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13 Surprising Things in Your House That Are Grossing Out Your Guests

1. Dirty bathrooms

This one shouldn't come as any kind of surprise. But just in case you didn't already know, your unkempt bathroom is really grossing people out.

Rings around the tub, orange grime on the shower floor, and soap scum in the sinks are not just visually unappealing, but they also make your guests wonder how well the house has been maintained.  It’s crucial to keep the things people can see clean.

Pro tip: After cleaning and sanitizing your sink, tub, and toilet, run a microfiber cloth along your baseboards to catch any dust that's almost certainly collected there. 

2. Water stains

Water stains on the ceiling or moldy, rotting wood around the windows is guaranteed to be gag-inducing. It will have your guests wondering what other moldy grossness is lurking in your walls just out of sight. 

3. Your shower curtain liner

Nobody wants to see your discolored or mildewed liner when they step into the shower. 

Before guests arrive, toss your liner into the washer with a cup of vinegar and a few towels; run a short cycle for five minutes, then let everything soak for an hour. Turn the cycle back on, and hang the liner up to dry. 

4. Pet hair

Nothing says "welcome to our home" like tufts of dog hair floating across your living room like tumbleweeds. An easy solution: Vacuum regularly. If guests are arriving in, say, the next five minutes. Grab some rubber gloves and run them over the surface you want to clean. 

5. Hand towels

Bath towels, decorative towels and even dish rags hold moisture and can be breeding grounds for germs. 

Spring for some disposable hand towels, and save your guests the disgust factor. 

6. Carpet in the dining room

How clean can it be when food is constantly falling on it?

Granted, you probably don't want to deal with it right at this moment, but it's definitely one to keep in mind.

7. Carpet in the bathroom

Even worse than food in the carpet is, well, the kind of stuff you'd find in the vicinity of a toilet. Plus, carpeted bathroom floors are a breeding ground for mold and mildew, due to the room being a high-moisture area.

 Carpet in general can be a source of problems, especially if the previous owners are pet owners and prospective buyers have allergies or asthma.

8. Fuzzy toilet seat covers

We can't believe this is still a thing. But alas, here we are, and guests will certainly be grossed out for all the same reasons as above. These things are germ magnets, given their proximity to the throne. While you're at it, ditch your fuzzy toilet lid cover, which isn't earning you any clean points, either. 

9. That Squatty Potty

They're all the rage, but let's be honest: These toilet stools,  carry with them some rather explicit associations.

They just have a medical-device and unsanitary look that makes people think of hospitals, senior citizens centers, and, well, other unsavory connotations."

Your best bet? Hide 'em before guests show up.

10. Used pillows

The guest room might seem like a good place to put your old pillows that you just can't bring yourself to toss. But here's a hard truth to face: If you wouldn't sleep on those pillows, your guests shouldn't have to, either.

The grossest part is that old pillows past their prime will contain months, if not years, of built-up dirt, oils, drool, dust mites, mold, mildew, and even fungi if they weren’t properly washed and/or protected. 

Ditch the old pillows and invest in high-quality, washable pillows and pillow protectors (which you should also wash regularly).

11. Old sponges and loofahs

Stinky old sponges and loofahs would most certainly be the first thrown out. 

Toss them after a week or so of use, and hide them when guests are around.

12. Your slow-draining shower

Nobody wants to stand in 3 inches of dirty water. Clean out drain pipes and save your guests this indelicate nightmare.

13. Sticky cabinets

A major cringe-inducer for guests.

Make sure to wipe down not only your countertops, but also the front of your cabinets and the top of your hood range before guests arrive. Prevent future gunk by replacing the filters in your hood regularly, and using your stove's fan (and/or opening windows) when frying food.

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