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Secret places germs are hiding

Updated: May 31, 2020

COVID-19 has made us all hyper-aware of sanitising and disinfecting ourselves and our homes. But are there secret places germs are hiding that we may have overlooked?

Here is a list of all the hidden places germs are lurking and how to clean them away for good!


This may seem like a given, but for those who don’t know, door handles are a main point of public contact.

Everyone entering a doctor's room, shopping store, or even your own home has to use the door handle.

As we know, Coronavirus can be caught by touching a surface that an infected person has touched.

So when in public make sure to use gloves, and in your own home use a simple disinfectant wipe or a spray and wipe over the doorknob before using it to limit that risk.

Germs Hiding on Doorknob

Shopping trolleys

Similarly to doorknobs, shopping trolley handles are full of harmful germs that can make us sick.

Some ways to avoid touching these surfaces can be through online grocery shopping, or by simply using gloves.

If you're unable to do either of these, avoid touching your face whilst grocery shopping and thoroughly wash your hands after you’ve completed your shop.


Always been a big carrier of germs and even more so during the Coronavirus pandemic - hence the request we use cashless payment methods wherever possible.

Money is difficult to clean, but spraying notes and coins with a light solution of vinegar and water can kill some of the bacteria.

In the rare case that you use cash, washing your hands after paying is always a good idea.

Money Jar- Germs hiding

Light switches

Light switches are a staple in most homes. They are used numerous times a day by members of your household, extended family and even guests.

This means they can be a petri dish of germs!

Wiping light switches down with a damp cloth or a disinfectant wipe is an easy way to cut down the risk of spreading germs.

Remote controls and keyboards

In the age of online streaming, remote controls may seem like fossils to us.

However, they are still a key source of germs in the home.

Similarly, as keyboards are used for online work, studying or streaming, they are repeat offenders of germ-spreading.

To clean these electronics, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to run over the buttons and lightly in the crevices.

Remember to never spray anything onto the surface of these devices and only use damp - almost dry cloths - to avoid getting fluid into the mechanics underneath.

The Kitchen

The Kitchen is a breeding ground for dangerous germs and bacteria.

The kitchen sink, microwave and cutting boards are all key offenders.

Wiping these surfaces down with a vinegar solution or a disinfectant spray after use is an easy way to limit the germs and bacteria left behind.

Heat is also a great germ killer. Washing dishes and kitchen utensils in very warm water with antibacterial soap can also kill many of those harmful microorganisms.

Germs hiding in kitchen

The rubbish bin

It may come as no surprise that the indoor bin is a germ's paradise.

Rotting foods, dirty containers and old packaging sitting together can brew some terrible germs and bacteria.

Using a bin liner is always a good idea to limit germ transfers.

However, wiping down the bin with a solution of baking soda and vinegar is a safe and easy way to kill harmful bacteria and the odours they create.

Doing this once a week can save your family from unnecessary contact with germs.

On you!

Specifically, your fingernails, palms and forearms.

These are the body parts that come in contact with the most surfaces.

Washing your hands regularly with warm water and soap is key to avoiding Coronavirus and other illnesses. Washing up past your wrist to your forearms is also a necessity.

Cleaning under your fingernails each night is important to reduce the spread of bacteria.

This can be done with a nail bush that is washed after each use or a cotton swab with some nail polish remover to kill the germs.

Whilst cleaning these areas may seem like overkill, it's an easy way to help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 and to stop the spread of germs.

If you would like to delve deeper into this topic, have a read of our 'Secret Places Germs are Hiding" Module below!

Secret Places Germs are Hiding
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