ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Dirtiest Places Inside Your House

Updated on September 9, 2019
Source


If you'd be asked about the dirtiest places or things in your house, what would you answer? The toilet seat? The entrance carpet? The garbage disposal?

Well, they are far from being clean, but you couldn't be more wrong about them being the dirtiest ones.

Actually, you won't believe how terribly dangerous are the places we don't really fear.

And even though our immune system is suppose to defend our bodies from germs and bacterias, it wouldn’t hurt at all if we'd hep it by washing our hands after we touch these apparently harmless objects and places. It can only do so much!

To help you protect yourself from the mean old germs that are hiding in the plain site, here's a list of the dirtiest spaces and objects in our own homes:

Bathroom towels. Here you are: fresh out of the shower, feeling full of energy, smelling great, all clean. Go grab the towel and get out in the world, shining like a star.

BUT WAIT! Are you aware of how many germs reside in the damp fabric that's suppose to end the cleaning process of you body? Way too many.

WHAT DO I DO? In the first place, in order to protect yourself and your loved ones, each one of you has to have his own personal towel. Sharing is only spreading the risks of infection from one person to another, in this case. Then, remember to change your towels as often as possible and to wash them at high temperatures.

The bathtub: After a hard day's work, what could be more relaxing that a long hot scented bath?

BUT WAIT! The bathtub is the place we leave all the dirt and grime and dead cells (too much info, right?) every day. Unfortunately, the water that follows and the soap we use to wash our bodies, is not effective in dragging the nasty stuff down the drain, leaving us exposed to dangerous germs that could attack the exposed skin.

WHAT DO I DO? The classic act of cleaning after yourself with more than plain water. It's not the most comfortable object to clean, but it's worth the effort. Be sure to rinse well after using the cleaning products, as you don't want to have them touch you sensitive skin. Use some Chlorine from time to time, but again, careful with the rinsing

The Toilet seat: One the most wronged places in your house when giving credit for its usefulness, as you can always sleep or eat in other spaces but the classic ones but you wouldn't want to have to use another place to do that thing.

BUT WAIT! Is not that you don't know it, but that cannot be stressed enough: careful where you sit when you have to go! Careful about who you share your toilet seat with! Always think about the fact that where you sit, other grown up members of your family or co-inhabitants sat, and it's not that you don't think they're clean or anything, but you really don't know every intimate detail about them.

The opposite is also valid. And obviously, if you have children in the house, the hygiene has to be even better.

WHAT DO I DO? One solution would be the paper covers for the seat, but let's not go to extremes. Always keep the toilet seat clean and teach the other family members to do the same. Wipe it before and after you sit and disinfect it often.

Kitchen sink: Many ladies are obsessed with washing the dishes as soon as the dinner has ended. An admirable practice that can only help keep the house clean.

BUT WAIT: Do you know that a less that clean kitchen sink is supposedly dirtier that the bathroom one?

WHAT DO I DO? Never forget to clean the sink before you start using it as a basin. Use a different cloth for cleaning the sink than the one you use for doing the dishes. Stop putting vegetables directly into the sink. Don't forget to give a special attention to the drain as it is a paradise for disgusting little creatures who give us the creeps.

The dish sponges: they come in shapes and are made of materials specially designed to help us clean the objects we eat and drink from.

BUT WAIT! Are you aware that the dish sponge is one of the filthiest objects you ever touch? Grease, rotten particles of food, mold and a lot of humidity = the perfect recipe for disaster.

WHAT DO I DO?! Wash the sponge under very hot water jet and use sanitizer to be sure it's closer to being clean than dangerous. And change is as often as possible

PS: The body wash sponge is not any better, so careful with that too!

Wooden cutting board: our lives today are invaded by machines that almost cook by themselves. Considering that, one might think that nobody ever chops on the cutting board. We all know that this is not the case and that sometimes nothing beats the classic way to do things.

BUT WAIT! Did you know that the damp wood is like a magnet and sponge for the bacteria and substances that are left over after you put your ingredients in the pan?

WHAT DO I DO?! Rinse them under hot water, always clean them with detergent and try to change them as soon as they worn out. A safer alternative are the plastic cutting boards, less auspicious breeding ground for germs.

The remote control, the mouse and the keyboard: as you're reading this, your hand is more than probably placed on a mouse, maybe your fingers are gonna touch really soon the keyboard and there's probably somebody in your house that's zapping a remote control

BUT WAIT! Are you aware of how dirty these objects are? You never think of cleaning your hands before you touch them, do you? Maybe you're working out in front of the TV/PC and zapping with your sweaty hands. Maybe you just touched your shoes to take them off, before you headed straight to the laptop to read an urgent message. Maybe you've sneezed a hundred times in front of the keyboard, spreading tons of germs on it And who knows what else. These things go for ages without being cleaned.

