Most of us like to think of our homes as clean, spotless, safe from all outside germs. After all, we spend time nearly every single day performing some sort of cleaning ritual: we wipe down the countertops before we cook, floors after visitors have come and gone, and bathrooms due to their very nature. However, while we believe that our living spaces are free from harmful bacteria and virus germs, there are often areas that we overlook because we don’t realize how germy these ordinary parts of our homes are.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your household’s overall health, take a look at the following items:
- Cell phones
- Bathroom sinks- believe it or not, bathroom sinks have been shown in studies to carry more bacteria than toilet seats
- Computer keyboards
- Kitchen sponges- bacteria density is roughly 54 billion bacterial cells per square centimeter
- Coffee machines
- Shoes- over ¼ of all shoe soles carry C. Difficile
- Pillowcases- after one week of use, your pillowcase carries as much bacteria as a toilet seat
To combat some of the germ gathering places in your home, there are a couple of cleaning rituals you can use to reduce bacteria and virus germs’ potential to thrive.
- Use disinfectant wipes to wipe down computer and cell phone surfaces daily. There are wipes that are designed specifically for keyboards so that you can avoid cleaning liquid spilling between the keys.
- Clean your kitchen sink thoroughly every couple of days, using a bathroom-appropriate cleaner.
- Use kitchen sponges for a maximum of one week before replacing them with a fresh sponge.
- Run your coffee machine through a clean cycle once a week, and do not forget to wash the drip tray.
- Remove your shoes at the front door before walking through your home, and clean the soles and sides with a disinfectant wipe after going out.
- Wash your pillowcase once a week with your sheets and other bedding.
Bleach is a Lifesaver
Unless you or someone in your home is allergic to bleach, it can be used as an excellent tool to help combat active bacteria and virus pathogens in your home. Adding three tablespoons of bleach to half a quart of warm water can create a powerful cleaning agent that doesn’t make your home smell like fumes.
It’s important to keep up with cleaning your home as often as possible. Germ cultures grow very quickly, so it’s important to prevent them from having time to become a health hazard. Wipe down surfaces and wash your hands frequently for good measure.
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