10 of the Dirtiest Places in Your Home (That You Didn’t Know About) and How to Clean Them

10 of the Dirtiest Places in Your Home (That You Didn’t Know About) and How to Clean Them

Cleaning tips: You can dust or vacuum the skirting boards. Consider a long feather duster or a vacuum attachment so you don’t have to bend over. Or, clean the surface with warm water and soap. And, if your skirting boards have hard scuff marks, then a Magic Eraser is the perfect tool.

Air vents

Did you know that the HVAC vents in your home could be causing asthma or allergy symptoms? After all, this is where all the dirt, hair, and bug fragments tend to get too comfortable. These easily get circulated into the indoor air, which you breathe day in and day out. Gross!

Cleaning tips: The good news is that air duct cleaning doesn’t have to be one of those heavy-duty tasks you need a professional for. A standard household vacuum can suck up the dust and dirt from your air registers; you just need to make sure you have a long hose to reach into the ducts. Another way is to use a toilet brush, but if you don’t have one, a stiff-bristle paintbrush will do the trick. Remember to wear gloves and a mask while cleaning.


Despite how often most of us shower, it’s not often that anyone takes a closer look at the shower head. If you looked up more often, you’d probably notice that many of the holes aren’t actually shooting out water. That’s because over time, the holes get clogged with mold, mineral deposits, and soap scum. So, the question is, why would you deny yourself a good, clean shower?

Cleaning tips: A shower foam cleaner, which specifically fights soap scum, lime scale, and mold is a good option. If you can unscrew the head, soak it in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and hot water. If you can’t remove it, fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the showerhead. Leave it on for a few hours and open the water.

The drain stopper 

Another hot spot for bacteria and mold is a clogged drain because it becomes a cesspool of germs. If the drain starts running slow, you don’t need to go out and buy a new stopper immediately. You will, however, have to roll up your sleeves and take care of the issue.

Cleaning tips: Pull out the gunk by hand and clean it under warm or hot water with soap. Soak the stopper in a vinegar solution or detergent for a few minutes before cleaning with a rag.

Around the toilet bowl

If you want to find out how dirty the area around the toilet bowl is, go get a blacklight flashlight. Eww much? It’s no surprise that this area is one of the filthiest in the home.

Cleaning tips: Combine one cup of table salt, one cup of baking soda, and one cup of oxygen bleach—these will help disinfect, and loosen up the build up. Allow the solution to rest for an hour and wipe with a damp cloth. One cup of baking soda and one cup of distilled white vinegar can do the job as well.

Reusable grocery bags

Yes, those bags that are helping you live a greener life can be carriers of germs too. This is because you use them to carry poultry, vegetables, fruits, cartons, and food packets. Think of all the bacteria lurking in there, just waiting to cross-contaminate. Also, reusable grocery bags are high-touch items, frequently touched by hands and other objects. These therefore become the most dangerous items that can easily transfer infections.


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