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The 13 Dirtiest Things in Your Home, According to Science

Best Life Logo By Morgan Greenwald of Best Life | Slide 1 of 14: No matter how often you hit your home with a bottle of Lysol or a container of Clorox, it's still likely teeming with germs. And while that truth was easy for some of us to ignore in the past, the coronavirus pandemic has even casual cleaners concerned about all the items and surfaces they and their families touch. That's why we've compiled a list of the dirtiest things in your home that you can—and should—focus on the next time you break out the disinfectant.While this study happened in 2015, well before COVID-19 began to spread, researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder collected dust samples from 1,200 American households and were able to identify more than 9,000 different species of microbes, bacteria, and fungi. Put simply, there's a huge amount of germs hidden on your doorknobs and under your couch cushions.Though the best course of action would be to do a deep clean of your house every week, it's admittedly unrealistic, even if you are working from home right now. When you do go through your daily cleaning ritual, make sure to hit the following 13 spots:

No matter how often you hit your home with a bottle of Lysol or a container of Clorox, it's still likely teeming with germs. And while that truth was easy for some of us to ignore in the past, the coronavirus pandemic has even casual cleaners concerned about all the items and surfaces they and their families touch. That's why we've compiled a list of the dirtiest things in your home that you can—and should—focus on the next time you break out the disinfectant.

While this study happened in 2015, well before COVID-19 began to spread, researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder collected dust samples from 1,200 American households and were able to identify more than 9,000 different species of microbes, bacteria, and fungi. Put simply, there's a huge amount of germs hidden on your doorknobs and under your couch cushions.

Though the best course of action would be to do a deep clean of your house every week, it's admittedly unrealistic, even if you are working from home right now. When you do go through your daily cleaning ritual, make sure to hit the following 13 spots:

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