With the spread of Coronavirus, we are all more conscious of dirt and bacteria in our homes.  And when we think of the really dirty areas, we automatically think of kitchen sinks, trash containers and toilets.  But there are a lot of areas in your home that harbor bacteria and germs.  These areas may not always look dirty but they still need to be thoroughly cleaned for good health and hygiene reasons.

A recent study found that over 340 different kinds of bacteria were found on everyday objects in the home.  Our homes can be a lot dirtier than we think and no matter how often we clean, bacteria and dirt are always present to some degree.  Garbage disposals, floors, and toilets can be dirty places but other less obvious places are also prone to accumulating germs.  That is why regular cleaning and disinfectant services are so important. 

Here are some of the dirtiest spots in your home with a few tips about cleaning that may be helpful.


According to the National Sanitation Foundation, the kitchen is one of the dirtiest places in the home.  Bacteria is a significant problem when preparing raw meat, dairy and unwashed vegetables.  Kitchen items such as dish sponges and rags used for wiping dishes and surfaces are vulnerable to traces of E coli, Salmonella and other forms of bacteria.  Tip.  Wash cleaning rags often and clean sponges completely.  You can put your clean, wet sponge in your microwave to kill most germs.  Generally, two minutes is adequate.  Make sure your sponge does not contain metal of any sort. 

Refrigerators, stovetops, ovens, counter tops and garbage disposals should be cleaned and disinfected regularly to avoid any build-up of dirt and germs.  A very simple and effective way to clean your sink and counter tops is to fill your sink with hot water and give it a shot of Dawn or similar disinfectant cleaner.  Using the Dawn mix, thoroughly wash your counter tops, sink and other areas and then dry the surfaces thoroughly.  It cleans, shines and disinfects and is generally much more effective than spraying these surfaces with a spray cleaner.  It also cleans your sinks without much work.

Doorknobs, Switches and Handles

Doorknobs, light switches, handles and knobs are often responsible for the spread of germs due to their frequent contact with hands.  Even before Coronavirus, experts recommended that you clean your light switches, stove and cabinet knobs, and door handles every week with a disinfectant to reduce the spread of germs. 

Laundry Room

Leaving your laundry inside a washing machine creates a warm, moist environment which is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, mildew and odors. After the wash cycle, make a habit of loading your dryer or hanging up the washing as soon as possible.  Keep the washing area clean, especially if you are washing sports gear or other extremely dirty or wet items. 


It goes without saying that bathrooms get dirty and harbor germs.  Hanging up damp towels and wash cloths will help prevent mildew and odors.  Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of toilets, sinks and showers is a must to prevent mildew and germs.  Another useful tip to prevent mildew is keeping your shower door slightly open or the shower curtain pulled back to allow air to circulate and dry wet surfaces.  If showers can’t dry, you will invariably have mildew.

Regular cleaning and disinfectant services reduce harmful bacteria and potentially Coronavirus in your home.  And isn’t it really great to have a fresh, clean home.

Call Dust Busters Pro to learn more.  (843) 628-9075.


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