There are certain cleaning tasks that you just can’t escape. If you don’t wash the dishes, you run out of clean plates to eat from. If you don’t do the laundry, you don’t have clean clothes to wear.
If you don’t empty the trash can, it spills onto the floor. Some other cleaning chores don’t present themselves in such an obvious and demanding manner, though. These tasks tend to go unnoticed and forgotten.
However, this doesn’t mean that those areas of the house aren’t dirty. These can actually be the dirtiest spots in the house because they get ignored for long periods of time. Check out these top 3 dirty places in your house that you aren’t cleaning, but you should be.
- Dishwasher – The dishwasher must be clean, right? It’s job is to clean the dishes with hot, soapy water, so the appliance itself must always be clean…isn’t it? Actually, the dishwasher can be one of the germiest places in the house.
Think about it – it’s a warm, wet, enclosed space. It’s the perfect place for mold and bacteria to grow. You place your dirty dishes that are coated with food residue into the dishwasher, and the bacteria from those dishes can thrive in the warm, humid environment of the dishwasher.
Don’t freak out at the idea of how dirty your dishwasher must be. Just run an empty load with nothing but a cup full of white vinegar. When the cycle is over, leave the dishwasher open so it can dry out completely. This will get rid of any germs that are hanging out in there.
- Garbage Cans – The fact that you use a trash bag inside the can to actually hold the garbage does not mean that the can doesn’t get dirty. It gets touched many, many times a day, and all sorts of dirty, nasty junk gets thrown in there.
The trash can itself should be scrubbed down every month. First, empty the can completely and take it outside. Rinse it down with the garden hose and a little bit of dish soap.
If it stinks even after you’ve rinsed it out, you can wash it in white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly and dry it out completely with a towel so that mold and bacteria don’t grow inside the can. This should kill any germs and get rid of any bad odors.
- Washing Machine – Again, it doesn’t seem like an appliance that’s intended to clean your clothes should be dirty. But just like your dishwasher, the warm, wet environment of the washing machine is a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
You should clean the washing machine once a month in order to keep both the machine and your clothes in good condition. It’s super easy to clean your washing machine.
Just run a cycle through the machine with hot water and bleach only (no detergent). This will kill all of the bacteria that’s trying to grow inside the machine and thoroughly sanitize your washer.
These three places – the dishwasher, the trash can, and the washing machine – are some of the dirtiest spots in the house that tend to go unnoticed. While you’re at it, you may also want to give the refrigerator (especially the door handle) a thorough cleaning.