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We're all trying to stay healthy, but it’s easy to forget about the everyday items we encounter that carry germs ... quite a lot of them. While we focus on wiping down countertops and doorknobs, the items listed below can often be forgotten. A little soapy water can go a long way to keeping you and your family healthy! 

Clean the following items often, wash your hands after touching, or avoid them altogether if you can!

Salt and Pepper Shakers

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COVID has removed the old salt and pepper fixtures on restaurant tables and they might not be coming back, except for requested salt and pepper paper packets. It may not be a bad idea to wash your home salt and pepper shakers, too. Speaking of—when was the last time your cleaned and sanitized your spices in your spice rack? Some food for thought.

Workplace Coffee Pot

We’ve been avoiding touching the work-place bathroom door handle, but our hands grab that coffee pot daily without a thought of who might have touched it before us. The inside of a coffee pot can be a germ factory—we're talking yeast and mold. Is someone cleaning that communal pot? If not, you might want to volunteer.

Children's Toys

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You never know where your kids' toys have been ...

Small children aren’t great at washing their hands or avoiding germs. Their toys often go into their mouths. We teach our children to pick up their toys, but we don't usually disinfect them.  Wash your kiddos' toys with warm soapy water weekly, at a minimum.

Dog Toys

When was the last time you washed your dog's toys? If you're like me, the answer is ... well, never. (Guilty, as charged!) Dirt and mold build-up on toys. According to pethealthnetwork.com, dogs can pass Ringworm, Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis, Campylobacter infection, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium infection onto humans. So... it can't hurt to clean those suckers every once in a while.

TV Remote Control

We're all watching more TV during the pandemic. According to NCTA.com, Americans are watching twice as much TV, which means we're probably touching the remote control twice as much. Give that remote a quick wash—and if you're an avid gamer, it can't hurt to clean your controller, too.


Moist sponges are germ factories. Discard sponges after one week’s use. Experts have found that microwaving sponges does not kill all of the germs that hide within its surfaces. Use bleach to clean a sponge if you're using it more than once.

Bathroom Towels

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Don't be like Nick Miller. Wash your bathroom towels.

Damp towels hanging in dark bathrooms are germ traps for a variety of microbes. There’s no worse feeling than getting out of a hot shower, feeling fresh and rejuvenated, only to have your towel infested with germs, dirt, and grime from your previous shower. Wash your towels at least twice a week.

Bathroom and Kitchen Faucets

It stands to reason that having a toilet near the bathroom faucet lends to more germs being on the bathroom faucet handles—especially E-coli and other fecal bacteria. We turn the handles of the faucet after using the toilet, but we often do not wash the handles. Similarly, the kitchen faucet is the most-used faucet in the house. Washing your hands after touching raw chicken, but not washing the kitchen handles you touched first to wash your hands are breeding grounds for germs, like salmonella.

Light Switches

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Everyone in a household touches the light switches, and yet, they aren’t something we think to wipe with soapy water or anti-bacterial spray. As these switches are touched daily, they should be wiped clean daily.

What everyday item do you make sure to clean? Let us know in the comments.