What is the filth factor in your home? Explore this list of 13 Filthy Things In The Home to learn if changes are needed.
A Free printable for your workplace is included at the end of this post.
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. We continued to clean as if nothing had changed. 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.
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 onto the wood. The owner had to replace the cabinet.
This is not a complete list of the filthiest things we have ever encountered but these do rank right up there near the top.
- Mold growing on the gaskets of the dishwasher and refrigerator!
- 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 doesn’t and your family should be more valuable to you than that as well. Don’t expect any of them to clean that up.
- 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. To loosen baked on crud, microwave a cup of water for 1 or 2 minutes prior to wiping the microwave. The steam will loosen the debris.
- 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. 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 it 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 crud is allowed to build up over time, it will take time and multiple efforts to clean it
Dish Washing by hand, good practices
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.
Use one of these handy dandy scrubbers for those tough jobs like pots and pans. You can rinse it out good and put it on the top rack of the dishwasher for a good cleaning!
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