5) Coffee Makers: For all the avid coffee drinkers out there that rush in the mornings and forget to clean your pot, here's something you might want to consider. The dark and damp reservoirs of coffee makers make it a perfect place for harmful bacteria to grow. 50% of these reservoirs showed mold and yeast.
Cleaning Tip: While many people suggest using vinegar and run it through, this in fact does not kill the germs, but it does help. More importantly, to disinfect it and rid the germs, use a disinfectant wipe.
4) Pet Bowls: This might shock pet owners, but 45 % of pet bowls contained mold and 18% contained potentially harmful bacteria.
Cleaning Tip: Put bowls in the dishwasher, or hand wash and then use an alcohol/bleach free disinfectant wipe to ensure the harmful bacteria has been killed and it is safe for your pet to eat from.
3) Toothbrush Holders: This one is pretty gross as a whopping 64% of toothbrush holders had mold and 27% contained harmful bacteria.
Cleaning Tip: If it is dishwasher safe, put it in there. If it is not, use soap and water and do it the good old-fashioned way, by hand. After, it is imperative you wipe it down to disinfect it.
2) Kitchen sinks: Much like a dishwasher where lots of dirty dishes are put, 45% of sinks contained harmful bacteria, and 27% contained mold.
Cleaning Tip: Clean the sides and bottom of the sink at least three times a week.
1) Dish sponges/rags: Coming in at number 1 are dish sponges/rags. These are the “germiest” items in your house. That’s right, the thing used to clean a lot of your dirty items has the most germs. 77% contained harmful germs and another 86% contained mold and yeast. To make things worse, 18% contained Staph bacteria, which can cause some serious infections.
Cleaning Tip: Microwave wet sponges at least once a day for around one and a half minutes in an attempt to kill potentially harmful bacteria. Also, you should constantly be replacing these sponges and rags.
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