The Top 7 Germiest Places in Your Home!

Those of you who have been here with me on the blog for a while have probably figured out by now that I’m a bit of a germ-a-phoebe. Sorry. It is what it is, and believe me, I’m much more relaxed about it than I used to be! The reason I’m still pretty on guard, though, is because I have Celiac’s disease, which is an autoimmune disorder. That means my immune system is more likely to attack itself than attack whatever germ gets in my body. So I like to be extra careful!

Now, anyone who walks into my home right now would label it clean. It really doesn’t matter if we’re hosting a party or a dinner, or we’re just there by ourselves, both my husband and I HATE clutter. So you won’t find hardly any of that at our house. You also won’t find much dust, because I dust often, due to our allergies. And you won’t find dirty floors, either, because I can’t STAND to walk around on our tile and wood floors and my feet get dirty! (Not to mention the hairs of the small black furry creature who lives with us that I’m constantly vacuuming up!)

But I got to thinking the other day, after my hubby came down with a nasty yucky that gave him a 102 fever and an awful cough, I’m SURE there are places in our home that could have the potential to make us sick anyways. So I did a little research. Let’s take a tour of my house and see what I found!

1. The #1 germiest place in my home is…are you ready for this? My KITCHEN sink!!! (And my faucet and garbage disposal)

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That was a shocker! I would have at least thought it would be the toilet, ya know? It looks so nice and shiny! But no, there are typically more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch in the drain ALONE! And how can we prevent the spread of these germs? Clean your kitchen counters with an antibacterial product after preparing or cleaning food, wash your hands, sanitize your sponges in the dishwasher, and clean your sink with bleach.

2. A load of wet laundry in my LAUNDRY ROOM

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Did you know that any time you transfer underwear from the washer to the dryer, you’re getting E. coli on your hands? Blech! Fix this by running your washer at 150 degrees, wash underwear separately (with bleach, if you can) and dry for at least 45 minutes.

3. The tub in my BATHROOM

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That’s just scary – that’s the place we go to get clean! A recent study found staphylococcus bacteria, a common cause of serious skin infections, in 26 percent of the tubs tested, as compared with just 6 percent of garbage cans. To keep it clean, take a disinfecting cleaner to the tub and actually scrub. Then you need to wash the germs down the drain with water and dry the tub with a clean towel. If you leave the tub wet, germs are more likely to survive.

4. My welcome mat at my FRONT DOOR

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I never thought of this before, but it’s true! All your guests come through that door and bring all the bugs on their shoes with them! But this is an easy fix: spray the doormat once a week with a disinfectant. Leave shoes at the door, and avoid resting bags and groceries on the mat, too. (This is huge, because where do my grocery bags go when I come home from the store? Directly onto the rug in the kitchen!)

5. The vacuum cleaner in my HALL CLOSET

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I guess this one really makes sense, because you’re sucking in all the bacteria and old food around your home, and it all likes to grow inside the bag! So change the bag frequently, and change it outside. We have a canister vacuum, so it’s best to clean that with a disinfectant and let it dry.

6. The TV remote in my LIVING ROOM

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I mean, it’s dropped on the floor, coughed on and handled by everyone in the house. Pretty simple to wipe it down with a bleach wipe!

7. The mouse and keyboard for my computer in my HOME OFFICE

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Yeah, this one makes sense, too, I just never think about it! If you eat at your computer, sneeze on your keyboard, or sit down to surf the Internet without first washing your hands, your computer keyboard could be a health hazard. A simple washing of the hands before going to the computer or a quick light wipe-down with alcohol or bleach wipes will kill all that nasty.

I think that’s enough yuckies for today! But, in all seriousness, remember to take good care of your home so no breeding grounds for germs start growing. You’ll have a healthier and happier 2014, that’s for sure!

108 thoughts on “The Top 7 Germiest Places in Your Home!

  1. I hate germs…. that is how we can end up with parasites. Believe me, I know all about parasites and more people have them than think they do. The remote is horrible. When I go into a motel room, that is one of the first things I wash.

    • Oh yes, I know all about parasites! Blech! I don’t even think I want to know if I have any or not – freaks me out a bit, I’ll be honest! And I always carry Lysol spray and Clorox wipes when we travel, just for things like the remotes in the hotels LOL

  2. I’d say all of these really make sense to me except the kitchen sink. I do regularly toss my sponges in the dishwasher with the dishes because it grosses me out to just leave them sitting there after wiping the counters. I try and shine my sink, like Fly Lady, nightly because you just feel better with a clean sink. But I rarely bleach it! :-)

    • I use a scrubbie that gets washed in the dishwasher often…and replaced often, too! (I purposely use the $1 one so I can buy several of them at once and not feel like I’m wasting money LOL) I wipe my counters down with Clorox or Lysol wipes, because I hate the smell that a sponge or a dishrag gets…even after one use! YES, I’m quite anal LOL

  3. I had hear the sink was the worst. i am always wiping off our remote and cell phone and mouse/keyboard. The shower really surprised me. Yours looked sparkling clean? Crazy.

