You’ll be shocked at how filthy these areas are — and your toilet isn’t one of them.
Think your home is clean? Think again. Some obvious (and not-so-obvious) spots could be collecting epic amounts of gunk, grime and bacteria. Ew! Check out the 10 of the biggest dirt and germ magnets in your house and the best ways to get them squeaky clean and disinfected.
1. Dryer lint trap
Do you use dryer sheets? If so, simply pulling the lint out of the trap after every couple of loads—you already do that, right?—isn’t enough. Dryer sheets are covered with a silicone-based film that can build up on the lint trap filter and create an invisible barrier. Wash it every six months to improve the performance of your dryer and increase its lifespan. Get instructions at Broken Secrets.
2. Inside the dishwasher
Why would something that gets washed out with hot water and soap need to be cleaned? Well, tiny bits of food, grease, and soap scum can cling together and get deposited in the corners of the dishwasher. After a time, they can make your dishwasher look and smell bad and decrease its efficiency. Check out One Good Thing by Jillee’s advice on how to sanitise it.
3. Door knobs and light switches
Everyone touches door knobs and light switches almost every time they enter and exit a room, making them one of the dirtiest places in your home. Start wiping them down with a non-toxic disinfectant during your regular cleaning to stop the spread of germs, advises BrightNest. It’ll also help remove marks from dirt and grime.
4. Refrigerator coils
Spending just 15 minutes every six months cleaning your refrigerator coils can eliminate 70 percent of refrigerator malfunctions, extend the appliance’s lifespan, and keep it running at maximum efficiency. When dirt and dust clog the coils, they can’t release heat properly, causing the compressor to run longer and work harder than it should. Invest in a $7 coil brush and follow Tidy Mom’s instructions.
5. Kitchen sink
Studies have shown there is more E. coli in a kitchen sink than in the toilet after you flush it. Appetising, right? Bacteria love its wet atmosphere and feeding on food particles left on dirty dishes and put down the drain, according to Food & Wine. Clean the sink basin daily with a disinfectant made for the kitchen to kill all the bad pathogens.