Now we have all heard those warnings that make us shiver, such as how we would be better off licking a toilet seat than our mobile phones – well unfortunately they are true.


Toilet seats are generally cleaned much more often than phones, and they aren’t carried around public transport, schools and anywhere else we go. In 2013, researchers found that mobile phone screens had up to 140 units per swab of staphylococcus (a bacteria can cause severe stomach sickness).


If that charming thought hasn’t made you want to scrub your phone within an inch of its life, here is a few more items within your home that could do with a jolly good clean.


The remote control

We are all guilty of snacking while watching the TV, this is the main culprit for getting food particles on the remote that bloom into bacteria as you channel surf. Plus, we may not always wash our hands when we get home before heading for that trusty remote, so all those germs from our journey home will be transferred.

Simply take a damp cloth spritzed with your favourite disinfectant, and make sure you scrub between those buttons.


The washing machine

Seems a little crazy to washing something used for washing right? Shouldn’t it just be clean? Well, with all the hard work it does keeping our clothes clean, gunk can clog up parts of the machine and shorten its lifespan.

A quick cycle using white wine vinegar and baking soda instead of detergent will keep it cleaning happily for many years to come.


Door handles

You might try to avoid shaking hands with someone who has a cold, but how many people with viruses and stomach flus have opened the same door as you? It’s a good practice to wipe door handles down with disinfectant whenever you are cleaning surfaces.