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We previously covered The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting, but knowing what things to disinfect around your home can also be a good way to get a headstart on staying safe and healthy year-round. Check out these 6 important things to disinfect around the home.

1. Kitchen

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The kitchen is usually at the top of most people’s lists of things to disinfect around the home—especially since it also tends to be one of the most germ-riddled areas.

Fortunately, it’s also one of the easier places to keep clean and sanitized, even just by using disinfectant wipes, steam, sprays, or just plain soap and water on areas like the following:

Kitchen Items to Disinfect

  • Counters
  • Cabinet doors, handles, and knobs
  • Trash cans
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Appliance buttons and handles
  • Light and disposal switches
  • Frequently used food containers

2. Bathroom

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Photo by Christa Glover

The bathroom is yet another germ-riddled hotspot within the home.

It’s also generally the first place people think about when it comes to germs.

Bathroom Items to Disinfect

  • Hand towels – try to switch out regularly
  • Doorknobs and handles
  • Switches
  • Counters
  • Cabinet doors
  • Bathroom towels
  • Soap dispensers
  • Faucets
  • Floors
  • Toilet – work your way downwards: tank, handle, lid, seat, underneath the seat, rim/rear, base, bowl.

3. Fabrics & Bedding

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Items such as towels, bedding, furniture, and other fabric-type items can be a hotbed for germs, thanks to often porous materials.

Some items may even need to be cleaned more frequently, depending on their use.

Steam & Traditional Washing

Luckily, washing them in the laundry, whenever applicable, or even using a cloth with soap and hot water, can often do the trick of killing germs.

Using steam, a disinfecting spray, or a carpet or upholstery cleaner may be a more suitable option for more delicate items or ones that are harder to clean the traditional way, like carpets, rugs, delicate blankets, sofas, etc.

Kids and Pets

Treatments may also depend on what the item is used for, who might be using it, and whether non-toxic or child/pet-safe alternatives may be necessary, like a child’s or pet’s toys. When in doubt, read the item’s care instructions first.

Potential Items to Wash or Steam

  • Hand and body towels
  • Bedding
  • Throw pillows
  • Bed pillows
  • Carpet & rugs
  • Stuffed animals and toys

4. Electronics & Other Gadgets

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If there’s one thing we use often that could use regular sanitizing, if not flat-out disinfecting, it would be our electronic devices and their peripherals.

Due to this, it’s always a good idea to be in the habit of sanitizing or disinfecting items gadgets, and electronics that we commonly come into contact with or take out into public.

Gadgets to Consider Disinfecting

  • Headphones and earbuds
  • Cell phones
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Cameras
  • Garage remote and wall-based garage opener
  • Computer peripherals, such as mouses and keyboards
  • Game controllers
  • Audio home hubs (i.e. Google Hub, Alexa, etc.)
  • Any gadget with buttons

5. Odds & Ends

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Photo by Steve Johnson

Some areas and items to disinfect around your home might involve commonly used objects that we often forget about.

These can often be cleaned and sanitized using a disinfecting wipe or just soap and hot water.

However, some materials may require special treatment, such as leather or fabric-type materials.

Items to Disinfect at Home

  • Remote controls
  • Keys
  • Eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Doorbell button
  • Car handles, console, dash, and steering wheel
  • Frequently used pens and pencils
  • Purses, wallets, and frequently used bags
  • Shoes
  • Children’s non-fabric toys
  • Soap dispensers and hand sanitizer bottles
  • Credit cards

6. Pets

dirty dog paws
Photo by Engin Akyurt

Of course, we can’t forget our beloved animals.

While indoor cats generally won’t have anything to worry about, animals that go outdoors may bring something in with them, whether human-related viruses and germs or pet-related ones.

Using a microfiber cloth or pet-safe wipes can be a great way to clean their paws or fur as they come back inside, and will even help to keep your floors cleaner as a bonus.

Pet Items to Disinfect or Wash

  • Wipe clean paws and fur after walks (use pet wipes or a damp microfiber cloth only, not human or disinfecting wipes)
  • Make an effort to clean food and water dishes, even just as an act of kindness
  • Wash bedding
  • Clean toys, particularly ones that might be out in public

Psst… Want more pet-related cleaning tips? Check out our 14 Ultimate Pet-Related Spring Cleaning Chores & Helpful Tips and 11 Easy Tips On How To Control Pet Fur At Home next (new tabs).

Other Items and Steps to Consider

If you are concerned about contagious viruses, such as Covid-19, or other germs, it’s also good to consider the following steps:

  1. Clean off items like purses, wallets, or any credit cards used if you’ve been out in public.
  2. Cleaning floors regularly, especially with children, and/or if shoes are worn inside.
  3. Consider using disposable gloves to protect yourself and others, and when touching items like shopping carts.
  4. Keep travel packs of disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizing wipes on hand, which can be used to clean, items, you may need to come in contact with, like shopping carts, your car, doors, and so forth.
  5. Have disposable masks ready in your car, purse, briefcase, or backpack.
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Psst… For tips on how to clean, sanitize and disinfect, as well as how to know the difference, click here.


Regardless of what you decide are the best things to disinfect around your home, it wise to make sure that you read proper care instructions for any items that you’re unsure about.

In most cases, depending on what the item is and who will be using it, regular disinfecting products will usually do the trick.

However when in doubt, take some time to research items that may be more delicate or harder to clean, or that may even be used for kids or pets, before doing so.

In some situations, some items may only need sanitizing or cleaning. You can also check out the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention for more insight. is not a professional source for medical information. Always check with your doctor if you have any health concerns, questions, or want to know about Covid-19 or how to safeguard yourself and your family further with disinfecting or sanitizing. You can also visit the CDC, or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, for more information and tips.

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