As much as we’re ready for spring after a long, cold winter, it’s also the time of year we’re supposed to give our homes a deep clean, and most of us don’t look forward to it. Even if you keep your home spick-and-span, experts warn there are areas that often get missed and bacteria, mold and fungi can thrive there. Beyond being gross, these can make us sick, too.

The germiest places in the home tend to be the ones you’d expect, like the kitchen and the bathroom, according to family medicine doctor Neha Vyas. She explains that some bacteria can survive on household surfaces for weeks or even months and they spread through surface contact. To get rid of the bacteria, mold and mildew, experts say it’s a good idea to hit up these places, which are often the dirtiest in the home.

  • The surface(s) above the stove - Boiling water and cooking on the stovetop can lead to moisture collecting on the surface above it. That can be a breeding ground for molds that can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other health issues.
  • The water and ice dispenser on the fridge - Moisture is the problem here, too, making it an inviting environment for mold.
  • Kitchen and bathroom trash cans - Think of all the nasty stuff that goes in these and you’ll understand why they should be cleaned thoroughly inside and out.
  • Fabrics in the living room - These can collect germs, especially if you wear your outside shoes in the house.
  • The inside of the refrigerator - Those shelves hold food that can carry bacteria, so they need to be cleaned, along with the rest of the fridge.
  • High-touch surfaces - Including light switches, doorknobs, appliance handles and toilet flushers
  • Drains - From the kitchen sink to the shower, drains are exposed to a lot of bacteria.
  • Air filters - They can collect dust and pollen, especially this time of year.
  • Entryways - The foyer, mudroom and any space where people come in can end up with a lot of germs from outside.

Source: Very Well Health

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