The Dirtiest Things You Touch Every Day (& How To Keep Them Clean)

Bacteria is everywhere. While that may sound scary, not all bacteria is harmful to you and your family.

However, there are some things that we touch day in day out that harbour a lot of germs and some of them can be dangerous.

To help keep you clean and safe, we’ve listed some of the common objects that can be home to lots of nasties - as well as some pointers on how to clean them.

 

Welcome mats

Your welcome mat sees the bottoms of the shoes of everyone who comes into your home, so it goes without saying that it’s going to be dirty. However, do you know just how dirty it can really be?

Welcome mats can be home to some really nasty bacteria, including Clostridium difficile which can cause illnesses such as fever, diarrhoea, and stomach pain. Depending on which material your welcome mat is made of, you’ll need to wash it in different ways, whether that’s using a washing machine or a vacuum cleaner. Either way, the trick is to wash it thoroughly and regularly.

Soap dispensers

Soap dispensers are touched by people who are about to wash their hands, which makes them really dirty. Especially in public restrooms. It’s said that around a quarter of soap dispensers in public restrooms harbour faeces!

While your soap dispenser at home may come into contact with fewer grubby hands, it’s still likely to be super dirty. With that in mind, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer with an automatic dispenser.

 

Shopping carts

This one might be obvious, but we couldn’t miss it off the list. Shopping carts can be filthy! They’re touched by hundreds of people day in day out and not everyone has clean hands.

In fact, it’s not unheard of to pick up salmonella and E. coli on shopping cart handles. A good way to combat picking up germs from shopping cart handles is to take a hand sanitizer spray or antibacterial wipes with you to the grocery store. Give it a clean when you put it away to keep other shoppers safe, too.

 

Vacuum cleaners

You might be surprised to learn that your vacuum cleaner is quite possibly one of the dirtiest items in your home. You don’t just suck in bacteria with your vacuum cleaner, you also suck in dirt and food which helps them thrive.

It’s quite simple to limit the amount of bacteria you keep in and spread with your vacuum cleaner. Empty the bag regularly (empty it outdoors so the bacteria doesn’t release inside your home) and clean out the cavity.

 

Dish towels

Wash your dish towels as often as you can, even if that’s every day. Many of us use dish towels for all kinds of kitchen activities from cleaning up messes to drying our dishes. If you don’t wash your dish towels in between uses, it can be quite dangerous.

E. coli and MRSA are just two of the nasties that are known to be found in dish towels, both of which can cause you and your family to have health problems. Separating what you use to clean up spills and wipe dishes is a good way to prevent the spread of germs.

 

Cell phones

By now, most of us know that taking your cell phone into the bathroom with you is a sure fire way to get bacteria all over it. But even if you don’t, it’s still pretty likely that your cell phone is home to a lot of nasties, especially in the creases and crevices of the phone case if you have one.

It can be simple to keep on top of germs on your cell phone. Using antibacterial wipes on the surfaces can keep unpleasant germs and bacteria at bay.

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