We know there are dirty, germ-infested areas in our homes that we frequently clean because it would be kinda gross to ignore them (places like our toilet bowls- which house 3.2 million bacteria/square inch according to WebMD… makes me feel so much better about my son drinking from the toilet a couple weeks ago… you can read about it here). There are, however, other areas of our homes that we overlook because we just don’t think about them much. It’s time to get out your disinfecting wipes folks, because I’m going to give you some facts on the bacteria looming in often ignored spaces.
*All bacteria facts were found here, on Web MD
The Kitchen Sink
Would you believe that your kitchen drain is home to 567,845 bacteria/square inch? The actual sink, near the drain, has 17,964 bacteria/square inch, and the faucet handle has 13,227 bacteria/square inch. That’s some serious bacteria! The kitchen sink is the dirtiest place in your home, after the toilet bowl.
Refrigerator Door Handle
Alright, the door of you refrigerator has approximately 319 bacteria/square inch. Not as bad as the kitchen sink, but still. Time to wipe that down!
Think of how many times people touch light switches in the house. A lot, right? The average bathroom light switch contains 217 bacteria/square inch. Let’s just wipe those guys off there, shall we?
While we often clean the inside of our microwaves (because stuff explodes in there), we often neglect wiping off the outside. Those buttons you press every time you heat up your coffee- they contain 214 bacteria/square inch. When washing the inside of the microwave, just remember to wipe down those buttons while you’re at it.
Don’t neglect the door handles in your home, they house about 121 bacteria/square inch (that was on the inside bathroom door handle).
I was actually surprised this little handle didn’t have more bacteria on it, but it does contain about 83 bacteria/square inch. Before I wipe down the toilet seat with my cleaning wipes, I always wipe the handle first. I do wipe down the light switches and door handles in the bathroom as well. But, in honesty, I don’t often wipe down the switches and handles in other parts of the house, and I need to.
There are seriously 312 remotes in our house, and I really don’t think about disinfecting them unless I have a kid with the stomach flu that’s been playing video games all day. Your remotes hold about 70 bacteria/square inch. It really wouldn’t take much to wipe them down and kill off those germs.
Computer Keyboard & Mouse
I’m on the computer a lot and I do not ever wipe it down, but I really should start. The keyboard has 64 bacteria/square inch, and the mouse 50 bacteria/square inch. Nice.
When you really think about it, it is SO easy to grab a couple wipes and just run it over these items. How long could it take… 15 minutes for everything? Okay, I’m off to wipe down my sink… and maybe clean my toilet again.
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