Do You Know the Dirtiest Items in Your Home?

You may be religiously cleaning your house, but are you sure you didn’t miss a spot? Every area of the house needs different cleaning. For example, we use brushes in the bathroom and vacuum in the living room. But what about the parts we overlooked? The small everyday items found in each area, like, say, the cabinet pulls and the light switch?

We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly overlooked areas in a home that are the dirtiest and requires attention, and here they are:

1. Counter Tops, Kitchen Tools, and Small Appliances

Your kitchen goes through a lot of heat, moisture, and bacteria daily, which means that it needs regular cleaning. In addition, food like raw meat and unwashed vegetables and fruits could foster bacterial growth, leading to harmful diseases. 

While most of the items above are consciously cleaned, you might have unknowingly transferred these bacteria to other surfaces, such as countertops and appliance handles. To prevent sickness to you and your family, be attentive to these areas the next time you’re cleaning in your kitchen: countertops, sinks, refrigerators, kitchen tools, appliances, and cabinets. 

2. Light Switches, Doorknobs, and Faucet Handles

The bathroom is the area of the house that fosters the most bacteria after each use. While you may surely clean the sink and the toilet seat, you may be overlooking your faucet, doorknob, and light switch. To prevent bacteria growth from these areas, use disposable disinfecting wipes for cleaning every day. 

In addition, bathroom sinks must also be cleaned with wipes daily, while toothbrush holders and cups must be cleaned weekly. The wall near toilets must be disinfected. And lastly, your bath towels and mats must be washed in hot water and dried once a week, while your hand towels must be changed every two days or, when necessary,

3. Head Phones, Keyboards, and Cell Phones

The area where your family most commonly gathers, i.e., the living room or the game room, is a place for dirt to accumulate. The remote control, tablets, earbuds, keyboards, and headphones are regularly touched by everyone, but are their hands clean? What about your phone? Do you disinfect it at least once a day?

Use a disinfectant wipe that is safe for electronics when cleaning your gadgets. Especially when someone is sick or has a cold, these electronics must be disinfected after each use. In addition, furniture upholstery or fabric exposed to dirty hands, pet hair, and sneezes can foster bacteria growth for days. 

4. Pillows, Mattresses, and Bedspreads

Beds are where we begin and end the day and perform in-between activities daily. These can range from sleeping, socializing, working, and eating, and so they can harbor a lot of bacteria, insects, and mites. You can develop different diseases from the bacteria on your bed, including skin irritation and acne breakout. That makes it all the more important to clean them when you can.

Change your bed linens weekly and wash them properly. If your sheets smell stale after cleaning, that means there is still body oil and soil in the fabric fibers. Pillows and mattresses must be placed in removable and allergy-proof covers to avoid dust mites from feeding on the skin cells that we shed.


Cleaning your house but overlooking these critical areas may still result in bacteria growth that you can pass from these dirty items to other areas of your home. That is why it is essential to pay attention to everyday things that we use but forget to clean.

Another way of ensuring that your house is clean from top to bottom is by hiring professional cleaning services that won’t overlook these dirty areas. Alex’s House Cleaning Service offers deep cleaning services in Perth, Western Australia, and the nearby regions. At reasonable prices, we can guarantee a house that looks and smells clean. Get in touch with us today to hear about our packages! 

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