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Keeping your home clean is so important because bacteria can quickly build up. If you don’t stay on top of germs, you are putting your health at risk and increasing the chances of getting sick.

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You need to make sure that you have a good cleaning schedule in place, but even though you might think that your home is spotless, you may be missing some very important areas. There are a lot of bacteria hotspots around the home that people are unaware of. These are areas that you come into contact with on a regular basis, and they often get missed out of the cleaning routine. Next time you are cleaning your home, it is important that you don’t miss these hidden bacteria hotspots. 


The faucets in the kitchen and the bathroom are a common source of germs that does not get cleaned thoroughly enough. Everybody knows that keeping your bathroom spotless is very important, but most people pay attention to areas like the toilet and the bath, where you would expect to find a lot of germs, but they only give the faucets a quick wipe. The thing is, everybody is touching the faucet to turn it on before they have washed their hands, so there is a lot of bacteria on there.

The same goes in the kitchen because you are turning on the faucet when you have been touching raw meat. The problem is, you are also touching the faucet again after cleaning your hands, which means that your hands are not really as clean as you think. It is important that you use an antibacterial spray to wipe the faucets clean so you can ensure that you are not spreading bacteria around the home. 

Soap Dispensers 

Soap dispensers suffer from the same problem as faucets because we touch them before washing our hands. A lot of people don’t really think to clean their soap dispensers, but it’s very important that you do. The issue is even worse with refillable soap dispensers because the refillable packs can become contaminated and that bacteria is transferred to the soap, so it is not really cleaning your hands. When you are cleaning your bathroom and kitchen, it is important that you take care to clean the soap dispensers and whenever you refill them, it may be a good idea to soak them in bleach for a while to remove any residual bacteria. 

Computer Keyboards

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When was the last time you cleaned the keyboards on your computer? If you have never cleaned your keyboard, you’re not alone. It’s not something that we really think about, but if you use your computer every day, bacteria can quickly build up. After using the computer, you move around the house and touch things, and that leads to a lot of bacteria spread.

A lot of people eat at their desks when working, and this is a very common cause of cross contamination and sickness. Studies show that computer keyboards can harbor more bacteria than a toilet seat, so it is vital that you keep them clean. If you keep a pack of antibacterial wipes next to the computer, you can quickly wipe it down before and after use, to stop the spread of bacteria. 

TV Remotes 

Just like computer keyboards, most people don’t think to clean their TV remote that often, if at all. But it is constantly being handled, so it is a hotbed for bacteria. In fact, the TV remote is one of the dirtiest items in your home because it is touched by so many different hands, and often dropped on the floor or lost down the side of the sofa, where it picks up more bacteria.

That means that changing the channel could be enough to get you sick, unless you clean your remote on a regular basis. It can be tricky to clean because there are a lot of small gaps between the buttons, but if you regularly wipe down the remote with an antibacterial wipe, you should be able to tackle the worst bacteria. 

Door Handles 

Door handles are a more obvious source of bacteria in the home because we are touching them all of the time. The handles on the front and back doors are particularly dirty because you bring a lot of bacteria from the outside when you come in and out of the house. Cleaning the door handles in the home with antibacterial spray will help to get rid of a lot of the bacteria, but it is unrealistic to wipe them down every time they are touched, so you need to find other ways to protect yourself.

A lot of people don’t realize it, but the material that the door handles are made from makes a big difference. Copper door handles are the safest because they make it difficult for bacteria to survive, so they will stop the spread. It may be worth updating your handles to copper ones if you are worried about keeping them clean. 

Vacuum Cleaners

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You may not have considered the amount of bacteria inside your vacuum cleaner before, but there is a chance that your vacuum cleaner could be a health risk. When you suck up dirt, bacteria, and bits of old food, you create a breeding ground that allows bacteria to grow and spread easily. When you come to use the vacuum cleaner again, a lot of this bacteria is released into the air and it can make you sick.

That is why it is important that you choose a vacuum cleaner that has a good quality filter on it, so you can stop this bacteria being released into the air again. You should always empty the vacuum cleaner right away after you finish cleaning, and make sure that you wipe down the outside surface with an antibacterial cleaner as well. 

Most people are unaware of these hidden bacteria hotspots around their home, but it is important that you stay on top of them if you want to protect your health. 

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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