No matter how well you scrub those floors, disinfect the countertops, and deep-clean the carpets, there will still be several areas around the house that serve as a haven for germs. While you can't get rid of 100 percent of the germs lurking in your home, you can take steps to ward off bacteria, mold, and harmful germs in most of your living spaces.
Here are six germ havens around the house that you may have overlooked.
No. 1: The kitchen sink
You're probably well aware that sponges can harbor germs , but don't forget about any wet washcloths or reusable cloths you use to wipe down countertops and dishes. The area around the kitchen sink can become a hotbed of germs and bacteria when you just leave wet dishcloths or towels in or around the sink until their next use.
No. 2: Bathroom towels
Those guest towels you have hanging near the bathroom sink are most likely used by several people in your household -- and visitors. These can hold on to all types of bacteria and germs, especially if someone doesn't wash his or her hands thoroughly after using the bathroom.
No. 3: Back of the toilet lid
The lid gets touched a number of times throughout the day and is also prone to catching germs and bacteria upon each flush. While you might be wiping down this area when cleaning the bathroom, make sure to use an anti-bacterial spray or foaming cleaner around the entire toilet to kill as many germs as possible.
No. 4: Computer keyboards
Whether you share the computer with other members of the household or have your own workstation, the keyboard and mouse are two big germ magnets in the home office. Make sure to disinfect and clean these pieces of hardware thoroughly a few times a week and more frequently if you eat at the computer regularly.
No. 5: Whirlpool bathtubs
The Jacuzzi-like experience can't be beat but you have to make sure the jets are cleaned regularly with a powerful disinfecting solution. Whirlpool bathtubs can be a haven for germs and bacteria because dirt and even mold can accumulate inside the pipes and jets. Check with the manufacturer for appropriate deep-cleaning solutions.
No. 6: Pillows
You change your pillowcases regularly but the pillows inside can harbor bacteria and germs as well. Make sure you add pillows to the major laundry schedule so you're not sleeping on a bed of germs -- literally. Check the care label to see how to wash the pillows in the washing machine without damaging them. You can also run them through the rinse cycle two or three times for a more thorough clean.