Blog Stories 5 Things You’re Forgetting to Clean in Your Home

5 Things You’re Forgetting to Clean in Your Home

By Melissa Dorman, May 5, 2021

Do you know that the kitchen is the dirtiest part of your whole home? There are probably a lot of other interesting things you don’t know about the dirtiest places in your home. Here are five other common household spots that typically are overlooked. You might want to consider cleaning these pots in the near future.



1) Your washing machine

That’s right, the thing that washes your clothes is actually pretty gross, especially if you tend to wash your clothes on colder temperatures. In fact, many U.S. households don’t launder clothes at temperatures high enough to kill bacteria. Moisture from the washing machine gets trapped in the door’s seal and the detergent drawer, which can harbor microbes.


2) Your toothbrush holder

Toothbrush holders collect bacteria from your mouth and are seldom washed or cleaned. This builds up over time and can become visibly discolored or gooey. Don’t forget to clean it weekly!


3) Your carpets and rugs

What’s lurking in your carpeting and throw rugs? A lot of nasty things. Allergy-inducing pet dander, pollen—and it turns out—a fair amount of mold, especially if you’re in a humid climate. Dust mites are another problem that arise when carpets aren’t cleaned for a while.


4) Your dishwasher

Another machine that harbors too many germs to count, your dishwasher may not be as sparkling clean as you thought.

Dishwashers can grow mold and bacteria, since they’re a dark, wet environment. Make sure to leave the door open a little bit to dry out your dishwasher when you’re not using it for a while. Once a month run it through a deep-cleaning cycle with a dishwasher cleaning tablet.

6) Your computer keyboard

This one speaks for itself. Anything that we repeatedly touch all of the time becomes a parking lot for germs. Try cleaning it once a day, just make sure you don’t damage your keyboard by getting it too wet.

Melissa Dorman

Broker | OR & WA


Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape sex trafficking by providing alternative work at a social business. It was there she discovered her passion for financial education as a means of empowering people to move out of poverty. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters, Melissa spent 5 years working as a Social Worker; assisting clients facing homelessness, in jail, or at a psychiatric facility. As much as she loved the work, imagining saving for retirement on the meager salary of a social worker was becoming grim. That's when Melissa discovered "passive income." In no time, she fell in LOVE with real estate as a vehicle for wealth. Soon after, Melissa began locating off-market multi-family properties to purchase through creative financing strategies and win-win opportunities. Two years into investing, Melissa quit her day job as a Social Worker to become a full-time broker and investor. Initially, she was drawn to people in difficult circumstances, so she developed extensive experience assisting families facing foreclosure, short sales, and probate. Melissa is well versed in helping her clients overcome complex real estate challenges. Currently, Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist clients to achieve their real estate dreams, including how to strategically buy and sell a personal residence to maximize profits. Far from the slums of Kolkata, her greatest passion now is empowering other working professionals to develop passive forms of income through buying multi-family properties in Portland.
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