The Dirtiest Places in Your Home – and Why You Shouldn’t Worry

You would probably believe that the dirtiest places in your home, whether you live in an HDB flat or a condo in Singapore, are the kitchen sink and the floor – and for the most part, you would be right.

However, there may be more places harmful germs and bacteria could lurk inside your home without you ever knowing it until now – and here are just some of them:

Living Room
It would make sense that the area in the house that gets the highest traffic would also be one of the dirtiest areas in your home, and surfaces in your living room from chairs, sofas, remotes, etc. would also be touched or used by everyone.

Washing Machine
Leaving wet laundry in the washing machine even for a short amount of time can turn it into a hotbed for all kinds of germs and bacteria. If you have one at home, be sure to transfer clean clothes to the dryer right away.

Not even your room is safe from germs and bacteria – and not even your own body, for that matter. This is because your skin houses millions of microbes that, along with dead skin cells, sweat, and sometimes even saliva, can transfer to your linens and pillowcases.

Why You Shouldn’t Worry
Now that you know that bacteria can lurk in almost any surface wherever you go, there’s a good chance that you might start getting worried. But there’s really no need to.

In fact, most of the microbes that live in your home are harmless, and they aren’t always found on surfaces either. As long as you keep in mind the following tips, you can keep your home clean and sanitary:

• Replace cleaning items regularly. The average kitchen sponge has an unbelievably high bacteria count, and the same can be said about toothbrushes. To minimize any chance of getting sick at home, be sure to replace these regularly.

• Clean out your home. Even common household items, such as soap and water, bleach, or even disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers can do wonders in keeping your home clean and sanitary.

• Put your shoes away. Bringing and wearing outdoor shoes and footwear inside is an easy way to introduce all kinds of microbes into your home. As much as possible, before entering your home, take off your footwear.

• Change your air filter. Air filters capture dust, bacteria, and germs that could make people sick, but they can still clog up over time and perform poorly as a result. To keep your air fresh and clean for longer, be sure to change them regularly.