The 7 Dirtiest Places to Clean in Your Home


When you clean your home, do you really clean, or just organize and clean the grime that you’re able to easily see? There is a difference, you know! To really clean the home is to tackle the dirt, germs, and grime that we can’t see, too.

When it’s time to clean, you shouldn’t just think about the spots you’ve noticed as being dirty, you should actually think about what areas are used the most and in what way. For example, the bathroom certainly will need some deep cleaning because of its nature, and the ‘mud room’ might need a little more attention than other areas of the house because of high traffic volume.

If you aren’t already doing this, then it’s time to change that! It’s important to thoroughly clean these problem areas of your home (although you may not have known they were problem areas), not just for aesthetics and organization, but more importantly for the positive health and hygiene of you and your family.

For those who may not know the biggest problem areas for germs, dirt, and other gross stuff, we’ve put a list together naming the most common of these areas, along with a few tips on how to get them clean.


1. Doorknobs, Light Switches, Cabinets, Handles


We use our hands for everything, and many times we touch things that we’d rather not have spread into our homes. Germs and bacteria are prevalent on our hands, and where do we put our hands as we move throughout the home? Yep, you guessed it! Doorknobs. So how can we get our doorknobs clean and germ-free? Skip the harsh chemicals and go for the vinegar. Just spray the surface with vinegar and wipe the surface clean with a dry cloth. Oh, and don’t forget the TV remote and computer keyboard while you’re at it!


2. Faucets


The faucets in your home dispense water than usually has minerals and other impurities in it, and after a while, these faucets can corrode or develop mineral deposits which can cause leaks and interfere with the water flow. The moisture around faucets can also cause them to harbor all kinds of nasty molds and other unpleasant things. Do you really want to wash your hands, brush your teeth, and drink from a faucet that’s in this kind of shape? No!

So, to clean them up as good as new, you’ll want to remove the aerator by twisting it counter-clockwise and soak all parts in vinegar for about 15 minutes. Then, gently brush them clean with an old toothbrush.


3. The Kitchen Sink


Speaking of faucets and such, the kitchen sink is another hot spot for germs and unwanted grime. We prep our food here, wash our dirty dishes, and do many other dirty jobs in the kitchen sink, so it’s not one to skip out on when it comes to cleaning. Cleaning the kitchen sink is almost as simple as just remembering to do it. Just use soap and water to wash out the sink every day, and give it a good deep clean once or twice per week with a disinfectant or kitchen cleaner.


4. Behind the Stove and Refrigerator


Let’s be honest – we don’t think to (or want to) move the refrigerator and stove out to clean behind and underneath them every time we clean. Heck, most of us probably can’t remember the last time we did it, if ever. Though it is undeniably an inconvenience, it’s good to get in behind and underneath the stove and refrigerator to clean those hard-to-reach spots. We cook countless meals on the stove and who knows how much grease and food particles fall down the cracks. Same goes with the refrigerator, only we’re not just talking about food slipping under there, we’re also dealing with sticky old spills, dust, old dead bugs, and many other possibilities. So next time, you’re in the cleaning mood, consider cleaning up back there.


5. Inside the Refrigerator


When you’re done cleaning underneath and behind your refrigerator, take a look inside. See any old food, sticky spots, or signs of mold or mildew? If so, it’s time to take care of it. Old leftovers, spills, and food containers can be a catalyst for mold and germs, but they’ll also give your refrigerator an unpleasant smell and potentially affect the taste of everything else in your fridge. To clean your fridge, fill your sink with hot soapy water. Remove all of the items from your refrigerator and then remove the shelves. Take the shelves and wash them in the hot soapy water, dry them with a microfiber cloth, and place them back in the fridge. For any spots that aren’t on the shelves, take a rag with hot soapy water and scrub clean. Avoid using harsh chemicals.


6. The Bathtub


Where there is frequent standing water and moisture, there’s sure to be mold, mildew, bacteria, and other germs. A bathtub happens to be the perfect place for harboring these things. In fact, the odds are that you’ve noticed some of these germs and growths while in the shower or bathtub, usually black, brown, green, or orange in color. To prevent and/or rid your tub of these growths, your tub or shower should ideally be dried after each use. The tub should also be cleaned between one and three times per week, depending on how many people are using the tub and how frequently. When the tub is dry, mist hydrogen peroxide onto the tub and in corners. There is no need to dry the peroxide since it evaporates quickly.


7. Toilets and Bathroom Walls


It’s not news that our toilets rank highly as one of the dirtiest areas in our homes, but did you know that the walls surrounding the toilet can be almost as dirty? That’s because each time the toilet is flushed, a small amount of tiny particles are dispersed from the toilet bowl onto the surrounding areas. The truth is, you’ll never know just how dirty this area is until you’ve taken a black light to it. Don’t believe me? Try it out and let us know what you see under the black light! Now, you should clean the walls and the toilets with a solution that contains enzymes to break down the organic matter. Just spray it onto the toilet and the walls, let it sit for at least 10 minutes, and come back to wipe them down.


While this list is certainly not all-inclusive of every ‘hot spot’ for germs and grime in your home, we hope it will help you realize the types of areas that need cleaning the most – even when you can’t see the grim with your eyes! If you’re not feeling up to the task, consider giving our professional home cleaning services in Denton a try.

At Universal Cleaning Company, we hire the best of the best, and we train our maids to perform their cleaning duties in the most effective and efficient ways. When you hire our maids to clean your home in Denton, you can rest comfortably as we clean your home knowing that each and every one of our maids has had a background check performed and that Universal Cleaning Company is fully insured for the safety of the home owner and our staff. Our number one concern is our clients’ safety and comfort, and we strive to make it the perfect experience for you!

If you are thinking about hiring a maid service in Denton, get in touch with us for a free quote. We’ll talk you through the details and answer all of your questions, and there’s no obligation. For questions or to schedule a cleaning service in Denton, call us at (940) 735-6672 or click the “Schedule Now” button below.

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