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Cleaning the Germiest Places in Your Home: Tips Every Neat Freak Should Know

Cleaning the Germiest Places in Your Home:

Tips Every Neat Freak Should Know

A row of mops propped on a bright red wall

If you know that your toilet isn't the dirtiest place in your house, (but still maintain that a toilet cleaning robot is mankind's greatest contribution to science simply because you can never be too clean), then you better grab hold of a hand sanitizer, things are about to get dirty. Find out which are the germiest places in your home and some tips on how to deep clean them!  


Mattresses, used linens and pillow cases are included in the germiest places in your home

Mattress and Pillows

Might as well call your bed a petri dish, because your bed is considered as one of the dirtiest household items. You’re sleeping with:

- Dust mites and bed bugs

- Chemicals

- Four types of fungal spores

- More than seven types of bacteria including Staphylococcus, Lactobacillus, and Streptococcus,

- Dead skin cells, oils, blood, urine, 26 gallons of sweat

- And things that only show up when you shine a UV light on it

Prolonged exposure to which can cause skin problems, fungal infections, and trigger asthma and other pre-existing allergies.

Cleaning Tips


1. Using your vacuum's upholstery attachment, give one side of your mattress a good cleaning.

2. If there are any stains on your mattress, refer to this very helpful post for spot treatment tips.

3. Deodorize your mattress by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda mixed with a few drops of your favorite essential oils and let it sit for about 10-20 minutes. You can also scrub it gently with a brush so it penetrates deep into your mattress.

4. Give it a good vacuum again, and repeat the process on the other side.

5. Finish it off with a waterproof, antibacterial mattress protector.

6. You can follow the same procedure when deep cleaning your pillows.


  • 1. Wash and change your linens, pillowcases, and blankets every week. While it's every six months for your duvet.

    • 2. When not in use, store your blankets, pillows, and duvets in a large packing cube to prevent them from gathering dust.

      • 3. Storing your linens and pillow cases in medium packing cubes also helps it extend its lifespan as it keeps it from being in contact with “certain wood and melamine shelves” which causes fading or discoloration to the fabric.

      Baby putting toy in mouth and another child organizing toys with packing cubes


      While there is an argument to be made about parents keeping their kids too clean, it's also true that kids are indeed regularly exposed to germs in the home that can be harmful to their health - most of which can be found in their toys.

      Cleaning Tips

      • 1. Wipe down plastic toys using antibacterial wipes after every use. Store toys in disinfected medium packing cubes to keep them off the bedroom floor.

      • 2. To deep clean plastic toys, wash them in a bleach solution at least once a week.

      • 3. According to a study, 80% of stuffed animals contain fecal bacteria that can cause food poisoning, so it’s recommended to wash them at least once a week especially in flu season.

      • 4. Use a disinfectant spray in high-touch surfaces to eliminate germs and bacteria.

        Curtains / Drapes

        Much like your bed linens, curtains or drapes in your room are quick to accumulate dust which can affect the quality of the air in your bedroom and aggravate pre-existing allergies like asthma. They contribute to a dirty house and can also affect your and your family's health.

        Cleaning Tips

        • 1. Give them a quick vacuum using the upholstery attachment as part of your daily cleaning routine to prevent dust buildup.

        • 2. If your curtains and drapes are made from fabric that can be washed in the machine, do so at least twice a week. If not, steam clean them to rid it of germs, bacteria, and allergens.

        • 3. Use a clear medium packing cube or large packing cube to keep them from collecting dust, mold, and mildew while in storage.


          Chopping boards are breeding grounds for dirt and bacteria

          Cutting Boards

          According to a study by the Global Hygiene Council, there are 200 times more fecal bacteria in chopping boards than in toilet seats. Left uncleaned, chopping boards are a breeding ground for Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E.coli from raw meat and poultry, which can cause food poisoning. A dirty kitchen is therefore considered as a breeding ground for bacteria and germs!

          Cleaning Tips:

          • 1. Always clean your chopping board with soap and water.

          • 2. Spray it with a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and salt. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Rinse with water.

          • 3. Remove stains and odor by rubbing coarse salt on to the board with half a lemon for a few minutes. Rinse with water.

          • 4. For a deeper clean, wipe it down with hydrogen peroxide and rinse with water afterwards.

          • 5. If you can, keep a separate chopping board for meats and vegetables.

          • 6. Replace your chopping board annually. 

            Dish Sponges

            In line with the dirtiest household items, a study by the National Sanitation Foundation International found that dish sponges contain loads of disease-causing bacteria like Campylobacter, Staphylococcus, Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. Not cleaning it after use can lead to cross contamination, causing anything from a mild tummy ache to severe food poisoning. 

            Cleaning Tips 

            • 1. Philip Tierno, a microbiologist from the New York University School of Medicine recommends soaking your sponge in a simple water and bleach solution, which is potent enough to kill anthrax spores, after every use to kill germs on contact.

            • 2. For a deeper clean, soak your sponge in a mixture of water and white vinegar for 24 hours. After squeezing off the excess water, heat it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

            • 3. It's also recommended to replace your dish sponge every two weeks.


              Tooth brush and bath tub, two of the dirtiest items in the house

              Toothbrush Holders or Cap

              In the same NSF International 2011 study mentioned above, toothbrush holders outrank pet bowls as the dirtiest household item with 27% Coliform, 14% Staph, and a whopping 64% of yeast and mold. Why? Because, when was the last time you thought about cleaning your toothbrush holder.

              Cleaning Tips

              • 1. Twice a week, give your toothbrush holder a wash in the dishwasher. Or soak in a bleach and water solution for a few minutes before rinsing. Make sure to do the same for your rinsing cups. 

                Bathroom Sink, Faucet, and Backsplash Tiles

                Because of its proximity to the toilet, these areas are prone to a phenomenon called "toilet plume" or when aerosolized feces are dispersed into the air when you flush with the seat up, which makes you susceptible to viruses like norovirus and hepatitis A, so deep cleaning them is absolutely necessary. 

                Cleaning Tips

                • 1. Keep a disinfectant spray near your sink and spray the faucet before and after use to remove bathroom germs.

                • 2. Deep clean your backsplash tiles 1-2 times a month with bleach or antibacterial cleaner. Grout is porous and easily absorbs moisture, toilet plume can settle in and create a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

                • 3. Store your clean bathroom towels in small packing cubes or medium packing cubes to keep them from being contaminated by toilet plume. 

                  Bathtub and Shower Walls

                  Because of the high humidity along with accumulated grime, dirt, soap and shampoo scum, your bathtub is rife with bacteria, about 120,000 per square inch according to this infographic, that doesn’t even include the ones found in the drain. So, if you have plans of soaking in the tub to relax, better put a hold on that until after a thorough deep cleaning.

                  Cleaning Tips 

                  1. Any water remaining in the bathtub invites the growth of fungi, mold, mildew, and staph bacteria, so make it a habit to dry your tub after use.

                  2. For a deep clean, spray your tub with a bleach-water solution and scrub with a sponge once a week. Once dry, spray with hydrogen peroxide to disinfect.

                  3. Pour a mixture of boiling water, vinegar and baking soda in your drain at least once a month to clear and deodorize your pipes.

                  Enjoyed this blog post on how you can get rid of germs in your house? If you want to up your deep cleaning & home organizing game, check out 10 Organized Mom Habits. and 9 Clever Ways to De-Clutter Your Home with EzPacking.

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