Today I’m sharing 25 Things You Should Be Disinfecting But Probably Aren’t

Here's a list of 25 things from around your home and car that you should be disinfecting but probably aren't! at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Have you ever stopped to think about the items you touch every day and how many germs they’ve got on them? Now, my goal is NOT to turn you into a germophobe, but instead to get you thinking about things that probably could use some disinfecting.  With school soon to be back in session the kids will be bringing home germs from everything they touch (YUCK) so let’s start with first things first and work our way through the list.  I started with a list of 25 but then in walking through my home I found several more…I stopped before it became a list of 100.

25 Things You Should Be Disinfecting But Probably Aren’t

Zep Commercial Quick Clean Disinfectant - 25 Things You Should Be disinfecting but probably aren't ~ a list of germ-filled household items from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Some of these items you’ll want to spray directly but most you’ll want to spray your cleaner onto a good quality rag and then wipe the item down either gently or vigorously depending of course on the item.  

I’ll give some tips and clues for several of the items.  

My cleaner of choice is Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant any time I want to get rid of bacteria; it kills 99.9% of it, and I can use it everywhere in my home especially the kitchen and bathroom.  

It cleans, disinfects and deodorizes in one simple and easy step! I buy a large bottle and then refill my smaller spray bottle as needed but any good quality disinfectant spray will work.

My Top 25 List of Items to Disinfect to Help Prevent or Limit the Spread of Germs

25 things you should be disinfecting but probably aren't ~ hand soap pump - find the entire list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

1.  The hand soap pump.  

Think about it, you touch the top of the pump or grab the soap bottle BEFORE you wash your hands so it’s harboring a lot of germs.  You can either spray this and then wipe or spray your cleaner onto a rag and then wipe off.  Either way, this is a good place to start.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - door knob - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

2.  Door knobs.  

I’ve shared before that while I was growing up my house smelled like bleach.  My Mother cleaned everything and I learned this trick from her.  Always, always disinfect your doorknobs inside and outside.  This is the first place hands touch before coming into your house.  You want to be sure it’s clean.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - dead bolt lock - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

3.  Deadbolt lock.  

You can spray your disinfectant of choice directly onto the doorknob or deadbolt lock and wipe clean BUT if your lock is a keyless entry you’ll want to spray on the rag first and then wipe clean. You do not want to get liquids unnecessarily in or on the keypad that may be abrasive for your unit.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probably aren't ~ cabinet handles - find the entire list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

4.  Kitchen cabinet knobs and handles.  

The scoop handles are especially notorious for hiding germs.  Your hand goes up underneath it so be sure to really clean this area well.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - light switch - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

5.  Light switches

I spray my rag and then clean the light switch plate and the switch itself.  NEVER spray anything electrical directly.  Last week the plumber was here and when he left I WIPED everything down that he touched.  I did NOT hear him wash his hands. I was freaking out and this was one of the areas I wiped down first in the bathroom.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probably aren't ~ dish drainer - find the entire list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

6.  Sink Drainer

Spray the drainer totally top and bottom and the silverware holder.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - shower mat - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com
25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - flush tank level - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

7.  Bathtub Mat

I like to lay mine down bottom side up first, spraying thoroughly and then flipping to the other side and repeating the process.  

8.  Toilet Flush Handle

yep…..not going to explain this one 😉 but I do spray it directly and wipe it off.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - toothbrush holder - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

9.  Toothbrush Holder

Depending on what yours is made of you can either spray it directly and wipe dry or spray your rag and wipe it clean inside and out.  I rinse mine out before putting the toothbrush back in.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - sink handles - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

10.  Faucet Handles

Kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - plastic shower curtain liner - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

11.  Shower Curtain Liner (if plastic) 

I spray mine and just let it be.  No need to wipe down.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - handrails - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

12.  Handrails

Whether you enter my home from the sunroom, family room, garage or front door you have to touch this handrail to get to the main floor of the house.  TOTAL germ collector.  Since mine is wood I spray a rag and wipe it down – top and UNDERNEATH.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - alarm system buttons - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

13. Alarm Keypads

This may not pertain to you but I have an alarm system that is usually the first thing we touch after we enter the house in order to disarm it.  Again, it’s electrical so I spray on a rag and then wipe it down.

Electronics in the Home

25 things you should be disinfecting but probably aren't ~ your telephone - find the entire list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

14.  Telephone

Spray a rag and wipe it clean front and back plus the cradle.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - cell phones - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

15.  Smartphones  

Be careful here.  DON’T spray the screen but if your cell phone is made from a material that can withstand a bit of moisture (metal, Kevlar, etc.) spray a rag and gently wipe clean.  If you use a case remove the case and clean it thoroughly.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - remote control - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

16.  Remote Controls

25 things you should be disinfecting but probably aren't ~ game controllers - find the entire list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

17.  Game controllers.

18.  Computer keyboard and mouse

Outside

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - Cleaning the car interior with Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com
25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - car and house keys- get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

19.  The keys to your car and house

DON’T directly spray the key fob.  Instead, spray a rag and wipe clean gently.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - in the car- get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

20.  Garage door opener.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - car door handles inside and outside- get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

21.  Car door handles inside and out.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - car shifter - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com
25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - cleaning the gear shift- get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

22.  Gear shift

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - steering wheel - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com
25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - cleaning the steering wheel- get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

23.  Steering wheel….this is another biggie for germs.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - glove box handle - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

24.  Glove box handle.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - dashboard knobs and buttons- get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

25.  Dashboard knobs.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - bicycle handlebars and brakes - get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

26.  Bicycle handlebar grip and brake levers.

25 things you should be disinfecting but probasbly aren't - reusable grocery shopping bags- get the complete list at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

27.  Reusable grocery bags.  

Oh boy, the germs these things have on them especially if you use them for raw meats.  Clean these OFTEN and clean them well.

28. Credit and Debit Cards

Wipe these down with an alcohol swab, a cotton ball dipped in alcohol or a disinfectant wipe.

After touching all of these things, you may want to use some hand sanitizer and just in case you can’t find any at the stores, you can make your own following this simple 2-ingredient recipe – the key is the alcohol ratio. Check it out.

So tell me what I forgot and what you disinfect? I’d love to compare our lists.

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