Unexpected Dirtiest Household Objects


We all know that there are places in the house that host the perfect environment for microbes to thrive, such as toilets and dustbins. That is why we take extra care to clean these places. However, there are a few less obvious places where bacteria unexpectedly lurk. Here is our list of the more surprising places:


  1. Kitchen sponge

Surprisingly, an article from TIME states that the kitchen sponge might be the dirtiest item in your home. It houses millions of microbes including salmonella and fecal bacteria. Clearly, households do not replace or clean their sponges often enough. Therefore, wash these sponges in the dishwasher every week and don’t be lazy to replace them.

2.             Phone

Do you take your phone with you to the bathroom? Most people carry their phones every day, everywhere they go, so it’s no surprise that these handheld devices collect a wide range of microbial colonies. The fact that phones produce heat also improves the chances of bacteria growing on them. Therefore, don’t forget to clean your phones with screen wipes or consider using an anti-bacteria coating.

3.             Cutting board

A study by the University of Arizona found that a cutting board contains 200 times the number of fecal bacteria than a toilet seat. How is this possible, you may ask? Those fecal matter originate from raw meat and linger on the grooves of the cutting board. Therefore, wash your cutting boards thoroughly and soak them in a solution of bleach and water.

4.             Light switch

When in a public place, imagine the number of different people that touch a light switch, hence transferring germs from one person to another. When you’re cleaning your house, don’t forget to wipe the light switches.

There are lots of places in a household where many different types of bacteria may grow. Understandably, nobody has the time to thoroughly clean their homes every week or so. Fortunately, TidyChoice is here to help by connecting professional cleaners with households that need help with chores. Why not check us out? Out platform has some amazing people who are ready to help.