Dirtiest Items in Your Home you Rarely Think of Cleaning

It would seem obvious that the toilet bowl is the dirtiest spot in the house, right? Wrong! The toilet is used regularly and is most of the times given the attention it deserves during daily cleaning routines. This is unlike other items that are used regularly but barely get cleaned. Below are some of the dirtiest items in your home which you should be cleaning more.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards harbor potentially dangerous coliform bacteria. Some also contain yeast and mold. This is because they are used in preparation of various raw food items without thorough cleaning.

Dirtiest items - Chopping board

To eliminate these, place the boards in the dish washer immediately after every use or hand wash them using warm soapy water.

Knobs, Switches and Handles

Stove knobs, light switches fridge and cabinet handles are all full of germs. This could be due to the fact that they are handled by different people and are rarely given attention during regular cleaning exercises which leads to an accumulation of microorganisms.

Knobs, Handles, Switches

Cleaning a switch


To deal with this regularly remove the knobs and clean them up using soapy water. This should be done at least once in a week. Use some wet wipes to disinfect handles and switches and use a fresh one for each.

Faucet Handles

It is obvious that we cannot wash our hands before turning the tap on. It is not a surprise then that bathroom faucet handles are filled with germs.

Tap Handles

To take care of this, make cleaning the handles with disinfectant spray or wipes a daily routine.

Coffee Makers

These are naturally damp and dark. As a result, they are perfect breeding grounds for disease causing microorganisms.

Dirtiest Items - Coffee maker

Follow the manufacturer instructions while cleaning it. To further disinfect it, you could also add up to four cups of vinegar to its reservoir. Allow it to sit for half an hour, brew it and run three cycles clean water through it. This should help eliminate the vinegar smell.

Dish Sponges and Towels

Studies have shown that dish sponges and towels harbor the most microorganisms in the kitchen thus taking the dirtiest items in the kitchen title. This can be attributed to the fact that they are used for multiple tasks and the fact that they hold moisture for long.

Dirtiest items - Dish sponge

To kill the germs, microwave wet sponges for two minutes each day. Once every two weeks, replace it. For people using rags, tossing it in a hot washing cycle every two days will solve the problem.

Ear Phones

Studies have shown that wearing earphones for more than an hour is enough to leave them covered up with bacteria from your ears. Regularly disinfect them to keep them free from germs.


Computer keyboards, ipods, remote controls and phones are usually shared among people and tend to be used every so often. While this is the case, they tend to cleaned less often.

Remote Control

To keep these clean, find product specific supplies and use them on your gadget to get rid of microorganisms.