Today I’m sharing the third and final post for my series on how to spring clean the 10 dirtiest places in your home based on a 2011 NSF germ study. To see what the top 6 dirtiest place in your home are, click HERE to start the series – I think you’ll be shocked at what some of them are!
Now let’s explore the final four dirty spaces that we are going to slay with our spring cleaning!
How to Spring Clean the 10 Dirtiest Places In Your Home – Part 3
What You’ll Need:
- Plain 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- All Purpose Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner
- Fragrance Free Liquid Castille Soap
- Hydrogen Peroxide Wipes
#7 Bathroom Faucet Handles
Finally, something from the bathroom! Although I’m still a little shocked that it’s the bathroom faucet handles on the top 10 list and not the toilet seat or handle. (This is a pleasant surprise for me actually. I’m in the middle of potty training my daughter. Now, watching her touch all over the toilet seat and handles makes my stomach a little less queasy, although it still makes me cringe.)
To thoroughly clean the faucet handles, make sure to first remove any soap scum and debris. Second, generously spray the handles with a solution of equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and water. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes, then rinse or wipe thoroughly.
#8 Kitchen Counter Top
And, here’s yet another surface from our kitchen. I’m starting to see a pattern here. It seems that the kitchen is the dirtiest place in the home, just from the sheer number of appearances on our top 10 list.
Fortunately, since countertops are hard and smooth and normally don’t have many cracks for bacteria to hide in, cleanup is relatively easy. Remove all crumbs and debris, and spray generously with a solution of equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and water. Let it sit for 2 minutes and rinse. To save time, wipes or a food grade hydrogen peroxide based cleaner can be used here as well.
#9 Bathroom Door Knob
Interestingly, the bathroom door knob made it on the list, but not the toilet handle. My best guess as to why this is the case is because a lot of us don’t flush the toilet directly with our hands but use our elbows and feet instead. A door knob, however, is much harder to manipulate with an elbow or foot (although I actually was able to twist a door knob once with my two elbows!), so damp hands are more prone to come in contact with it. Plus, the sheer fact that door knobs are much less likely to be cleaned at all, help explain why they accumulate germs and rank as high as they do on this list.
To clean the bathroom door knobs, wipe them with hydrogen peroxide wipes, paying special attention to the crevices of the knob. Hydrogen peroxide wipes are great because not only do they contain peroxide, they physically remove grime and bacteria from the surface, much like washing does.
#10 Stove Knobs
Finally we close out our top 10 list with stove knobs – yet another item from our favorite germ-infested room – the kitchen. I must admit, when I clean my counters and stove, a lot of times I forget to clean the knobs. And when handling raw produce and meat, it’s easy to see how these can turn into breeding grounds for all sorts of bacteria and microorganisms.
Here again, hydrogen peroxide wipes are phenomenal and convenient (make sure to choose the food grade variety). Just wipe the knobs down, paying special attention to any crevices.
Phew! That was fun! Hopefully this series has given you some tips that will help you along with your spring cleaning this year! Any other areas that you think should have made it to the top 10 dirtiest places list? Let us know in the comments below!
And if you missed the first 2 posts, you can start the series by clicking HERE. Happy Spring Cleaning!!!
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