10 Most Dirty Places and Things That Everyone Forgets

10 Most Dirty Places and Things That Everyone Forgets

There is no toilet in this list, but there is another familiar item from the bathroom.

1. Keyboard

On the keyboard within one square centimeter lives more than 500 000 bacteria. This is due to the fact that people sitting down at a computer or laptop do not even think about how to wash their hands. Everything that you bring from the street is deposited on the keyboard in a dense layer. Add dust and crumbs to it. The result is an ideal hotbed of pathogens.

What to do?

First, wash your hands every time you go home. Secondly, carry out general cleaning of the keyboard at least once a week. More often if you are not the only device user.

Turn off the keyboard, turn it over and, gently tapping on the back, knock out the dirt stuck between the buttons. You can use a regular hair dryer to blow dust and debris. Use tweezers as an aid.

Then prepare a mild soapy solution (in a glass of water, dilute a few drops of detergent). You can wipe the keys and the space between them with a lint-free cloth or a clean a toothbrush. After the procedure, wipe the keyboard with a dry cloth.

2. Mobile Phones 

During the day, the cell phone gets into a lot of dirty places: it lies in the pocket where you just took out the money from, or on the desktop, which there is always no time to wipe. The phone is taken with unwashed hands after a store, metro, public transport. In a word, it carries a huge amount of all kinds of microbes in a day.

What to do?

Be sure to completely disinfect your mobile phone once a week. Define a special place for it in a purse or backpack. Wipe your smartphone with cleaning cloths as often as possible.

At home, take microfiber cloth, apply a few drops of antibacterial hand liquid on it, and then wipe your mobile device. To keep the phone as clean as possible, use a headset on the street and in public places.

3. Drain hole in the sink

Siphon sinks — the most favorable environment for the reproduction of bacteria. As a rule, housewives pay attention to its condition when the drain becomes clogged or an unpleasant odor appears.

What to do?

Prepare a special solution and pour the mixture into the drain hole at 20–30 minutes. Pre-wrap the rag in polyethylene and plug the drain with it. The solution can be prepared in several ways:

  •  ½ cups of hot water one teaspoon of soda.
  • Mix ½ cups of white vinegar 3–9% and a teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Mix ½ cups of white vinegar 3–9% and a teaspoon of soda.

Accumulated fat deposits are cleaned with a saturated salt solution (3 tablespoons of salt per 1 glass of hot water). After cleaning, flush the drain with a powerful jet of hot water.

Try to keep the kitchen clean. Change sponges and towels more often, wash the fridge handles and use five separate cutting boards for meat, fish, raw vegetables and fruits, boiled foods, bread.

4. Toothbrush

A toothbrush can become a source of reproduction for more than 100 million bacteria harmful to the body. And this is absolutely natural, because we brush our teeth every day, removing plaque and food debris. After a while, the brush literally overgrows with bacteria.

What to do?

Every three months, toothbrushes need to be replaced with new ones and stored upright.

To disinfect, you can lower the brush by 30 seconds in an oral rinse that contains alcohol. You can also immerse it in boiling water for a couple of minutes or wash it in a dishwasher, placing it on the top shelf. Rinse the brush with hot water after use.

5. Keys

There are as many bacteria on the surface of the keys as there are on the elevator call button. We never wipe the keys and always take them with dirty hands. They fall on the porch or on the street, stored in dirty pockets. and bring an incredible amount of infectious bacteria into the house. Some give to their children as a toy, which is unacceptable and dangerous to the health of the child.

What to do

As soon as you get home, first wash your hands and then carefully wipe the keys (including the car) with antiseptic wipes. Make it a rule to store keys in your housekeeper so that bacteria are not spread throughout the house.

6. Wallet and money

On average, one wallet contains about 30 000 bacteria per square centimeter. The older the bill, the more it bears infections: helminths, Koch sticks, pathogens of tuberculosis and meningitis. Paying money, people exchange bacteria.

What to do?

After each contact with money, wash your hands or wipe them with a special disinfectant. Keep money in your wallet, not in your clothing pockets. Do not leave bills on the dining table, in the hallway, do not drop them on a bed or sofa. Choose a permanent place for your wallet and periodically wipe it with antiseptic wipes.

7. Carpets

Per square centimeter of ordinary carpet at 4 000 times more bacteria than the same toilet area. The fleecy surface of the carpet becomes an excellent place of accumulation of various bacteria, dust mites, and particles of dead skin.

What to do?

Clean the carpet regularly with a vacuum cleaner. Dissolve 2 to remove stains and dust. teaspoons of ammonia in 1 liter of water. Clean the carpet with a brush dampened in the mixture. Then ventilate the room and let the carpet dry.

Conventional baking soda also copes with the deep cleaning of carpets and rugs. It can be used both in dry form and in the form of a solution (in a glass of water, dissolve a tablespoon of soda). Put the mixture on the carpet and leave on 40 minutes, then vacuum. So you not only get rid of pollution but also update the color of the coating.

8. Hallway

Here, you first bring thousands of germs from the street directly into the apartment. In addition, pets are often liked to be here, which then spread bacteria to furniture, tables, window sills and carpets.

What to do?

First of all, buy a special rug for the hallway, which will absorb dirt and street dust. Take off on it, and then go on.

Once a week, the mat must be cleaned with detergent in hot water. Get your shoes in order as soon as you get home. Wipe the floors in the hallway daily with any disinfectant.

9. A curtain for a bathroom

Bacteria multiply more actively in a humid environment. Bathroom curtains are especially prone to ubiquitous mold. But usually, they are never cleaned, believing that the soap solution falling on the curtains is enough to disinfect.

What to do?

It is recommended to clean the bathroom curtain once a month. Polyethylene curtains are best replaced with vinyl. Mildew appears less frequently on them. In addition, they can be machine washed at 40 degrees (without spin and drying). It is enough to wipe the polyester curtains with a sponge.

Soak the curtain together with mounts in saltwater. This will help get rid of mold. If the curtain is made of water-repellent fabric, it can be soaked in a weak solution of bleach-containing chlorine. Dry the curtains after each use and ventilate the bathroom more often.

10. Dishwasher and washing machine

Despite the fact that both technical means are designed to maintain order and cleanliness, they themselves are a source of microbes.

What to do?

Once every six months, clean the door gasket of the dishwasher using a specialized tool recommended by the manufacturer. To prevent mold from appearing, wipe the chamber, door, gaskets and pre-filter dry daily.

Clean the bottom of the machine door and the space between the gaskets regularly. After use, leave the dishwasher open until completely dry.

Once a month, rinse the drain filter of the washing machine with detergent underwater. Keep the powder tray clean.

To rid the machine of mold and bacteria, sometimes use any oxygen-containing bleach. Or you can wash cotton kitchen towels by pouring 100 into the powder compartment milliliter disinfectant.

For complete decontamination of equipment, at least once a month, thoroughly rinse all removable parts (filters, powder tray, drain hose), as well as door seals.