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The Dirtiest Things You Own

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  • Your Straightener/Curler

    Your Straightener/Curler

    The Dirty: People rarely think about cleaning their hair styling tools like straighteners or curlers, but residue from your hair and old styling products can build up and even transfer back into your hair. Yuck! 

    The Clean: If you use hair styling tools daily, clean them once a week with alcohol pads or white vinegar to get rid of any bacteria.  

    Tip: Build-up will come off much easier if your tool is at least slightly warm. 

  • Your Earbuds

    Your Earbuds

    The Dirty: You likely use your earbuds every day, such as commuting to and from work, plus take them with you when you work out, travel, or run errands. Whether they are in your ear or stuffed in a bag, they can accumulate dirt and grime. Bacteria can be transferred from person to person by using someone else's earbuds. 

    The Clean: Make a simple solution of dishwasher soap and water and use a cloth to wipe your earbuds. You shouldn't use too much water as that could cause damage. Another option is using anti-bacterial wipes to clean them each week. 

  • Your Doorknob

    Your Doorknob

    The Dirty: It goes without saying that doorknobs are commonly used, thus very easy to gather unpleasant things. Every day, your family is touching the doorknob with or without washing their hands, which can make it quite a hot bed of bacteria and illness-causing germs. 

    The Clean: Brass and copper doorknobs naturally impede the growth of germs but make sure to regularly wipe down other doorknobs with vinegar. 

  • Your Keyboard

    Your Keyboard

    The Dirty: Those times you forgot to wash your hands before typing away at your computer? It all adds up! Your keyboard can have up to 200 percent more bacteria than your toilet seat! 

    The Clean: First unplug your keyboard, then wet a napkin with isopropyl alcohol solution and clean off your keys.

    Tip: Make sure to use isopropyl alcohol as other alcohol solutions may cause the lettering on your keys to come off. 

  • Your Cellphone

    Your Cellphone

    The Dirty: You bring your phone everywhere, so is it any wonder that it is a breeding ground for germs? Basically you don't want to have that anywhere near your face when you're calling someone or on the table near your food. 

    The Clean: Power your phone off then clean with a cotton swab and distilled water or a 40/60 alcohol-water solution. 

     

  • Your Purse

    Your Purse

    The Dirty: Your beloved go-to bag is carrying around a myriad of germs. The handles are teeming with bacteria, and the insides with all the junk you keep forgetting to throw out aren't much better.

    The Clean: Take everything out of your purse then go through it with a mini vacuum. Wipe down everything with a wet cloth. For stains, test Tide in a small area before continuing to clean to make sure you don't ruin the fabric. 

  • Your Chopping Board

    Your Chopping Board

    The Dirty: You should really think twice before just rinsing your cutting board. There is apparently 200 times more fecal bacteria on a cutting board from raw meat than on your toilet seat!

    The Clean: Regularly clean your chopping board in the dishwasher. For deeper cleans (especially for wooden cutting boards), use pure white vinegar and baking soda to disinfect it and remove any smells.

    Tip: It's always good to rub your board down with mineral oil after cleaning and drying to protect the wood and prevent it from warping. 

  • Your Makeup Brushes

    Your Makeup Brushes

    The Dirty: After only a few weeks of use, your makeup brushes accumulate your face's natural oils, makeup, dead skin cells, germs and bacteria - basically nothing you would ever want to put on your skin. 

    The Clean: Every few weeks, use a little bit of baby shampoo and swirl the bristles before washing in warm water. Make sure not to get the base wet as that can cause some of the bristles to fall out. Lay flat to dry. 

  • Your Dishwasher

    Your Dishwasher

    The Dirty: You might think that your dishwasher gets a wash every time you run a load of dishes, but that's not the case. All those residues and food remnants? Over time they build up, which creates a gross breeding ground for germs. 

    The Clean: First manually clear the drain of any food debris, then run a hot water cycle with a cup of vinegar on the top rack to disinfect. To get rid of musty odors, put baking soda on the bottom of your dish washer then run a short hot water cycle. 

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