If you’ve been bitten by the spring cleaning bug, chances are your to-do list includes purging your closet, scrubbing down the lavatory and, if you’re actually dedicated, maybe even replacing your kitchen sponges.
But when was the last time you thought to clean your sun switchings?
Studies have identified plenty of easy-to-overlook places in your home and among your belongings( hello, wallet you’ve used for 10 years) that are popular havens for bacteria and fungi.
We’re surrounded by a multitude of bacteria and viruses, and it’s important to know not all of them will make you sick. But if you’re looking for germy places that might need a little extra attention because you’ve never thought to clean them, any of these could be a good starting point.
The dishwasher washes the dishes, but who washes the dishwasher?
While you might think the appliance’s high temperatures and rigorous cycles might be enough to thoroughly clean the dishwasher itself, a recent study saw the “extreme environment” supports “microbial survival.”
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and Ghent University in Belgium discovered various bacteria and fungi after studying the rubber seals of 24 washers. The dishwasher’s age, its previous use, and the “hardness” of the tap water were all factors that affected the abundance of germs in each gadget.
In an interview with NBC’s “Today, ” Philip Tierno, a prof at New York University’s department of pathology, said the researchers’ findings weren’t surprising, and that typically your body can manage the organisms found in the dishwasher.
Cleaning Tip: Tierno recommended use a 10 percentage bleach solution to clean your dishwasher’s bottom, sides and region around the seal.