7 Of The Dirtiest Places In Your Home And How To Clean Them

Von John Griffith / April 24 2023
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Fun fact: the toilet seat isn’t actually the dirtiest place in your home. However, there are plenty of things around the house that are way dirtier than anything in the bathroom. Cleaning can be an overwhelming task and it’s understandable that some things get forgotten.┬áBut it’s time to start paying more attention to these ignored nooks, bits, and surfaces. Why? Well the more you don’t clean these things, the more harmful bacteria builds up. This can make our home a breeding ground for fungi, bugs, dirt, mold, and so on. Yikes! That’s why it’s finally time to bring these forgotten places and items into the light and give them a good scrub. Here are some of the dirtiest places in your home and how to clean them.

Fun fact: the toilet seat isn’t actually the dirtiest place in your home

dirtiest places in your home person using a broom

The Dirtiest Places In Your Home

There are a ton of things in the home that need cleaning. And while you may think you’ve put everything down on your cleaning schedule, we are here to tell you that there are plenty of places you are forgetting about. But don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are some places that may need your attention next time you are on a cleaning spree. They are super easy to clean, you just need to remember that you need to do it. So, let’s see what should be added to your cleaning list.

There are a ton of things in the home that need cleaning

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#Behind the radiator

Does anyone clean behind the radiator? Or even clean the radiator? This spot is often forgotten, as it is usually covered with furniture or other decorative objects. However, even if you do give the radiator a wipe down from time to time, it’s likely the grooves behind it are accumulating a ton of dirt, gunk and dust. A dirty radiator can increase your heating bills, as the dust squeezed in can prevent the heat from escaping. This means the radiator must do double the work to heat up the room. So, save yourself some money and take your vacuum cleaner and it’s hose and clean thoroughly. You can also buy a special attachment. If you don’t have a vacuum use a feather duster and cloth.

This spot is often forgotten, as it is usually covered with furniture or other decorative objects

things on the radiator

#Air vents

Dirty HVAC vents can cause allergies and asthma. Which is understandable. All the dirt, hair, and dead bugs love to get stuck there. And all the air that is circulating through your home is full of all the gunk that has collected on your air vents. Super! So, for the sake of your lung health, it’s time to clean the vents. The good news is you don’t need to spend money on a professional (well, sometimes you might). A normal household vacuum cleaner can suck up all that dirt and dust that is stuck in your air registers. Your hose just needs to be long enough. Make sure you wear a mask, so you don’t breathe in the dust while cleaning.

Dirty HVAC vents can cause allergies and asthma, so make sure to clean them

dirtiest places in your home white air vent

#Showerhead

While you make clean your shower space often, does that also include the showerhead? This part is often overlooked, but it is very important to clean. Over time the holes get clogged up with mold, soap scum, and mineral deposit. This means your showerhead isn’t as effective as it should be. Not only that but all those things also break off and go into your hair while you are showering. Yuck! Unscrew your showerhead and soak it in equal parts vinegar and water. If you can’t unscrew it, just fill up a plastic bag with the solution and tie it around the shower head. Let it sit for some hours and then let the water run. You can do this every time you fully clean the bathroom or at least once or twice a month.

While you make clean your shower space often, does that also include the showerhead?

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#Doorknobs, handles, and switches

Have you ever sat and thought about how many germs knobs, switches, and handles probably collect. They are constantly being touched, and more likely than not, with dirty hands. Yet, we rarely clean them. So, take some disinfecting wipes and make sure to wipe them down at least ones a week. This includes everything: every door handle, every cabinet knob, and the light switches in every room. Oh, and use a new wipe for every knob, handle, and switch. Or if you are using a cloth and disinfectant, wash the cloth for every new place.

Take some disinfecting wipes and make sure to wipe them down at least ones a week

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#Base/skirting boards

How often do you remember that you have skirting or base boards? Yea, exactly. Since they don’t sit at eye level or they are often covered by furniture, we tend to forget they exist completely. But they are there, at the bottom of the wall, collecting dust and gunk. So, it’s time to give them the right treatment. While it may seem like a bother to clean, as they are so close to the floor, there are easy ways to clean them. No need to be on all floors, dusting them with a cloth. Get a long feather duster or a vacuum with an attachment and go over them. This way you won’t have to bend over constantly.

How often do you remember that you have skirting or base boards?

white base board on brown floor

#Keyboards

Your keyboard is one of the most dirty places in your home. Especially, if multiple people use it. Dust gets in the crevices, as well as dirt, food particles, and all kind of bacteria from the hands. And it is a closed cycle of you putting more bacteria on the keyboard and by using it transferring it back to your fingers. Fingers you then use to touch your face and eat. So, make sure to clean your keyboard from time to time. You can check out our guide on how to properly do it, so you don’t damage it.

Your keyboard is one of the most dirty places in your home

black keyboard on marble counter

#Remote controls

Remote controls, console remotes, and honestly all types of technology rarely gets cleaned. That’s why they are on this list. Bacteria just builds up and builds up. Things like your phone, computer monitor, controllers, remote control, and so on can be cleaned and should be cleaned. You just need to do it carefully to not damage the electronics. Even a disinfectant wipe can do the job and it’s easy! Just get a cleaning cloth and a non-toxic disinfecting spray that is made for electronic surfaces and give them a good wipe down from time to time.

Remote controls, console remotes, and honestly all types of technology rarely gets cleaned

dirtiest places in your home person using the remote control

These were some of the dirtiest places in your home and how to properly clean them. We hope you found this article useful. Now that you know which places to look out for you can easily start incorporating them into your cleaning routine more often.

These were some of the dirtiest places in your home and how to properly clean them

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