5 Things You Probably Don’t Wash that You Should

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 by 3 Comments
5 Things You Probably Don’t Wash that You Should

Cold and flu season is in full swing and bacteria are everywhere just waiting for a chance to do battle with your immune system. You probably have become a cleaning ninja – furiously disinfecting every possible surface.

Well, almost. Believe it or not, no matter how careful you are, there are places that you are probably missing all over your house. Here are five of the things you probably don’t wash, but you should.

Toilet Paper Holder

No matter how bleachy clean the bathroom is, more than likely you didn’t think about doing much more to the toilet paper holder than give it a quick swipe.

Here’s the deal; whenever the toilet flushes, small droplets of the contaminated water spray around the immediate area. This includes the toilet paper holder, which is usually located right next to the toilet. All you need to do is use a light bleach solution to disinfect the holder every time you clean.

Light Switches and Plates

Every hand in your house touches the light switches and plates several times a day, leaving all kinds of icky contaminants behind.

Wiping off the finger prints is about way more than just keeping things shiny. It means that the next person to turn on the light won’t get the bacteria on their hands and continue to spread it.

Credit Cards

The other day while I was checking out, I was rummaging in my purse when the cashier handed me my credit card. Without thinking I put it in my mouth to hold it and keep my hands free.


Thinking back on that moment, I was horrified to realize that the card had been in countless hands. It had journeyed through miles of ATM machines and card readers. Who knows what all was on there?

Wipe them with disinfectant and dry thoroughly.

Reusable Grocery Bags

Give these things a good wash! All kinds of things go into grocery bags, including raw meat. Eventually pools of salmonella and e Coli are doing Rock, Paper, and Scissors for control of your digestive system.

Most bags can be washed in the washing machine and line dried. Do it often.

Appliance Number Pads and Handles

When you are cooking, you go from chore to chore. Sure, you should wash your hands between chores, but you probably don’t. Bacteria moves from your cutting surface to the handle of your fridge to the keypad on the food processor.

Take a moment to wipe down all of those surfaces with a weak bleach solution or disinfecting cleaner each time you cook.

There are a lot of things that you can do to help protect your family against common germs, bacteria, and other micro-organisms. You can clean with a weak solution of bleach and water. Use it to wipe contaminated surfaces down with paper towel.

Add the solution to a spray bottle and use to quickly clean and disinfect. I used to never use paper towels, but I have started using them when I cook with chicken. I wash my hands a lot and drying them on paper towels helps to ensure that bacteria don’t get moved from one place to another.

What are some things that you do to keep harmful bacteria at bay?

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Marye Audet

Marye Audet is an author, freelance writer, and editor. As a work at home mom she has a unique perspective that encompasses the overwhelming deadlines and commitments of the professional woman as well as the constantly changing needs of a homeschooling mom with a large family. She is the author of one cook book and the creator of Restless Chipotle Media, a network consisting of two food based blogs, a blog for “women of a certain age”, a video site on Youtube, and upcoming blog on kitchen decor, and downloadable eBooks. Marye also is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer.

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  • modernbaby

    I’ve totally put my credit card and keys in my mouth. Yuck. Even when I do it I’m surprised but I still unthinkingly do it, too. Great list, Marye!

  • http://restlesschipotle.com marye

    sigh… me too.

  • http://www.momhomeguide.com/ MomHomeGuide

    Good tips! Especially during flu and cold season. It’s also a good idea to clean doorknobs, as germs can accumulate there, too.