How Clean is Your Home? A list of surfaces to sanitize

Whether you did/didn’t have Corona, are/aren’t getting vaccinated, it’s important to pay heed to how clean your home is to kill germs. I was recently introduced to a British reality show (no longer running) called How Clean is Your House? Watch the show on YouTube, even for a few minutes and you’ll be donning rubber gloves and running for the disinfectant cleaner. In this time of heightened time of cleanliness, here’s a quick list of some surfaces to be mindful of.

Granted, most of our homes aren’t in that condition of disarray seen in the show, but you really get thinking that your frequently touched surfaces need a good wipe down.

If you have s a lot of clutter, you know I have a few things to say about that topic. Clutter will hinder your cleaning. Declutter. Declutter. Declutter. Enough said.

So presuming you’ve got the clutter under control, I’ll move on to some frequently touched surfaces you may consider giving a good wipe down. I’m not going to mention every possible surface in your home, but ones you might not think about regularly and get lots of traffic from multiple fingers.

I’m not telling you how to clean it or what product to use, so here are some places to wipe down:


refrigerator and freezer handles or grooves where you put fingers, refrigerator drawers

cabinet and drawer handles, cabinet doors

the handle you use to open your oven

keypads to the microwave and other digital appliances

the lever you push down on water dispensers



light switches and switch plates

toilet flush lever

sink handles

door knobs

sides of doors (children who can’t reach the handle touch here often)

lighter guns (for lighting stoves, candles, etc.)


phone / cell phone




knob for volume on speakers

gaming joysticks

Make a wiping down surfaces part of your daily routine and spend 5-15 minutes each time.

May you and your loved ones stay healthy/be well!

Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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