Shortlist of Household Items You Probably Haven’t Cleaned in a Long Time

While everyone else believes in the saying ‒ “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” ‒ most people are just ofttimes missing some parts or items at home when it comes to household cleaning. 

We all know that germs, bacteria, and other hazardous substances are impossible to avoid, but keeping our house tidy and practising proper hygiene can somehow minimise the harmful effects of germs on the whole family’s health and sanity. You may be wiping the dust on tables and surfaces or bleaching the floor every once in a while but what about the knife block? The doorknob? The showerhead? The faucets, in general? Can you still recall the last time you clean them? Or have you ever tried cleaning them before?  

The vast majority of homeowners are guilty of skipping these parts when cleaning their homes. If you think you’re one of them, you should probably need to get on these items as soon as possible because objects that get dirty every day can serve as an avenue for sickness sources. These are ten of the most forgotten household items that demand some cleaning a-s-a-p. 

Faucet Handles and Aerators

Moulds develop in moist areas. Since faucets and sinks are often soaked in water, they are also prone to accumulate bacteria. You may scrub your hands thoroughly but none of this washing makes sense if your faucet handles are covered with bacteria. Use disinfectants to clean your faucets and make sure to wipe them dry after every use. You can also consider automatic faucets that do not require handles for touch-free washing should you plan for kitchen or bathroom renovation.    

Knife Block

Who else is guilty of ignoring knife blocks when cleaning the entire kitchen? Sure, a lot of you are raising their hands right now. The golden rule for using knives is to never slide them back into the block without washing and drying up. Storing used knives in the wooden block can accumulate developing bacteria from decaying crumbs of meat or veggies that you’ve previously cut with the knife. Plus, cockroaches are fond of hiding in the crevices so make sure to hand-wash the block and dry it up before putting to use again.   


Your mattress can still get dirty despite being treated with bed sheets and mattress cover. To make sure that you are not inhaling the dirt when you sleep, it’s smart to vacuum your mattress and bed sheets periodically or air them outdoors under the sunshine to eliminate germs and bed bugs. 


Blinds may have several benefits but they can also accumulate dust and dirt easily. Similar to mattress, vacuum your window blinds regularly or you may try these easy ways to clean your blinds at home:  

Soap Dispenser

Refillable soap dispensers can help save money and the environment but they can also produce tremendous dirt in your bathroom. Studies show that soap dispensers can be contaminated with bacteria when you touch them with your dirty hands. Clean its exterior with all-purpose wipes every after use and do not forget to wash and dry the container before doing a refill.     

Refrigerator Drawers

Rotten greens and spilt tomato sauce can produce yeast, mould, salmonella, and E. Coli listeria when not cleaned immediately, making your refrigerator a very unfriendly place for your food. Many health experts suggest homeowners clean their refrigerator interiors regularly or whenever they notice spills and leaks to avoid contamination of other stored food. Remove the drawers and wash them with warm, soapy water. Let them dry before sliding back in the fridge.      

Can Opener

The can openers are probably the last item we’d love to clean in the kitchen. Nod if you agree with me. However, when we try to open cans of tomato sauce or corned beef, the liquid and crumbs can slosh onto the blade, producing grime and bacteria. So, the next time you’ll use them to crack open another can, you are also carrying the collected bacteria from the leftover grimes to the other can and also to your food. If you are using a manual can opener, make sure to clean them by brushing the blades carefully with soap and rinsing with warm water thoroughly every after use.    

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