In an average household, we spend most of our time with our beloved ones at home. We strive to keep it clean, fresh and tidy to create a comfortable atmosphere for our family to relax.
As much as we would like our homes to be free from bacteria and germs, we can't eliminate them completely but only to reduce them as much as we can by thoroughly cleaning the house on a regular basis, especially on areas where least suspect the germs to be lurking around.
Every home is different but here is a general list of ten dirtiest spots in an average home where you should not miss in your cleaning routine.
1. Ceiling fan / Stand fan
Whether a ceiling fan or a stand fan, the blades tend to build-up a layer of thick dust after a while. It is most often easily overlooked since they are out of sight (above the eyes) or enclosed in a wire casing. Dusty fan not only attracts dust mite, it can also scatter all over the room, covering the furniture and poses health threats such as asthma, allergies and sinus infections.
Cleaning: Vacuum the dust on the blades regularly and wipe it clean with antibacterial wipes or wet cloth.
Clean the area underneath the rug
2. Under the rugs / carpet
Dust particles including human skin cells and bits and pieces of food tend to trap underneath the rugs, making it a haven for multiple bacterias and germs to feast.
Cleaning: Make sure to flip over the rug after vacuuming the top and clean the covered area. Hang the rug under the sun for several hours to remove odor and kill bacteria. If you have carpeted flooring, it's best to have it steam-clean twice a year and regularly sanitize with carpet disinfectant.
Use ear bud for hard to clean areas
3. Keyboard / Remote Control
Bits and pieces of food and particles tend to settled between gaps on the keyboards and remove controls for TV, air conditioner, etc.
Cleaning: Swipe along the tiny gaps with cotton ear bud to clean the dirt.
Wash the caddy regularly
4. Kitchen Caddy
While it is helpful to hold kitchen utensil after they are washed, the caddy tends to retain water from the utensils if they are not dried properly. Therefore, encouraging the build-up of bacteria.
Cleaning: Wash the caddy once every few days and ensure utensils are dry before placing them in.
Clean the draining tray
5. Dish Drainer
Similar to kitchen caddy, dish drainer tray helps to trap water from dripping directly on kitchen top but if the tray is not being cleaned frequently, it could spread germs and bacteria. Hence, defeating the purpose of having clean plates and cups.
Cleaning: Wash the tray and dry it before placing it under the dish drainer
Wipe down the pump and bottle with antibacterial wipes
6. Soap Dispenser
It is one of the most contaminated thing at home. Why? because we often reach out for the soap dispenser by pushing and pumping it with our hands which are most likely already contaminated.
Cleaning: Wipe the pump and the bottle with antibacterial wipes.