WHAT DO I DO?! Simply clean and disinfect them the same way you do with the other object you use on a daily basis.

The toothbrush: We all know how hugely important it is to keep the inside of our mouths cleaned and we all know that the dentist is one of the most feared doctors. So what better way to keep yourself away from his office than brushing after each meal?

BUT WAIT! Have you any idea how incredibly nasty a toothbrush can get after too many uses? Think of all the unpleasant stuff the toothbrush has to take out of between our teeth and from under our tongue. Never mind that! Think about the many, many spatters of water that jump all around the bathroom - including on the brush - when you flush the toilet , wash your body or only your hands. Nasty enough?

WHAT DO I DO? Rinse the brush with hot water and mouth water to keep it clean and fresh an also change it after no more that three months of use. It's also highly advisable to change it after you've been through a cold or other transmissible disease.

The washing machine: The indispensable technology without which our lives would be so much harder. With the push of a button you can go on an live your life and your perfectly clean clothing will be waiting for you to just take them out.

BUT WAIT! Yes, it cleans the clothes, but what cleans the machine? Well, actually nothing and nobody, unless you step in. These things are teeming with bacteria that stuck onto your clothes and accompany you wherever you go. To make it even more disgusting, fecal matter and other kinds of I-don't-wanna-think-about-it ... matters from the underwear that's being washed in there, stay in the machine's basin and attach onto your “cleaned” bathroom and kitchen towels. Yuck!

WHAT DO I DO?! Buy specially designed products and once a week make your machine run on a short program without any laundry in it, with just hot water and cleaning products. Use special chlorine to cleans the insides of the appliance and the draining tubes.

The bed: our ultimate refuge for when we're tired, sleepy, sick, un-energetic or just in the mood for doing kinky stuff.

BUT WAIT! You are such a selfless person for being willing to share your own bed with thousands and millions of microscopic less or more aggressive creatures. Oh, you're not willingly doing this?

WHAT CAN I DO? Suck those mother effers right into the core of the vacuum cleaner. Change you sheets weakly. If you can afford it, invest in hypoallergenic bed linen, pillows and blankets. Expose you bed linen to the sunlight or at least ventilate your bedroom daily.

The list could go on, but too much is enough already. The purpose of the article is not to give everybody nightmares and to transform us into germophobes, but to make us aware of the dangers we're exposing ourselves to without having any idea and giving us the chance to protect our bodies from the little villains that are out to get us.

Keep you house clean, as to keep you body healthy, but in the same time, don't let it become obsessive, because, remember : “Good Moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens, and happy kids.”

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • hailei profile imageAUTHOR

      hailei 

      9 years ago from Romania

      :)) Yes, call me obsessed, but I'm planning on getting on of those some day :P

      Thanks for your comment!

    • Kosmo profile image

      Kelley Marks 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Yes, those "mother effers" seem to get just about everywhere, don't they? Nothing less than constant cleaning of every place where humans use water, in particular, can keep down the germs. As for keeping the toilet seat clean, one needs to use a so-called ass gasket every time. Ha! Later!

    • hailei profile imageAUTHOR

      hailei 

      9 years ago from Romania

      Lol, Ioanyi. I feel like the big bad wolf :)))) Thanks for the nice words, glad you like my hubs :D

    • profile image

      loanyi 

      9 years ago

      Hey Hailei how are you?? You definitely need to write more, your hubs are full of useful stuff. By now there might be so many people desinfecting all the stuff and places you named here, wondering about what else can be a good spot for bacterias and germs. Hope to see you around more often and thanks for the sharing I gotta go and wash my toothbrush. Lol=)

    • DeborahNeyens profile image

      Deborah Neyens 

      9 years ago from Iowa

      Oh my, I'm afraid to touch anything in my house now! My husband thinks I'm crazy because I won't use a dish cloth more than once. I'll have to have him read this. Great hub!

    • WD Curry 111 profile image

      WD Curry 111 

      9 years ago from Space Coast

      This is a good reminder. I am a little paranoid right now, but that will clear up when I get those towels off the toilet seat and wash them. Don't forget the pens and pencils in the nice holder your little brother made in arts and crafts. Don't even think about putting one in your mouth.

      Seriously, you put together an engaging, well researched, well structured, meaningful piece, here. I voted up and all . . . I didn't miss the twinge of humor. When you get your report card, you will see the "A" I gave you in practical essay.

    • profile image

      Giselle Maine 

      9 years ago

      Great hub, Hailei! Lots of useful information here about hygeine inside the home. Voted UP, useful and interesting.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      9 years ago from The Caribbean

      Welcome to HubPages hailei. We surely need you around to help us focus on cleanliness. Voted your article USEFUL!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)