Top 10 Germ Hang-outs and How to Get Rid of Them
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Top 10 Germ Hang-outs and How to Get Rid of Them

Top 10 germ hang-outs that can be found in your home. Tips on how to get rid of germs inside your home.

More and more threats of diseases are always around us such as the Influenza A (H1N1) virus and the swine flu. At the same time, more and more people are taking protective measures in public places just to avoid being contaminated and infected with virus these diseases bring.

Most often, we not only get these diseases from public places such as restrooms, drinking fountains and public transport systems. According to international study, people have overlooked their homes as being hotbeds for bacteria. Most homes are brimming with germs, and in many places where they have been easily overlooked.

According to the Hygiene Council’s study, kitchens are dirtier than bathrooms due to global cleaning patterns where most people overlook it in favor of concentrating on the bathroom as being a top priority to clean more regularly and thoroughly.

Kitchen cloth wipes and sponges

Experts say that a used kitchen sponge can contain thousands of bacteria per square inch, including E.coli and salmonella because the gaps in the sponge are a perfect trap for germs and viruses which are difficult to disinfect.

Remedy: Wash kitchen cloths in hot water and replace sponges regularly. Use separate sponges in washing dishes and in cleaning kitchen area. You may heat kitchen sponges in the microwave to kill the bacteria.

Kitchen sinks and faucets

People use the kitchen sinks and faucets to wash their hands after handling many things. They touch the faucet to turn the water on and leaving bacteria on it.

Remedy: Use a disinfectant spray to kill germs in faucets regularly. Clean kitchen counters and sink with an antibacterial product after preparing food, particularly raw fruits and vegetables.


Where there is food, there is going to be bacteria.

Remedy: Wipe the fridge down thoroughly once a week and deep clean it once a month. Toss out even suspected spoiled food immediately and without hesitation whenever you come across it.

Tub and showers

Bathtub may have 100 times more bacteria than a trash can, and the shower is a germ-laden place due to the accumulation of dead skin cells in the tub.

Remedy: Disinfect showers and tubs twice a week.

Washing machines

Dirty laundry such as clothes and towels carry thousands of germs. After a certain wash, many germs remain alive inside the machine to contaminate the next batch of clothes or lines.

Remedy: Wash very soiled items at a high temperature to reduce the risk of infection. Use bleach on undergarments to ensure cleanliness and wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.

Microwave touch screens or icons

People handling raw food to cook could inadvertently leave behind E.coli or Salmonella on the handle and touch screen of the microwave.

Remedy: Wipe down the microwave surface, including the buttons regularly with disinfectant cleanser.

TV Remote Controls and the Like

Items like door knobs, mobile phones, telephones, home computer keyboards and the TV remote control are among the most frequently used yet seldom cleaned items.

Remedy: Sanitize the remote control regularly with rubbing alcohol to prevent sickness. You could also cover your remote in plastic or a zip-lock bag to make cleaning easier.

Light Switches

Touching the light switch is practically unavoidable. The bathroom light switch can have as many germs as a trash bin.

Remedy: Disinfect light switches twice a week or every day if a member of the household is sick.


The bedroom is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites which feed on dead skin. These dead skin cells often get trapped on bed sheets, blankets, covers and pillow cases.

Remedy: Wash bed sheets with hot water at least once a week. Ensure that lines are dry before returning them to the bed. Mattresses should be covered in a plastic dust proof cover.

Carpets and Rugs

Carpets are the largest reservoir of dust in the home because they contain hair and skin cells, food debris, dirt and insects. Dirty carpets are often the result of people walking around in shoes, which are used outdoors and tend to pick up all kinds of dirt, mud, grass and debris, among other things from outdoors.

Remedy: Embarrassing it might be, learn to ask your family and guests to take off their shoes and go barefoot, wear socks or indoor slippers at home, vacuum carpets to keep them clean, but don't forget to regularly empty the vacuum cleaner otherwise you’ll just be spreading the same germs.

Though no home can ever be totally germ-free, taking note of these common hotspots can go a long way in ensuring the health of your family.

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Comments (6)
Ranked #10 in Home Safety

great article, no votes left so I tweeted

GREAT forethought Aileen, thanks.

Excellent article!

Excellent! Voted and appreciated.

indeed you are perfectly right about all those germs. good article!

Ranked #14 in Home Safety

Thank you!