  4. Please do a bit of research on anti-bacterial soap before you recommend your readers use it. Scientists are now indicating that anti-bacterial soaps are contributing to resistant bacteria (“super bugs”), and the chemicals they use to make those soaps anti-bacterial are endocrine disruptors that persist in the environment and harm people, fish, and animals whose tissues it builds up in. Even yuckier than germs!

  5. Although most all of us do what we can to rid ourselves and our homes of germs–there is some evidence out there that says that your body can not learn to fight off germs it does not encounter-of course this does not apply to people with autoimmune diseases.

  6. I’m off to scrub the daylights out of my remote. Yuck! Who knew? I once read that we think our shoes bring the most germs into our homes, but it’s actually the bottom of our purses! I no longer place my purse on the floor because I think of that bit of news every time I almost do that. Thanks for giving me a lot of extra work to do today. :) No, really, thanks for the info!

  7. After owning a residential cleaning business for the last 16 years, I can tell you, I have seen some nasty things in people’s homes. Most people have no idea where the germs are. We have a habit of wiping remote controls, light switch plates and door knobs where germs get transferred often. I had learned about the kitchen sink and the bottom of pocketbooks before. I absolutely will not sit my pocketbook on the floor in a public place! I have one of those little hook things to hook it on the table but most often, I leave it hidden in the car. Good information in this post, Kristen!

  8. Yuck, Okay today I’m cleaning! Well tomorrow I’m cleaning. I’m parked at my parents today. Our newly painted counter tops need a day to cure without rugrats putting things on them.

  9. This post makes me want to clean right now! LOL The kitchen sink one shocked me when I first heard about it; I watched a television special that highlighted all of the germs in an average kitchen, and I wanted to throw up! Now I’m super OCD about cleaning it and swapping out sponges and dish cloths!

  10. Yuck! (I am such a germaphobe) You’d think the kitchen sink would be one of the cleanest, but the garbage disposal does harbor a lot of guck. Great list – Now I need to go wash my hands :) ~Renee

  11. Yes, I do think that your house is very clean and tidy. Just make sure whenever you could have kids, that you do not have teenagers ;). Tidy does not rime with teens LOL

  12. Need to have some germs in life to keep our immune system strong but having said that there are some really grotty germ areas that we don’t necessarily think about. My pet hate is the door handle to the toilets in public places.

  13. TV remotes and computer keyboards always gross me out, as does the garbage disposal. You are always putting yucky things down the garbage disposal. I usually “gargle” the disposal with vinegar or bleach and follow with a water rinse. It’s not like you can get in there and scrub… Thanks for the heads up on other areas too! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  14. I don’t even want to know what is lingering in the corners with my dust bunnies! Sad to say my house is not as clean as I would like it! This reminds me of the swab tests we did in my college biology class, the grossest, germy place we found was the elevator buttons and rail on the inside. It looks like they never get cleaned. Eww!

    Have a great weekend!

  15. This post gave me the heebies! I’m not really a germaphobe, but I’m touching my mouse and keyboard right now thinking about germs crawling up my fingers. Now, I have to get a wipe! And while I’m out in the kitchen, I might have to throw out my sponges. And the tub…

  16. This really makes me think about cleaning my home more often. I didn’t know the tips for the germs with underwear and laundry. I need to start washing my clothes with these tips!

  17. I can just imagine that the garbage disposable would be. Mine is absolutely atrocious. Hubby is always cleaning and wiping while I don’t mind but wait till I tell him about your list. He would totally freak out. :)

  18. I have heard about the sink and also the remote as being some of the dirtiest things. eeek. Good thing we already wipe down our counters and sinks and I do throw the sponge in the dishwasher when we wash dishes.

  19. haha.. I was just looking at the remote last night and thinking EWWWWWWW I do dislike sponges (stinky and slimy) and prefer those scrubby things that can go easily into dishwasher. But ecoli in laundry!! OMG! I never knew that!! ICKY POO!

  20. I honestly didn’t know any time you transfer underwear from the washer to the dryer, you’re getting e. coli on your hands. Pretty scary! Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to share this with my hubby.

  21. I am not a germ-a-phobe but after reading your post I think I will be. I do most of these things and most important I ask guest to leave their shoes at the door. That is one the things that is a big no for me.

  22. The cell phone I hear is bad too and your car keys! Its everywhere! I have been sick with 3 different bugs in less than a month! I am ready to bathe in bleach myself!

  23. Since you don’t like clutter, can you come help me with my house? lol I really don’t mind cleaning most things, I just hate having to pick all of the stuff up first! Thanks for the post. There are definitely lots of things around the house we take for granted as being clean.

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