Everyday Items Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat

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You might be surprised and maybe even disgusted by how many items in your home are actually dirtier than your toilet. Reader's Digest created a list of these items and with some cleaning tips and simple life hacks to keep the germs away or at least at a lower level. A lot of germs can actually be found in our kitchens, which is pretty gross since that's where we prepare the food that we eat. Apparently, our cutting boards have 200 times more bacteria than our toilet seats because of raw meat being cut on it. Cutting on the board causes scratch marks in the cutting board where germs and bacteria can settle in. One of the simple life hacks for keeping your cutting board germ free is to clean it regularly. Preferably after you cut meat on it. To clean plastic cutting boards wash them with hot water and dish soap and then soak them in some bleach and water. To disinfect wood cutting boards, you can do the same but just don't soak them overnight. Your cat or dogs food bowl is also covered in germs. So keep it clean by washing it regularly. You should wash it after each meal with hot water and soap to keep your pets healthy. You can also make a mixture of baking soda, water, and salt to clean the bowl with. It's much like people using the same plate without washing it.

You might also be surprised to find out that there is a lot of bacteria in your washing machine which can transfer onto your clothing. Use these cleaning tips to disinfect your washing machine once a month. Use 2 cups of bleach and then run the machine on the hottest cycle without any clothes in it. You can also wash underwear separately to avoid the spread of germs. Our TV remotes can also harbour a lot of germs on them too. The spaces around the buttons provide space for germs to hide out, so it's important to clean your remotes often. Once a week it's a good idea to wipe down the entire remote with a cleaning cloth with some cleaner on it or with a disinfecting wipe. Make sure you clean the buttons too by using Q-tips and rubbing alcohol which evaporates quickly so it won't damage the inside of your remote control. If our remote controls are super dirty, you can only imagine how dirty our tablets and phones are. Apparently, there are 600 units of Staphylococcus bacteria on tablets and 140 units on phones where a toilet seat has around 20 units. One simple life hack for cleaning your tablets and phones is to use an alcohol wipe and then dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Also, it's best to not take your phone into the bathroom with you too.

Speaking of electronics, our computer keyboards also have a ton of germs and bacteria on them. This is how viruses are spread in offices and schools or homes. So make sure you wash your hands frequently and wipe down your keyboard and desk each day. Do this even more if there is someone who has been sick in your home, school or office. Sometimes the very things we use to clean other items in our home can be the dirtiest. For example, our kitchen cloth or sponge can have salmonella and E. coli on them. Wash your dishcloths once a week or, another simple life hack is to put your dish sponge in the microwave for 30 seconds to kill the bacteria. Make sure you check out the entire list and learn all of the cleaning tips to prevent the spread of germs in your home.***

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