It seems to never end. No matter how much we clean or disinfect, there will always be areas riddled with germs that won’t go away. Here’s a list of the Germiest places in everyone’s homes that no one expects.
Germs are sneaky buggers, so let’s get cracking on minimizing their existence!
Fact or Myth: The 5 Second Rule
We all know the 5 second “rule.” Our friends say that eating that fallen cookie is alright, but our parents had always told us “No!” Well who’s right?
In 2007 a study was conducted that discovered that no matter whether or not the food touched the floor for 5 seconds, 30, or even a split second, the same amount of microorganisms hung onto the food. So no, the 5 second rule is an absolute myth.
While depending on how clean the floor is, and if outdoor shoes had tread, you won’t get as sick as other conditions. But still, we don’t recommend it.
Bacteria That Our Pets Spread
We can never stop loving our adorable pets, but they’re one of the biggest contributors of bacteria. While not only does their body carry a whole different repertoire of microorganisms that humans carry, their food bowls, litter boxes, and chew toys all carry bacteria that need to be frequently cleaned.
While a food bowl is used daily, doesn’t mean you need to wash the bowl after every meal. Washing daily is recommended, chew toys every week or two, and litter boxes 2-4 weeks at the most.
These places breed bacteria that can certainly lead to sicknesses, so up keeping these pet supplies are of the utmost importance!
Kitchen Tools and Appliances
While this seems like a no-brainer, there’s a few objects people seem to forget to clean that harbor harmful bacteria.
Cutting Boards – Our cutting boards get exposed to many different forms of bacteria. We suggest a good wash after each use. Also, use a cutting board that isn’t as porous and absorbent. Using a good maple board is great, or going hard plastic.
Coffee Makers – It’s incredibly easy to just give these machines a quick rinse or a quick scrub, however this machine pulls liquid through its many moving parts. Remember to frequently pull out all removable parts and give them a detailed clean. The damp and dark nature of coffee machines allows rapid growth of harmful bacteria and even mold.
Stove Knobs – People forget that the knobs can get filthy as well. Not only does grease and food splash against it, but while we prepare raw foods; we touch these knobs as well. Every week or so you should remove the knobs and give them a good wash.
The Sponge – This is by far the filthiest tool in your kitchen. Rinsing the sponge will certainly not clean it thoroughly enough and it can spread its germs to other silverware and dishes that you may think are being cleaned. After use, put your wet sponge into the microwave and zap for two minutes. However, make sure your sponge does not contain steel or any metals before zapping. And while this helps kill most bacteria, you should change the sponge every two weeks or if there’s a noticeable foul smell
The Germiest Place: Your Smartphone
In this day and age, your smartphone has become an extension of our arm. We never leave home without it, and constantly check its notifications every half hour or less! So undoubtedly, we’ve taken out our phones, placed it down on a public table, a wet bar, or any public surface.
The smartphone is easily the most forgettable, bacteria-ridden item on your person. We cannot simply wash our phones, or stick them in the microwave, so what’s the alternative?
We invest in phone cases. Most people get phone cases to protect your phone, however if you have a standard plastic or rubber phone case, placing your phone down won’t be an issue since a case can be scrubbed and washed. There are phone cases that come with batteries or battery-powered features, and unfortunately those cannot be washed, so all we can recommend is using a simple plastic case that is both washable and sturdy to protect your arm, I mean phone.
We apologize for those of you who feel the need to scrub every inch of their homes after reading this. We don’t mean to scare you into having germ phobias, however these are the germiest places that we suggest everyone be conscientious of.
Happy disinfecting from Crucial Vacuum!