Filthy refrigerator drawers
Even if the fruit and vegetable drawers in your refrigerator appear to be clean and sterile, they could be hiding a mass of dangerous microorganisms, including E. coli, salmonella, and more. According to USA Today, these bacteria can lead to symptoms of food poisoning, which can range from an upset stomach to something more severe, like kidney failure. To reduce your chances of developing any kind of foodborne illness, be sure to wash your fruits and vegetables carefully before eating them, and disinfect the fridge drawers and shelves at least once a month. Here are 31 more things you haven’t cleaned in a very long time.
Your bath mat
Rarely do we ever give our bath and shower mats a second thought, but as it turns out, they’re often breeding grounds loads of hazardous bacteria, mold, and dust mites. When you step out of the showering dripping wet, your bath mat traps the moisture, allowing mold and harmful bacteria to thrive, according to the Huffington Post. To keep your bath mat germ-free, try drying off in the shower rather than on the mat to avoid getting it all wet. Additionally, be sure to wash it in hot water at least a couple of times a month.
Even if you’re not smoking cigarettes yourself, simply being in close proximity to someone who is can have severe lasting effects on your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, about 70 of which are known to cause cancer. Horrifyingly enough, the CDC also estimates that approximately 2,500,000 people have died from second-hand smoke since 1964. The best way to protect against this is to prohibit anyone from smoking inside your home, especially with all the windows and doors shut. Once you’ve eliminated all of these concerns, check out the 38 things your housecleaner secretly wants you to know.