These 6 familiar things are dirtier than you think

It is widely thought that the dirtiest place in house is the toilet, however, some items you use everyday are sometimes dirtier than the toilet.

Dish cleaning sponges 


It is thought that dishwashing sponges are frequently used with detergents, so no bacteria can survive in it. However, it is not the truth. According to a study in the US in 2011, 75% of the sponges of 22 households contained two kinds of bacteria Salmonella and E. coli, the main cause of diarrhea and intestinal diseases. 

The best way to disinfect a sponge is to soak it in the detergent for 10 to 30 seconds after each use, then rinse and wring it out. The old sponge should be replaced after 2 or 3 months of use.  


Sinks are a place consisting of many kinds of waste, so it is easy to contain coliforms, the main cause of digestive diseases. 


You should clean the sink at home at least once a week with detergents and do not miss the strainer basket in the sink. 

Toothbrush holder 

You may be surprised because the amount of bacteria in the toothbrush holders is as much as that in  the toilet. Maybe you clean the toilet frequently but forget it. 


Soaking with warm water or soap at least once a week is the best way to prevent bacteria from penetrating your toothbrush. 

Oven and microwave buttons 

You tend to ignore such buttons when cleaning the oven or microwave. In fact, this is an ideal place for bacteria as you often touch it when you are cooking food. 


When cleaning the oven, do not ignore this small buttons. 

Vegetables and fruits storage boxes in fridges 

Do you often put vegetables and fruits in the refrigerator right after you buy them from the market or supermarket? This is the reason why the vegetable boxes in your refrigerator are turned into the house of bacteria. 


Fresh foods such as vegetables and fruits are easy to contain molds when stored for a long time. The bacteria from the vegetables will cling to the box and be spread to the new food in the box. Clean your refrigerator regularly with warm water or specialized detergents and avoid standing water in the fridge. 


Frequently placed in a humid environment such as a bath, towels often contain a lot of bacteria. 


Most of the bacteria are harmless since they all come from your skin. However, if you share your scarf with another person, especially with those who have skin diseases, you will most likely have dermatological problems like acne, allergies...

By: Christina Baker

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