10. Interiors of Washing Machines
The very machines used to wash your clothing may be harboring the coliform bacteria that causes sickness and diarrhea. Washing machine temperatures may not be hot enough to kill the bacteria from fecal matter that clings to dirty underwear. These bacteria can remain in the washing machine and contaminate future loads. Wash your hands after transferring wet clothing from the washer to the dryer. The high temperatures of the dryer should kill any bacteria that remain on the clothing. Tumble dry your laundry for at least 30 minutes. To disinfect your washer, run an empty cycle with bleach, or add bleach when washing whites.
9. Kitchen Dishrags
Kitchen dishrags and sponges are some of the dirtiest items in any home. Bacteria thrive in moist environments. Kitchen rags are not only wet, but also come in constant contact with food particles and possible food-borne pathogens. Be sure to wash dishcloths regularly in hot water and tumble dry. Kitchen sponges can be sanitized in your dishwasher but should be replaced every two weeks.
8. Pet Food Bowls
You wouldn’t want to use the same unwashed bowl for every meal, and neither should your pet. Leftover food and pet saliva can make prime conditions for bacterial growth. Wash your pet’s bowl after each meal with hot, soapy water to prevent germs from multiplying.