We’re in the heart of flu season, and you might be worried about germs. Here are ten of the dirtiest things that people touch every day that you should keep an eye out for if you don’t want to get sick!
Nowadays, credit cards are very common (and credit card readers are gross too!) but you should be aware that if you use paper money, it’s probably covered in germs! This is because money changes hands so many times. It’s a good idea to wash your hands after handling money.
This shouldn’t be a surprise, since you put your money in your wallet and we just learned that your money is dirty. You touch your wallet all day in public places, meaning it has a lot of opportunities to pick up germs. Consider wiping your wallet down with a disinfecting wipe.
Think about how many people touch shopping carts every day. Plus, there are many opportunities for bacteria to spread to shopping carts, such as from touching raw meat and then touching the cart. It’s no wonder that many grocery stores provide sanitizing wipes when you walk in, and you should use them!
One of the items that you use every day is also one that you probably don’t usually remember to deep clean: your couch. Sure, you pick up any clutter that collects or wipe up any spills, but did you clean your couch after you spent an entire sick day laying on it? Plus, your couch collects germs, allergens, and bacteria from your air, clothes, pets, and more.
The best way to keep your couch clean and healthy is to call a professional upholstery cleaner to take care of it for you. They will be able to remove germs and allergens that you can’t.
Keyboard and Mouse
If you work with a computer, your computer might be much dirtier than you think. After all, when was the last time you cleaned it? If you’ve eaten lunch at your desk or had a sick coworker stop by your desk, your computer keyboard and mouse should be sanitized. Also be sure to wash your hands regularly while you are in the office to prevent spreading germs.
You probably use your phone more than any other item you own, giving it plenty of chances to collect germs. If you don’t want to put those germs up to your face every time you call someone, wipe your cell phone down with a sanitizing wipe regularly.
We all like to think that our sponges are clean since we use them to clean our dishes. However, sponges sit damp for hours with food particles and germs trapped in them, making them the perfect place for bacteria to fester. Be sure to replace your sponges regularly to avoid spreading those germs to your dishes.
You might not touch your carpets with your hands every day, but your kids probably do, and you walk on your carpets every day. Carpets collect dirt and germs from our feet and the air, and not even the best vacuum can remove all germs. Luckily, a professional carpet cleaner will be able to remove germs and bacteria from your carpets for a healthier home.
The next time you reach for the remote to binge on Netflix, consider the fact that it’s probably covered in bacteria. And if you think your home remote is bad, you should know that hotel remotes are even worse. Wipe down remotes with a sanitizing wipe for more peace of mind.
Think about it—when you’re done brushing your teeth, your brush probably sits there wet overnight, which makes it the perfect breeding ground for mold and germs. Plus, your toothbrush is in close proximity to the toilet, which can send up a fine mist with every flush. Be sure to keep your toothbrush at least 6 feet from the toilet, and replace it regularly.
While germs are all around us, there are many things that we can do to stay healthy. Regularly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when a sink is unavailable. Be sure to clean things you use every day with a sanitizing solution. And schedule regular cleaning with carpet and furniture cleaning professionals. John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County is here to help keep your home clean and healthy!