Eight surfaces that are dirtier than your toilet seat.

KID'S HEALTH

A woman holding a duster

Who doesn’t love the sight and smell of a clean and tidy house? But remember microbes are not visible. And of course some surfaces in our house look clean but they are not!

The first room in our house that we might think gathers more germs than others is the bathroom and the toilet seat. But for that very reason, the toilet seat, as we are all afraid of its dirtiness, is usually cleaner than other surfaces. Most surfaces above suspicion are the most commonly touched ones:

The Sink:

The sink is one of the dirtiest places in our homes. The sponge gathers many germs while dishwashing. What you can easily do to remove all the remaining germs is to strain the sponge every time you use it or put it in the dishwasher. Additionally, sanitize the sink with hot water. Remember to replace your sponge appropriate according to the frequency of its use.

Carpet:

Carpets can store microbes from our shoes and dust that is harmful to our lungs. Try to clean it as often as possible and remove any crumbs or food that are spilled immediately

Towels:

Hand towels, due to moisture, create an ideal environment for the reproduction of germs. It is advisable to wash the towels every 2 days.

Reusable bags:

Reusable bags while helping to save our planet by reducing the consumption of plastic bags can retain a lot of bacteria, especially when they are not cleaned after the placing of raw foods.

Touchscreens:

Touchscreens are now a key part of our everyday life. Most of them are contaminated with bacteria from our intestinal system.

The Elevator button:

The button of the lift especially that of the ground floor is a germ magnet and hotspot for common viruses - especially germs from the nose.

The Lid of the toilet:

When we close the lid of the toilet and we pull the flush we limit the germs leaving the toilet. However, many water drops filled with germs from the toilet water left on the lid. Don't forget to clean it.

Laundry basket:

Your clothes, especially underwear carry many bacteria. Germs accumulate and contaminate the rest of your clothes and your washing machine. To avoid transmission of bacteria from underwear, wash them separately in hot water and disinfectant detergent suitable for colored garments.