What room would you consider to be the most germ-infested in your home?
The common answer, the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF International) has revealed, is the bathroom - however, you'd be wrong if you thought that. In reality, it's the kitchen.
During the holiday season, everyone cleans their home in preparation for family and friends - to help you focus on the areas that matter the most, Vivid Doors have shared their top tips to show exactly where the germs are hiding and what you can do to keep on top of them.
The average toilet seat will be home to around 1,600 germs / 100cm2. If that sounds a lot to you, it isn't. For instance, your toothbrush holder will harbour 200x as many germs as your toilet seat (that's 330,000 germs / 100cm2). To avoid germs spreading to your mouth, you should make sure you properly sanitise your toothbrush holder.
You'll need to pay special attention to drains, taps, and any items that can get damp, including bath towels, mats and shower curtains - these all act as a breeding ground for germs.
The living room
Our living room will expose us to more than 25 times as much bacteria as our toilet seat. In fact, the average phone will carry 2,000 bacteria/ cm2 - one in six phones will even harbour faecal matter!
Another awful breeding ground for germs is the remote control. The NSF found the MRSA indicator STAPH was present on 14 per cent of remote controls. Rarely wiped clean, it's actually one of the most bacteria-infested surfaces in the home.
Though it's constantly cleaned, the kitchen is actually the dirtiest are in the house. Due to the handling of food and drinks, along with the use of damp items to wipe down surfaces, the average kitchen sponge will be the dirtiest surface in the house (it has over 19 billion bacteria living on it).
After just two weeks, pillows will accumulate 34,767 times more bacteria than your toilet seat, and if you're guilty of not washing your sheets as often as you should, you could be sharing your bed with around 10 million dust mites.
Changing your sheets and flipping your mattress will be a great way of keeping dust mites and bacteria at bay.
Regularly changing your sheets and flipping your mattress will be a great way to keep dust mites and bacteria at bay.
Regular deep cleaning will be the best way to help prevent bacteria spreading. Taking extra care to disinfect the more neglected spaces and items in your home will keep germs at bay for you and your guests during the holiday season.
Tips courtesy of Vivid Rooms