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Top 10 Hidden Germ Hotspots At Home And How To Clean Them

Top 10 Hidden Germ Hotspots at Home and How to Clean Them 

We encounter millions of germs every day, and most of them are not a danger to our health. With the ongoing quarantine measures, most people spend the majority of their time at home. While you may have had the time to clean your entire house, you cannot kill all germs by cleaning the common areas in your home. Some of the most harmful bacteria and viruses lurk in unexpected places. 


Dish Sponge

kitchen sponge

The most germ-ridden surface in your house is your kitchen sponge or dish sponge. This fact is horrifying as you use the kitchen sponge to clean dishes and other surfaces in contact with food. Sponges can become a breeding ground for germs, so it is best to replace them every few weeks. 


How to clean? 

  • Soak the sponge with water and place it in the microwave. Set the microwave on high heat and leave the sponge inside for one to two minutes. 
  • Soak the sponge in vinegar for five minutes and then rinse.


Toothbrush Holder 

toothbrush holder

Your toilet is not the germiest place in your bathroom. According to researchers, toothbrush holders contain harmful germs collected from your toothbrush and fecal matter from your toilet during flushes. Clean your toothbrush holder regularly to avoid these nasty germs. 


How to clean? 

  • Wash it with soap and water or place it in the dishwasher. 


Chopping Boards 

chopping board

Chopping boards take the spot after kitchen sponges. They are used almost every day for food preparation and is the perfect breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. Raw meat and fish carry these harmful germs and contaminate your chopping board. It is best to buy multiple boards in different colors for specific uses so you can avoid cross-contamination. 


How to clean? 

  1. Mix one tablespoon of baking sodaone tablespoon of salt, and one tablespoon of water to form a cleaning paste.  
  2. Scrub the board thoroughly and rinse with hot water. 
  3. Let it air dry to remove moisture. 

**You may also use one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar.


Kitchen Sink 

kitchen sink

Did you know that your kitchen sink harbors more germs than your toilet? Food particles, including raw meat, left on your kitchen sink can breed a plethora of bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli. Clean this area regularly to avoid getting sick from potential food poisoning.   


How to clean? 

  1. Apply a surface disinfectant or bleach and let it rest for a few minutes before scrubbing from the sides down to the drain. 
  2. Rinse with water after the sink is scum-free. 


Kitchen Countertops 

kitchen countertop

Kitchen countertops harbor millions of germs from dirty shopping bags that have been on the floor, raw meat, and just about anything you place on it. Admit it, when you feel lazy and do not want to grab the chopping board, you chop your vegetables and meat on the countertop. Now imagine the germs crawling on this surface where you prepare your food.   


How to clean? 

  • Apply a surface disinfectant or bleach and let it rest for a few minutes. 
  • Scrub the surface thoroughly and rinse with water. 


Faucet Handles

faucet handle 

You touch your bathroom sink faucet handle after you go to the toilet and once again after you have cleaned your hands.  The same thing also happens when you are preparing food in the kitchen. People often overlook faucet handles, but they are the perfect breeding ground for germs. 


How to clean? 

  • Clean with a sanitizing or disinfectant wipe.  
  • Spray with a disinfectant solution and rinse. 


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Remote Controls 

remote control

When cleaning the house, most people forget to clean their remote controls. These objects are hotspots for bacteria and viruses as everyone touches them even when their hands are soiled or when they are sick. Because of this, contagious diseases have a higher chance of infecting the household members. 


How to clean? 

  • Clean with a sanitizing or disinfectant wipe. 


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Washing Machine 

washing machine

You may think your washer is safe from germs, but it is a prime location for them to grow and multiply. Most machines save energy by lowering the temperature inside. Doing this allows the microbes to survive. Cleaning your washer once every month will give you a worry-free laundry experience and fresher clothes. 


How to clean? 

  1. Remove all clothing from the washing machine. 
  2. Place bleach or washer cleaner inside the machine. 
  3. Crank the temperature up. 
  4. Run it on a heavy or clean setting. 





It is kind of ironic when the very thing that cleans our dishes is also a hotspot for germs. The bottom of the dishwasher has plenty of microbes from food, grease, and soap suds. Regular cleaning and disinfection of your dishwasher are crucial in keeping the harmful germs away from your family.


How to clean? 

  1. Put one cup of vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container and place it on the upper rack. 
  2. Run the dishwasher through a hot cycle. 

**You may also use one cup of baking soda and sprinkle it on the bottom of the dishwasher. 


Home Desk 

home desk

Working from home got most people sitting on their home-office desks for the entire day. You touch different surfaces throughout the day. You go back to your workspace, rest your hands on it, and use the keyboard and mouse. It is advisable to clean your whole desk every day to keep the germs at a safe level. 


How to clean? 

  • Clean daily with a sanitizing or disinfectant wipe or spray.  



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