11 Disgusting Home Objects You're Forgetting to Clean

Certain areas of your home make a good scrub down obvious. Some objects, however, tend to be a bit more forgettable, and dirt, dust, and germs build up without us noticing them. But not anymore! Banish bacteria, dust, and grime on common household objects with these quick and clever tips.

1. Kitchen Handles

Need a hand during dinner prep? You're likely using one to open the refrigerator door -- even if you just finished handling raw meat. If left untreated, refrigerator, freezer, and oven handles become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Scrub handles down once a week with a mix of 1 part hot water and 1 part vinegar.  

2. Toothbrush Holder

Keep your pearly whites clean and your toothbrush holder cleaner. Throw the dirty bathroom accessory in the dishwasher once a week, or sterilize it by hand with hot water and soap. It's also a good idea to sterilize individual toothbrushes, especially during flu season. Boil brushes in water for two to three minutes.

3. Computer Accessories

Think of all the times you've coughed, sneezed, or blown your nose at your desk. Now think of the last time you cleaned your mouse and keyboard. Time to banish bacteria and prevent germs from spreading in your office. Detach your computer's  keyboard and mouse, then dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in soapy water and gently scrub. 

4. Place Mats

Place mats are great at protecting wood finishes from food stains, but they get filthy fast. Rinse plastic or vinyl place mats with warm water and soap. Let dry completely. Fabric mats can be thrown in the laundry machine with like-color linens, but be sure to hand-wash anything embroidered.

5. Handrails

Keep your balance without picking up any pathogens. Use damp paper towels soaked in hot water and vinegar to scrub down railings. Wipe dry with a polishing cloth. Give doorknobs the same disinfection.

6. Light Switches

Grimy hands touch light switches and lamp knobs every day. Disinfect with a slightly damp cloth soaked in hot water and vinegar. Wipe dry with a polishing cloth.

7. Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable shopping bags are great: They hold a ton and provide an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic. However, the bags can start to smell and become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold if not cleaned regularly. Wash cloth grocery bags in your laundry machine, or invest in plastic bags that can easily be wiped down.

8. Ice Cube Trays

It's easy to just refill ice cube trays without a thought, but trays are susceptible to picking up food remnants or odors inside your freezer. Each time they're empty, give the trays a thorough wash with hot water and dish soap.

9. Water Bottles

Put down the bottle. Before you take another sip, draw a hot, soapy bath for it. Let soak for five to 10 minutes. Use a bottle brush to scrub the interior, and utilize a toothpick to get inside the mouthpiece. Rinse thoroughly. 

10. Faucet

Faucets are hands-down the dirtiest thing in your home. Scrub handles daily with hot water and dish soap. For a shiny surface, make a paste with baking soda and vinegar, apply it to the faucet, let sit, then rinse off.   

11. Cup Holders

Latte spilled during a rough commute? We're here to help you out of this sticky situation. Use a rag soaked in hot water and dish soap to scrub the inside of a cup holder. Then use a toothpick to pick off any remaining gunk. Use a clean rag to towel dry. 


  1. Can someone tell me how to clean the parts on a fridge where the ice and water comes from on the fridge door?

    1. Take the tray out and wash in the dishwasher. Using hot soapy water wash under the tray and opening the freezer door(if you have a side by side) reach up into the ice dispenser and scrub. You may need a toothbrush to get into the corners. Holding the flapper down from inside reach around and scrub the underside of it letting it lift a bit to get the edges. Now wash the top side inside of the door. Wipe everything down with vinegar and your done. You won't believe all the mold and gunk that can grow in the upper part that only short people can see.

    2. I take the bottom part that catches the "spillage" and run it through the top rack of the dishwasher

    3. Spray it with white vinegar and sprinkle baking soda on it. Let sit 10 Minutes or so rinse thouroughly with clean water

    4. Try using a toothbrush and a water/vinegar solution.

  2. Hey! Great job including things that most people NEED to clean that go unnoticed. It seems super obvious that cup holders and ice trays need to be cleaned, but they're the type of everyday items that most don't think twice about. Great read!

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