What is the filth factor in your home? Explore this list of 13 Filthy Things In The Home to learn if changes are needed.
We all get busy sometimes and don’t have time to get everything done in the house. The laundry may get behind or dirty dishes may sit in the sink overnight but this list of 13 filthy things in the home are things we saw during our 18 years of owning a cleaning business. Live and learn.
One person’s idea of clean is not the same as another person’s idea of clean
The concept of the Filth Factor was born
Many years ago, one of our customers who lived in a rather large home, moved out of the master suite which she shared with her husband. She simply moved into the guest suite on the other end of their home. Obviously they were working on some marital issue which is none of our business. Marriages are all worth saving so I’m glad they worked it out. Nonetheless, as we were cleaning one day, she stepped into the master suite and stated to us that her husband’s filth factor was much larger than her own. It was an awkward apology for her husbands high tolerance to filth which he did indeed have. I won’t elaborate.
The F9 Filth Factor rating
The highest filth factor I would assign became an F9 after cleaning an apartment with that number one day. The resident had opened the cabinet door under the bathroom sink and used that area as a litter box for her 12 cats! No she did not have a real litter box, she just tossed the litter right inside the wood cabinet. The owner had to replace the cabinet.
My solution to needing a really big litter box for a really big cat? We made this over size litter box and it works like a charm.
13 Filthy Things In The Home
Mold growing on the gaskets of the dishwasher and refrigerator are filthy things.
Leaving dirty underwear anywhere other than the laundry hamper (I could tell you several stories, all of which are disgusting)
Caked up toothpaste anywhere in the bathroom (you know that came flying off the toothbrush, please wipe it up immediately)
Dirty dishes with food debris left sitting anywhere in the home except in the kitchen sink
Carpet or flooring stained from pet accidents, then topped with food and beverage spills. (again, I have stories to tell!)
Nasty toilet seats, rims and/or bowls (If you sprinkle when you tinkle, please be sweet and wipe the seat, Free Printable on this page) If you have a blow-out, clean that up immediately. You are wrong for thinking that the cleaning lady see’s that all the time. She does not. This is a filthy thing.
Any evidence of rodents or bugs. Yes, they are going to come inside of even the most spotless clean home. Spray for bugs immediately and get rid of them!
Nasty cat litter creates multiple problems. It stays between the cats paws and is tracked all over the house. Litter boxes should be scooped daily. Don’t you flush every time?
Not wiping down the stove and counters after preparing a meal(s). Just think of the many things which are lain directly onto the surfaces in the kitchen. Germs are transferred by the hands which touch those surfaces and the things which were on them. Caked up food debris is difficult to remove.
Not wiping the explosions out of the microwave and therefore allowing it to bake on.
Not cleaning the soap scum out of the shower/tub and walls (we have actually had to use a razor blade to scrap out the soap scum in some homes)The longer you let it go, the harder it will be to clean.
Nasty sink stoppers, especially in the kitchen. This is such a nasty thing. You can put your kitchen sink stopper in the dishwasher on the top rack!
Dirty dish clothes! Wash dishes one time only with each dishcloth, then replace the dishcloth with a clean one for the next time. NEVER use a sponge for dishwashing!
Find a free printable with this song at the end of this post. Contrary to popular belief, the ladies room needs this sign also!
If it didn’t get filthy overnight, it will take time and elbow grease to clean it
My Tips For Washing Dishes by Hand
Do clean the sink prior to making dish water. You can’t clean dishes in a dirty sink.
Do scrap/rinse all food debris from dishes, pots and pans prior to putting them into the dish water.
Wash the dirtiest pans and cookware last. Greasy water does not clean dishes.
If all the soap suds have diminished, drain the dirty water and make clean soapy water.
Do not use sponges for cleaning in the kitchen.
If you insist on using a sponge for cleaning the kitchen, rinse it thoroughly and soak it in bleach water after each use.
Two things about those greasy, very nasty pots and pans;
1. Wash them last because you can’t clean dishes with dirty water and this will indeed make the water dirty.
2. If you put your nice clean dishcloth directly onto that surface to wash it, your dish cloth will be permanently stained.
My favorite kitchen cleaning tool at the moment is the Scrub Daddy. They last a really long time and do a great job scrubbing pots and pans without scratching. I use mine to scrub my glass top stove as well.
More Home Cleaning Tips
Avoid those filthy things by keeping your house cleaning chores up on a regular basis. I use this Speed Cleaning Kit I made on a regular basis in my home.
We developed this list of Best Bathroom Cleaning Products through trial and error from cleaning homes both filthy and not so filthy. We use the right product for the right chore.
How To Keep Your Dishcloth Stink and Stain Free. Yes, this is a real problem some people have but the solution is simple.
Let your tools do the work for you. Use this list of 20 Cleaver Uses for Vacuum Cleaner Attachments.
You know that Speed Cleaning Kit I mentioned? Here is how I use it. How To Speed Clean Your Home Like A Pro.
This is not a complete list of the filthiest things we have ever encountered but these do rank right up there near the top.
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