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7 Hidden Germ-Magnets in Your Home

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7 Hidden Germ-Magnets in Your Home
  • Chloe Wilson
  • Jun 04 2019

Fighting germs and bacteria in your home is a constant battle! People make every possible effort to keep their houses clean and their families healthy. However, they often neglect or overlook certain places in their homes that can become a hub of germs. People neither notice, nor do they feel the urgency to clean them.

If you feel that your home has many such crevices which are breeding germs, then you can contact the best bond cleaners in Toowong to clean your property thoroughly. However, you must pay attention to all the remote corners of the house regularly to avoid any health risks.

Here, our experts have listed down some hidden germ-magnets which you should know about. Read carefully and make sure to clean these places or items at the earliest. Let us have a look.

1. Cell Phones And Tablets

Gadgets like smartphones and tablets have become a kind of obsession for all of us, and we cannot imagine our lives without them. In our fast-paced life, we often overlook the significance of maintaining hygiene and do not usually wash hands before touching the gadgets.

As a result, it contains more germs and bacteria than the toilet seat and the bottom of our shoes and can cause serious bacterial infections. However, do not try to use glass cleaner, ammonia, alcohol, or other strong cleaning agents on your smartphone or tablet as it can damage the protective coating.

Numerous wipes and cleaners are available, particularly for cleaning the screen of your favourite gadgets. You should utilise them to clean your Smartphone screen every other day.

2. Computer Keyboards

Computer keyboards have several tiny hidden places where the dust, grime and dirt get accumulated. In no time, it becomes an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Thus, it is essential for you to deep clean your computer keyboards from time to time.

How to clean it?

First, ensure your computer is turned off and unplugged.

Turn the keyboard or tilt it upside down and then shake it gently to get rid of the loose debris.

You can also use a can of compressed air to eliminate the debris.

Take 2 and 1/2" (approximately) of adhesive tape and use it between the keys to collect the dust.

For stubborn debris, do not hesitate to use a vacuum cleaner.

Try disinfectant wipes to clean the keys. You can also use a small cloth drenched in alcohol, but make sure that it should not discolour the keys.

You can also use toothpicks and cotton swabs.

After cleaning, ensure to use a lint-free and dry cloth to polish the keys.

3. Television Remote

Like smartphones, people also use television remotes without washing their hands. Thus, it contains a lot of germs and bacteria. And it is one of those devices that people in Toowong often neglect to clean as they appear clean. But the question is, how can you clean it and prevent infections?

To clean this device, first, you need to remove the batteries. After that, collect the following ingredients:

Water and Rubbing alcohol in equal proportion

A dry toothbrush

A microfiber cloth

Cotton swabs

Use a toothbrush to clean the debris that is stuck between the remote buttons. After that, lightly spray the alcohol and water mix on the cotton swab and clean the crevices. Use a microfiber cloth and wipe it thoroughly to dry the area and clean all the dust, grime and dirt. If your batteries are weak, replace it and your television remote is ready for use.

4. The Kitchen Sink

We all are familiar with the scenario of dirty dishes in the sink. You will be surprised to know that the kitchen sink is really dirty and it can have more bacteria than what remains in the toilet after you flush it. Because of the food particles left on the dirty dishes and the presence of moisture, the kitchen sink is an ideal feeding ground for germs and bacteria.

Thus, it is crucial to clean the kitchen sink every day with a disinfectant product made precisely for the kitchen. Lemons and vinegar may not be as effective for this particular job as a commercial cleaning product.

5. Carpets

Carpet is another item that accumulates dust, dirt, debris, and pet hair over the time and allows bacteria and germs to grow. Moreover, the occasional coffee and wine spills can also lead to stubborn stains.

You may not realise but the carpets can become a massive reason for bad odour in the room. During end of lease cleaning, many property managers deduct the security deposit for the substandard cleaning of carpets in Toowong.

So, you should not take their cleaning lightly. To clean carpets, you need some tools and proper knowledge. Otherwise, you can damage the carpets. Thus, experts always recommend contacting professional bond cleaners in Toowong for thorough carpet cleaning.

6. Cutting Boards

The market is flooded with different types of cutting boards that come in various sizes and shapes. And these cutting boards are also available in multiple materials like wood, plastic, glass, etc. If you think that washing the cutting board is enough for hygiene, then think again! You should clean the board correctly, no matter what it is made of.

People often use this board to cut raw meat and other similar items, but they do not realise that it can leave behind bacteria that can cause food-borne illnesses like campylobacter and salmonella.

Thus experts always recommend using two different cutting boards – one for vegetables while the other one for meat. This is the best way to avoid cross-contamination. To clean these boards, put them in a dishwasher or disinfectant made particularly for the kitchen.

7. Bed Pillow Covers

People change and wash their bedsheets but often overlook the significance of cleaning the pillow covers. They might look clean but contain a lot of dust, drool, sweat and flaking skin. All these things together allow the germs and bacteria to grow.

Thus, it is important to properly wash them along with the bed sheet and other clothes in the washing machine. If you want it to be germs and bacteria free, you should clean the pillow covers at least once or twice in a month (depends on condition).


Many think that germs are a threat from the outside world, but the truth is that the everyday household items are some of the main bacteria magnets. Thus, it is essential to keep a close watch on these items and make sure that they are clean and free from germs. The places mentioned above are the channels that spread diseases among the family members. If you want a clean home, then focus on these items, even if you think your home is perfectly clean.