13 Disgusting Things You Never Clean


disgusting things to cleanLet's face it, vomit-inducing dirtiness around your home happens. Whether through forgetfulness or willful neglect, we've all been shocked by a moldy, greasy, or dusty discovery of epic proportions.

Before someone turns you into a reality show, The Dirty Secrets of Germ-Ridden Women, check out these oft neglected household and personal items in your stash, and get to scrubbing.

  1. Curtains -- How many dust mites do you think can live in your floor-length curtains? Enough to make your entire family develop a serious allergy problem.
  2. Hair Brush -- If looking at that hairy thing doesn't gross you out enough to clean it ASAP, maybe thinking about dead hair and skin touching your freshly washed locks will.
  3. Diaper Bag -- Pulling out a fuzzy diaper then putting it on your baby's privates should only happen once -- in an emergency.
  4. Toaster Oven -- Yes, you really could start a fire with all those crumbs.
  5. Dog Bowls -- Do you really think Fluffy deserves all that slime with his dinner?
  6. Tooth Brushes -- How does rinsing them after covering them with germs really help? Don't forget about those grooves in the plastic collecting your spit, and the toothbrush holder that's rapidly turning white.
  7. Door Mat -- At some point you're just wiping your dirty feet on more dirt before you walk inside.
  8. Bathroom Vents -- Don't just clean your air conditioner filter once a year, this one blows year-round and is spitting dirt on you after every shower.
  9. High Chair -- Restaurant high chairs are dirtier than toilets, so think about that the next time you skip a thorough wipe-down after dinner. How do they get that way? From kids dropping food -- just like yours does at home.
  10. Makeup Brushes -- Your dead skin is all over those things you keep putting back on your face. And you wonder how come you keep breaking out? Ditto for the makeup bag.
  11. Under the Refrigerator & Stove -- Everyone drops food, food rolls, mold grows.
  12. Shower Head -- Mold and slime love moisture. Dip that thing in powerful cleaning products often.
  13. Trash Cans -- Even if you slip a plastic bag inside, spillage happens. Bleaching out the bin could probably kill an infestation or potential disease growing in there.

What do you forget to clean?


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RanaA... RanaAurora

I actually clean all of that. My kid likes to use the windowsill as a cupholder, so when his drink spills, it spills on the curtain, so they get thrown in the wash frequently. Cloth diapers are limited, so I put them in the bag when I'm leaving, but they don't stay in there more than a couple days.

I forget about the walls and ceiling. It's kinda gross what can accumulate there, especially when you have the under-three-feet crowd running around, and the ceiling? NOt sure what happens there.

Jessica Larsen

People don't clean those things? I'm not saying I do every day, or even week, but I do clean those things.


i acctually clean all of these the worse on is under the stove ...yuck ...other people dont do this ?omg!

SallyAM SallyAM

You'd be surprised at how many people I know who neglect to clean at least half of these. Needless to say, I try not to visit often.

Sweet... SweetPieMama24

I have to scrub the highchair multiple times a day with all the food being dropped. And under the stove there seems to be dog treats and dog food rolling under there lol

Kati Lunceford

LOL! RanaAurora! My 2yr old son uses our windowsills has a cup holder as well! :D
I clean my hairbrush at least once a month. A tip, take it in the shower w/you and use your shampoo! Then air dry:D
Good thing we don't eat out..YUCK-O about the public highchairs!

Connie King

OK, I won't start my post with "no way--everyone doesn't clean all of these things--like regularly." I am loving all the comments . . . wow. I do not clean all of those things regularly--dog dishes--absolutely. I don't have diaper bags, I do clean make-up brushes. I like the idea about cleaning hairbrush in the shower. My mom owned a salon while I was growing up--so I am familiar with cleaning them BUT, the hard way! The shower seems better! To sum it up, I don't clean the majority of those things regularly--my housekeeper does help me though. We are healthy still.

Nellyo Nellyo

We clean all of those :) Some more frequently than others. Dog bowls go in the dishwasher twice weekly unless I remember more often. I have to wash the curtains and door mats because of dog hair. I soak toothbrushes in Listerine when I feel compelled. 


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