Top 3 Germiest Places in the Home

Keeping our homes clean is a never-ending task, so knowing where to focus our efforts can come in mighty helpful. Of course we know germs can linger in toilets or on dishes containing raw meat, we might overlook a few other common spots bacteria and viruses like to hang out. A quick wipe-down with diluted vinegar will clean up these offending spots quickly and easily.

1. Sponges and rags. When we wipe dishes or countertops with soiled rags, we’re simply transferring bacteria from one place to another. To make sure you’re actually ridding your kitchen of bacteria, wash sponges and rags with soap and hot water between uses or replace these items often. Dropping a sponge in boiling water or heating it (while wet) in the microwave for four minutes will kill most disease-causing germs. The sponge will be hot, so be careful when removing it from the microwave.

Another great option? Make your own quick-wipes: Store multiple squares of cotton cloth (think cut up old T-shirts or pajamas) in a container filled with a mixture of 1 cup water, 1 ounce liquid castile soap and 6 to 8 drops of your favorite essential oil (try antimicrobial lemon or tea tree). Wipe down counters with the wipes, then toss them in the wash and return them to the jar for reuse. Get many more natural cleaning recipes.

2. The remote control. Often used but rarely cleaned, remotes can harbor tons of germs, especially if you have kids. Dilute white vinegar in warm water, then wet a soft cloth with the solution. Wipe remote and dry with another soft cloth. And don’t forget video game controls and computer mice while you’re at it!

3. The vacuum. We think of the vacuum as a cleaning tool, not a home for germs. But vacuum brushes, bags and filters make great hiding places for germs like E. coli. Because food is sucked into the vacuum, bacteria can survive for a long time inside. To keep bacteria out, change vacuum bags often, and remove brushes and filters for a quick cleaning monthly. Clean the cavity of a bagless vacuum with vinegar or all-purpose cleaner and let it air dry.

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the share!

Melania Padilla
Melania P5 years ago

Thank you!

Alyssa Riley
Alyssa Riley5 years ago

I replace my sponges weekly. Ew, I'm cleaning my vacuum tomorrow.

NO ANY FW to me Rumbak
ANA MARIJA R5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Nimue Pendragon

No surprise.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie C5 years ago

I'm going to try putting my kitchen sponges in the microwave. I usually drop them in the silverware section of my dishwasher before I run it.

My husband got a really nasty cold and he shared it with me. I think I picked up his nasty ole germs off the TV remote.

I would never have thought about the vacuum, but it makes sense!!

Thanks for the information!!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago

Mouse, remote control etc...

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago


Chad A.
Chad Anderson5 years ago

Thank you for the eye-opener!

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

ooh, i love the idea for making your own quick-wipes!!