The germiest places in our homes


This article, entitled "Our Homes' Germiest Places," comes from Jen Lennon, MomsEveryday correspondent from Southern Colorado.

Our home is our sanctuary, which can sometimes be downright dirty. Here is a list of some of the germiest household items, and how to clean ‘em up.

First, dish rags and sponges – the filthiest things in your home. Frequently wash rags in hot water, and pop your sponge in the microwave for a minute to kill bacteria.

Next, the kitchen sink – which tends to be crawling with bacteria. Wipe down with a disinfectant daily.

Another germ hot spot? Your toothbrush. They can become contaminated with bacteria released with every toilet flush. Let them air dry in an upright holder, dip them in antiseptic mouthwash frequently, and close the lid when you flush.

Next up, electronics. Remote controls, computer keyboards and tablets are loaded with germs and not often cleaned. Make a point to wipe these surfaces with a disinfecting wipe at least once a week.

Your family room carpet is also likely filled with bacteria. Vacuum weekly and then spritz a fabric sanitizer.

Other dirty items that need some attention, include used bath towels, your purse and the pet’s bed.

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