Health & Fitness

5 Surprising “Germiest” Spots in Your Home


When discussing, what’s the germiest place in your house, most people answer toilet and waste bins. But, as you do not leap into a waste bin or clean up your dishes in a toilet bowl, these aren’t areas to worry about. Check out this list of surprisingly germ-laden culprits, and work towards cleaning them and protecting your family.

Kitchen Sink is one of the germiest places in your home

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Your Bathtub

Isn’t it ironic that the area that we use to clean up can be so germy? Well, it’s because we wash the dirt and germ off our body into the tub and as bacteria love to multiply in a moist environment, this indeed is a perfect place for them to live. Thus, it is recommended to wash and scrub your tub with a disinfected cleaner at least once a week.

Bed Sheets

When climbing into your bed after a long tiring day at work, you probably do not think about the dirt and germs that had clung onto your clothing and feet. However, as you start getting a little cozy, germs also get comfortable on your bed with you. In addition, sweat, hair, and, drool at night make up for an ideal place for most harmful germs to breed. It is recommended that you change your bed sheets two-three times a week in summers and once a week in winters and wash them in warm water using regular detergent.

Your Toothbrush

Germiest spots in your house

I know it’s hard to believe that something that you put into your mouth regularly can actually have germs. But, as unpleasant as it may sound, the toothbrush is a good place for bacteria to grow. When you flush the toilet, the germs can fly 6-10 feet finding their way onto the toothbrush. Sounds awful, isn’t? So, from now on, place your toothbrush far away from the toilet and protect it in a plastic holder.

Television Remote

Have you ever thought about cleaning your television remote control? No? Well, you might want to reconsider. The television remote being one of the most touched items in every household surprisingly is one of the germiest items in your house. And as it’s never cleaned, the possibilities are extreme. Perhaps, now you would want to clean that dirt and smudge filled remote with a sanitary wipe.

Stove Knobs

To your surprise, kitchen is the germiest of all the household areas, and our hands often contaminate stove knobs. Undoubtedly, it is just another object that we forget to clean up. As a matter of basic hygiene, apart from regularly wiping the knobs, it is recommended to wash your hands before and after cooking. .

Now you are aware about the 5 most common places where germs linger in your household. So, do let us know through comments what is your best method to disinfect your home?

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Anchal Bhatia
An animal lover! Anchal is a blogger, writer, and a creative entrepreneur. After graduating in English from Delhi University, she dabbled briefly into the corporate sector. Soon she realized that entrepreneurship was her true calling and started her own network of blogs. Just like her if you are crazy about all things wedding or looking to plan one that’s beyond ordinary; you can visit her personal wedding blog for inspiration.