These are the 15 dirtiest items in your house

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There is an old saying that ‘cleanliness is close to godliness,’ this basically means that it is important to always keep yourself and space clean. Hence, The Mattress Warehouse decided to uncover everyone’s dirty secrets by consulting with a microbiologist to determine the dirtiest items in your home.

In addition a survey of over 2000 South Africans was conducted to determine how often people are cleaning these common household items. 

More than half of the survey respondents indicated that they are either confident or very confident that their homes are clean, with around 87% saying they clean their kitchen sinks on a daily basis.

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These are the top 15 dirtiest in your home:

  • The kitchen sink

This can be cleaned with a multi-purpose kitchen cleaner.

  • The toilet bowl

A household approved toilet sanitiser solution can be used for overall toilet hygiene.

  • Kitchen Rags and sponges

Boil in water for at least 15 minutes. Also discard the rags or sponges after a few months.

  • The shower or bathtub

Clean the shower and tub everyday by rinsing and scrubbing with a multipurpose householder bathroom cleaner.

  • Children’s toys

Add the toys to a bleach solution and allow them to soak for at least 15 minutes to kill off bacteria.

  • Cell Phones

Use a lint-free cloth that is lightly dampened with soap and water solution to gently pat clean.

  • Laptop, PC Screens and Keyboards

Use a cloth dipped in an isopropyl solution to give the area a thorough wipe-down.

  • Bedding & Linen

Wash clean in a washing machine or by hand.

  • The Mattress

Zaach Smith, founder and owner of The Mattress Warehouse says that "while you don't have to clean the mattress every day or every month, it's certainly advisable to clean it in order to improve its longevity and air quality."

  • Toothbrush

Clean your toothbrush every day by running hot water over the bristles before and after each use.

  • TV Remote Control

Clean at least once a week by using a disinfectant wipe to lightly rub over the remote control.

  • Water Bottles

Add a teaspoon of vinegar and baking soda to the bottle, fill with warm water and allow the bottle to stand overnight. Rinse thoroughly the next day.

  • Cutting Board

Clean your cutting board after each use by scrubbing with a brush under hot water with an approved household cleaning solution.

  • Shoes

Scrub your shoes in warm water if possible, using a cleaning solution like laundry detergent.

  • Doorknobs and Light Switches

A weekly clean-up by wiping down with a cloth soaked in an approved household disinfectant or cleaning solution is recommended.

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I asked how other women keep their dirtiest items clean, here's what they said:

The dirtiest item in my household is the mirror. I try to keep it clean by using a mirror cleaner spray, if I don’t have it then I use water and a cloth.
Adelaide Phasha

It has to be the balcony. Well, I make sure I tidy up whenever my little sisters are done playing with their toys. It’s just a matter of following up once they done and put everything in its rightful place
Gabby Sibanda


The dirtiest thing in my household is definitely the kitchen sink, because everyone eats throughout the day and the dirty dishes go in the sink. I keep it clean by telling everyone to wash their dishes after eating.
Morongwa Malatji


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