The dirtiest room in your house, according to experts – and it’s NOT your bathroom

When you think about which room in your house is the dirtiest, you probably think of the toilet.

After all, this is where we go to the toilet and wash off the dirt of the day.

Contrary to what you might think, the toilet seat isn't the first place in your house that needs a thorough scrubbing


Contrary to what you might think, the toilet seat isn’t the first place in your house that needs a thorough scrubbing

But according to experts, the kitchen is the dirtiest place in your home.

This will litter the space where you prepare your food with germ-laden items, all of which are dirtier than a Toilet seat.

The National Sanitation Foundation, a global public health and safety organization, has found that kitchens tend to be dirtier than bathrooms after scientists tested 30 surfaces in 22 homes to measure levels of yeast, salmonella, mold, E. coli and staph to eat.

Toilet seats didn’t even make the top ten dirtiest household items.

Instead, it was kitchen items that featured most frequently on the list and also ranked highest.

The 10 Dirtiest Items in Your House:

1. Dishwashing sponges and dishcloths

2. Kitchen sinks

3. Toothbrush holder

4. Feeding bowls

5. Coffee Machines

6. Bathroom faucet handles

7. Pet toys

8. Kitchen counters

9. Stove Knobs

10. Cutting Boards

This comes after a microbiologist found that tea towels interact with enough bacteria to cause 13 different diseases.

Karen Holeyman, chief scientist at Dyson, said that “touch-sensitive surfaces like light switches and TV remotes” tend to be far more germ-ridden than most people’s toilets.

And according to Dr. Charles Gerba, who has been studying how bacteria lurk in unexpected places in the home since 1973, “People are constantly disinfecting their toilet seats, but they don’t realize that they also need to really pay attention to the kitchen.”

Karen said, “Food preparation surfaces like cutting boards can harbor the greatest bacterial contamination.”

But the dust swirling around your home can also be a problem, the scientist added, as it can contain allergens like pollen, bacteria and even fecal particles.

Much of this dust ends up on mattresses, bedding, upholstery, and carpets, all of which are found in your bedroom.

But fear not, there are ways to get rid of those germs and minimize bacteria in your home.

Karen has recommended that you wash and dry your hands frequently – but make sure you change your dishcloths regularly and let them dry between uses.

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You should also scrub surfaces that you prepare food on or that you touch frequently to properly combat germs in your home.

A good vacuum cleaner and air purifier also helps to combat germ-laden dust.

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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