CONSIDERING all the hands-on tasks that are a part of day-to-day living, bacteria and dirt can accumulate easily on surfaces.
That said, there’s one spot that you’re probably overlooking in your cleaning routine that’s spreading germs throughout your home.Cleaning expert and former hoarding technician Fiona Mills advised on how to clean the dirtiest surface in your home[/caption] Doorknobs are among the top five dirtiest objects in a home[/caption]
Speaking to Insider, cleaning expert and former hoarding technician Fiona Mills advised on how to clean the dirtiest surface in your home, the door handles.
Doorknobs are “among the top five dirtiest objects in a home,” according to Mills.
“Think about how many people touch a door handle in a day, then think about how many times each person will touch that same door handle,” Mills said.
“Touching handles are one of the fastest ways viruses and bacteria spread because everybody is touching them, and they rarely get cleaned,” she continued.
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“On average, there are at least five different bacterias on door and cabinet handles, as well as wall corners that people routinely touch.”
Luckily, as a door handle is a non-porous surface, a majority of the viruses on it would be gone within 24 hours with proper cleaning.
Depending on the type, bacteria’s survival rate, though, varies from hours to months.
To tackle the issue of dirty doorknobs, Mills suggested a simple solution: disinfectant wipes containing quaternary ammonium compounds, known to be a successful disinfectant against viruses like COVID-19.
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“I would recommend disinfecting at least once a week, if not more, depending on if there is a sickness in the home or a lot of people,” Mills said.
With your doorknobs covered, you might be wondering how to clean other popular surfaces in your home.
Well, cleaning fanatic Sidney Raz shared a way to get the dirt off your microwave in a minute without scrubbing.
Raz’s simple solution was to fill a bowl with lemon juice and water, place it in the grimy microwave, then turn it on.
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“Microwave that for like a minute and a half… And it should wipe out more smoothly,” Raz explained.
After the lemon water was heated, Raz was able to wipe his microwave clean with minimal effort, thanks to the steam produced from the mixture.To clean dirty doorknobs, Mills suggested disinfectant wipes containing quaternary ammonium compounds[/caption]