Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

20 Items You Should Be Cleaning Way More Often Than You Are.

If you're a bit of a germaphobe, this might make you a bit queasy, but it's important that you read it. It seems like everything around us can harbor some sort of bacteria, and unfortunately, most people don't realize how harmful this can actually be. If you're the type of person who does the bare minimum of cleaning in their home, then keep reading, because you're about to change your ways once you've read what we've got to share.

Steering Wheels

Just like your keyboard, you may keep your car cleaned, but that doesn't mean that it is. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, steering wheels can be four times dirtier than a toilet seat in a public restroom! That's horrifying, but it can be taken care of by simply disinfecting your steering wheel as often as you can!

Steering Wheels

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Water Bottles

The human body is made up out of 60% water, so it's obvious that we need to consume water on regularly. While reusable water bottles are much better for the environment, they can also come with a bunch of nasty bacteria if they're not cleaned regularly. Even if you're the only person who uses it, you have to make sure that you wash it every day or you could risk getting extremely sick. If you're unsure if it's clean or not, give it a good whiff and you'll definitely be able to tell if you need to clean it.

Water Bottles

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Remote Controls

The remote controls in your home are one of the most commonly used items, which means they can harbor a disgusting number of germs. For every square inch of a remote control, 70 bacteria can survive, so make sure that you're disinfecting it on a regular basis.

Remote Controls

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Trash Cans

This one seems pretty self-explanatory, considering that a trash can's one purpose is to literally hold trash. Household trash cans get stuffed to the brim with old meat packages, dirty diapers, rotting food, and who knows what else! So it's imperative that you clean your trash can once a week. Using a disinfectant spray, scrub off any of the gunk that's stuck to the sides and dry it thoroughly before you put a new bag in.

Trash Cans

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Toothbrush Holder

The ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush once every three or four months, so as long as you're doing that, you don't really need to worry about disinfecting it. On the other hand, the holder for your toothbrushes is a completely different story. According to researchers at the NSF International's Applied Research Center, a new bacterium in the same family as E. coli can form on a toothbrush holder. At least two or three times a week, sanitize your holder with hot soapy water or throw it into the dishwasher. Also, wipe it with a disinfectant a few times a week, as well.

Toothbrush Holder

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