-worthy residue along with contagious viruses, which live on remotes for at least 24 hours and can have you calling in sick with the push of a button.  Consider investing in a bacteria-resistant with an easy to clean surface and without crevices.

2. Vents

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This is something that no one ever really thinks about, but when you really consider it, it makes sense. During the chilly winters or sticky hot summers, most vents are blasting nearly 24/7 and with all of that air flowing in and out, there is dust and dirt – a  lot of it. Getting trapped in the crevices of the vent, whenever air blows through it carries small particles of dust and dirt with it, getting it all over your home. How exactly does dust even manage to get in there anyway? The main culprit of your vents being caked with dust over time is ‘messy dusting’, that is, kicking up a ton of dust into the air from using a feather duster or something similar. Take a different approach and use a moist towel to pick up dust which will actually leave your home cleaner rather than just spreading the dirt and dust around. To clean your vents that are presently dirty however, it’s pretty easy and we’re almost positive you have everything you need to do it in your home already. Take a butter knife and a thin cloth and damp the cloth with cleaner. Wrap the cloth around the butter knife and go to town on those dusty vents.

 

3. Your Computer Keyboard

In this day and age, we are always on our computers day in and day out. With many people eating food while browsing the net, it’s no surprise that according to a British study, computer keyboards in an office setting on average were found to have 5 times as many germs as a public toilet seat. Although a computer in an office and a computer at home are a bit different, the same idea applies. Would you touch the underside of the toilet seat and proceed to eat food? It’s the same idea with a keyboard! Giving your keys a deep clean is essential when considering your health could be at risk. Cold causing bacteria and viruses can be transferred from the keyboard to your fingers or those who use your keyboard, so be mindful.

4. Sponges

You may want to make sure you’re sitting down for this one. According to CBS News, kitchen sponges are the single dirtiest thing in the average household. Sponges, the thing that is ironically supposed to keep your kitchen clean, is a hotbed for virus causing bacteria and dripping with germs. They are the perfect disease carrying vehicle – they’re almost constantly moist and they regularly come in contact with food remnants along other debris that all gets soaked up in the spongy material that can’t be easily disinfected with plain dish soap, water and a firm wringing. How to fix this conundrum? Toss a damp sponge in the microwave for 30 seconds at least once a week to fry any lingering germs and keep your dishes and counter tops bacteria-free.

 

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