Germs and bacteria are hiding in even the cleanest of homes. No matter how well you try to neutralize the invaders, germs can linger on common surfaces. You know certain places in your household are prone to bacteria, like doorknobs and light switches; however, the dirtiest items might not be what you expect, like your toothbrush holder. Here are the top 5 germiest objects in your house right now.
1. Kitchen Sink Sponge
You rely on your kitchen sink sponge to tidy up, but research shows they harbor hundreds of millions of bacteria. One study found 75% of sponges have coliform bacteria, which are present in the digestive tracts of humans and animals, including their waste. You don’t have to reach for a new sponge every time you clean. CityMD recommends disinfecting them regularly, and don’t forget to wash your hands after cleaning.
2. Kitchen Cutting Board
You have likely heard bacteria can thrive on cutting boards, which can be transferred to the foods you and your loved ones eat. You don’t have to let a family dinner lead to upset stomachs. It’s important to give your cutting board a thorough scrubbing each time it’s used. You can even throw it in the dishwasher to ensure it’s germ-free.
3. Toothbrush Holder
A 2011 public health organization report found up to 27% of toothbrush holders tested positive for coliform bacteria, including Salmonella and E. coli. Don’t cringe when reaching for your toothbrush. Get in the habit of regularly cleaning your toothbrush holder. A quick pass with an antibacterial wipe each day will keep your mouth and body healthy.
4. Bathroom Hand Towels
Handwashing is crucial to stopping the spread of germs, but what if your hand towel is a source of bacteria? Many people only give their hands a quick rinse, allowing any remaining bacteria to be transferred to the towel. If the towel is damp, it creates the perfect environment for bacteria to breed. You can ensure your towel isn’t a culprit for illness by changing it daily. Don’t forget to use an antibacterial soap and warm water to clean all surfaces of your hands for at least 20 seconds.
When was the last time you cleaned your cellphone? If you’re like most people, it has probably been a while. Cellphones are commonly contaminated with fecal matter, which can transfer to your hands and even your face. Wipe your phone with a disinfectant wipe often to keep it clean.
You can’t fully rid your home of germs, but you can take several steps to target some of the filthiest items in your household to keep you and your family healthy.
About Dr. Donald Marks
Dr. Marks earned his dental degree at the University of Pittsburgh before continuing his training under some of the top dentists in the world. He focuses on preventive dentistry to promote healthy smiles that last. If it is time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.