Twenty of the Dirtiest Places Inside Your Home and How to Clean Them Like a Pro

Refrigerator Door Seal

Ensuring a clean and healthy home is a constant effort, and keeping your home clean is not just about appearances; it’s also essential for the health and well-being of your family. Use this guide to find where the dirtiest places inside your home are, and find simple yet effective cleaning tips to tackle these often-overlooked areas. Say goodbye to germs and hello to a cleaner and healthier living space!

1. Kitchen Sink

Serving as a breeding ground for bacteria, the kitchen sink becomes a hotspot due to the accumulation of food particles and persistent dampness.

Cleaning Tip: Scrub the sink with a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice, followed by a rinse with hot water to eliminate odors and kill bacteria.

Keep your kitchen sink and sponges clean
Photo by Fede.

2. Kitchen Sponges and Dishcloths

Indispensable in the kitchen, sponges and dishcloths pose a potential threat as breeding grounds for bacteria. Due to their constant exposure to food particles and moisture, these everyday tools can contribute to food contamination.

Cleaning Tip: Regularly soak your sponge and dishcloth in a mixture of water and white vinegar, or toss them in the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning.

Keep your refrigerator door seal clean
Photo by Mike Jones

3. Refrigerator Door Seal

Often overlooked despite being part of our daily routine, the refrigerator door seal accumulates food particles and moisture over time, creating an environment conducive to mold growth.

Cleaning Tip: Wipe the seal with a mixture of baking soda and water, ensuring it’s dry to prevent mold and maintaining a clean and efficient refrigerator.

Cleaning the stove
Photo by Mike Gattorna

4. Behind and Under the Stove

Grease, crumbs, and debris tend to accumulate in the often neglected spaces between the sides of the stove, countertop, and wall, as well as underneath the range.

Cleaning Tip: Pull out the stove, clean the area, and use degreaser for stubborn spots.

Cleaning the kitchen cabinets
Photo by Liliana Drew

5. Tops of Cabinets

Out of sight and often out of mind, the tops of cabinets accumulate dust and grease that often go unnoticed.

Cleaning Tip: Wipe down regularly with a microfiber cloth or a duster.

Clean your dishwasher and dishwasher filter regularly

6. Dishwasher

Residue buildup in your dishwasher not only hampers its cleaning performance but also poses hygiene concerns, creating an environment for harmful bacteria.

Cleaning Tip: Run an empty cycle with vinegar or baking soda to clean the interior, and wash the inside with hot water and dishwashing liquid to remove soap scum. Clean the dishwasher filter Thoroughly at least once a month with vinegar and baking soda, or use a commercial dishwasher cleaner.

Keep your remote controls clean
Photo by Ron Porter.

7. Remote Controls

We use remote controls seemingly for everything these days, but these frequently touched are seldom cleaned, leading to the accumulation of germs.

Cleaning Tip: Wipe down the remote control with a disinfectant wipe or a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol.

8. Cell Phones

Everyone has one. A constant companion that accumulates bacteria from our hands and surfaces.

Cleaning Tip: Use a microfiber cloth lightly dampened with rubbing alcohol to sanitize your phone regularly.

Keep your bed pillows clean
Photo by Manuela

9. Bed Pillows

Over time, bed pillows accumulate a mix of dust mites, dead skin cells, and allergens, creating an environment that can impact your sleep quality and respiratory health.

Cleaning Tip: Follow care instructions for washing or use pillow protectors. Consider replacing pillows every 1-2 years.

Small child crawling and playing on clean carpet
Photo by Pavel Danilyuk

10. Carpets and Rugs

From throw rugs and accent rugs to doormats and wall-to-wall carpets, these floor coverings serve as traps for dust, allergens, and pet dander, impacting indoor air quality.

Cleaning Tip: Vacuum regularly, and schedule professional carpet cleaning at least once a year.

11. Wall Vents and Floor Registers

f your home is equipped with an HVAC system and ductwork for heating and cooling, vents, grilles, and registers become collectors of dust and allergens, significantly impacting indoor air quality.

Cleaning Tip: Vacuum and wipe regularly, and consider professional duct cleaning.

Keep your toothbrush holders clean.
Photo by Towfiqu Barbhuiya.

12. Toothbrush Holders

Often overlooked, but toothbrush holders can harbor germs from your toothbrushes.

Cleaning Tip: Disassemble the holder and wash it with warm, soapy water. Regularly replace toothbrushes, and clean the holder weekly.

13. Bathroom Faucet Handles

Frequently touched with dirty hands, bathroom faucet handles become a hotspot for germ buildup.

Cleaning Tip: Wipe faucet handles with disinfectant wipes or a mixture of water and vinegar.

Keep your kitchen and bathroom sink faucets clean
Photo by Ron Porter.

14. Faucet Aerators

The accumulation of lime and scale buildup in faucet aerators can impede water flow and diminish the efficiency of your fixtures.

Cleaning Tip: Soak in vinegar to dissolve mineral deposits and clean with a brush.

15. Behind the Toilet

Behind the Toilet: Frequently overlooked and easily prone to collecting dust and grime, the area behind the toilet is a commonly neglected space during cleaning routines.

Cleaning Tip:  To tackle the often neglected area behind the toilet, create an effective cleaning solution by mixing water with a mild cleaning agent or incorporating bleach for added disinfection. Dampen a microfiber cloth or sponge with the solution and thoroughly wipe down the floor and wall areas around the toilet, if using bleach ensure proper ventilation during the cleaning process.

Declutter, check for leaks, and wipe down surfaces regularly.
Photo by Kaktus Argentina.

16. Under the Bathroom Sink

Often overlooked, the space beneath bathroom sinks becomes cluttered and a little dirty over time. and is susceptible to leaks. On pedestal sinks, the underside of the sink basin is often overlooked during routine cleaning.

Cleaning Tip: Declutter, check for leaks, and wipe down surfaces regularly.

17. Shower Curtain and Liner

Over time, shower curtain liners can suffer from the accumulation of soap scum and mold.

Cleaning Tip: Wash the curtain and liner in the washing machine regularly.

Clean high-traffic door knobs and door handles often
Photo by Charlotte May

18. Doorknobs and Handles

Being frequently touched surfaces, doorknobs and handles become hotspots for the transfer of germs.

Cleaning Tip: Wipe down all high-use door handles and doorknobs regularly with disinfectant wipes.

Wipe wall and light switches with disinfectant or a mixture of water and mild soap.

19. Light Switches and Plates

As frequently touched surfaces, light switches and plates have the potential for germ buildup over time.

Cleaning Tip: Wipe with disinfectant or a mixture of water and mild soap.

20. Trash Cans

Odor and bacteria buildup are common issues in both kitchen and bathroom bins.

Cleaning Tip: Wash trash cans with a solution of water and bleach, and regularly replace trash bags.

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