(BPT) - Home is where you live, eat, sleep and everything in between. It’s a sanctuary away from work and the chaos of the outside world, but have you ever given thought to how filthy even the most commonly used items are? To keep your clean home happening so that you can enjoy your treasured time, take care of the grimy spots on a daily basis. Here’s a list of some of the dirtiest objects in the home.
The kitchen sponge, used to clean the dirtiest of pots and pans, is one of the grossest items you own. Bacteria and germs migrate toward the damp item time and time again. The best way to fight against this is to change disposable sponges weekly, as well as wash it in the dishwasher daily.
Bringing the outdoors in on a daily basis allows dirt, pollution, dust and germs to get tracked in on shoes and dirty feet. Keeping floors clean is essential to overall health and keeping the home in tip-top shape. Fight the stains and odor by using ARM & HAMMER(TM) OxiClean Extractor(TM) on smelly, dirty carpet, making your home the oasis you treasure.
Just think of where your key chain has been … then you’ll realize how much dirt, grime and germs thrive on them. From being held, tousled in bags, thrown on counters and stuck in key holes, your keys and key chain are home to a lot of bacteria. Use disinfectant spray and a paper towel to clean them often.
Kitchen cutting boards
This probably doesn’t come as a shocker to most, but the cutting board is home to a lot of nasty germs and bacteria. Steer clear of mold, mildew and cross-contamination by investing in an eco-friendly board that won’t allow germs to grow and spread. Use soap and water to disinfect after every use. Plastic cutting boards can be washed in the dishwasher, while wooden ones should be cleaned with white vinegar.
Isn’t it ironic that the tool that cleans your teeth is also home to living bacteria? Setting your toothbrush in a holder allows bacteria to spread around it, in turn putting the bacteria onto the toothbrush and into your mouth. Be sure to clean the holder often with soap and water or disinfectant wipes.
Vacuum bags and filters
The vacuum is an essential tool to capture dirt from surfaces, but what about the vacuum itself? Most Americans do not change their filters or bags as recommended. Filled with dust, dirt and debris, dirty filters and bags continue to circulate those allergens throughout the home while vacuuming and prevent vacuums from operating at top performance. To prevent this, change your filter every three to six months and bags every one to two months. Try ARM & HAMMER(TM) Premium Filters and Bags and keep air and surfaces fresh and clean at all times.
Kids, dogs and cats all tend to be a little dirty. So it makes sense that their toys would be too. Toys are some of the filthiest objects in the house, but keeping them clean doesn’t have to be a hassle. Clean plastic toys by boiling them in water, wipe down wooden toys with disinfectant and put any fabric toys in the washing machine to keep kids and pets healthy.