INFOGRAPHIC: Most Infectious Areas in Your Home

By Michelle Cemental


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Most infectious Area in Your Home

Even if you are taking precautions to reduce the spread of germs or infection, areas in your home could harbor infection. Let’s take a look at the most common surfaces that can harbor bacteria and other microorganisms that lead to the spread of infection if they are not cleaned and sanitized properly.


  • Cutting boards
  • Handles or knobs on appliances
  • Refrigerator
  • Sink and countertops
  • Dish sponges or rags
  • Coffee Maker

Tips to keep it clean

  • Wipe down hard surfaces with a solution of water and bleach.
  • Change out kitchen towels for clean ones regularly.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after handling food.
  • Microwave your wet sponges for 30 seconds to kill bacteria.
  • Wash dish rags in the dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Pour vinegar into your coffee maker, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then brew it as you would coffee.


  • Makeup bag
  • Shower and/or bathtub
  • Faucets and drains
  • Floor around the toilet
  • Towels
  • Toothbrushes

Tips to keep it clean

  • Regularly clean your makeup brushes.
  • Replace cosmetics that are older than 6 months.
  • Wipe down hard surfaces daily.
  • Deep clean the bathroom once per week.
  • Swap out hand towels and bath towels once per week or as needed.
  • Do not share personal items.

Living Room

  • Remote controls
  • Electronics
  • Carpet
  • Pet toys, beds, bowls

Tips to keep it clean

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wipe down electronic surfaces with disinfectant regularly.
  • Vacuum regularly and deep clean carpets at least once per year.
  • Spray carpets or rugs with fabric sanitizer.
  • Wash pet toys, beds, and bowls and disinfect them regularly.

Around the house

  • Light switches
  • Hand railings
  • Door handles
  • Laundry
  • Bag and purses

Tips to keep it clean

  • Use alcohol-based disinfectant wipes on hard surfaces.
  • Try to clean these frequently used surfaces at least once per week.
  • Use a new wipe for each spot instead of reusing the same.
  • Transfer laundry from your washing machine to the dryer immediately after wash.

These are just some of the areas within your home that can harbor bacteria and germs. It’s important to clean your home regularly to help keep everyone healthy, happy, and at home. For more resources on how to reduce the spread of infection, contact Caring Senior Service.

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