5 places germs are hiding in your home | Health
Most people do a good job of cleaning the obvious places that germs hide in our homes. Faucets and door knobs are places that germs are spread from person to person, as are light switches. A good wipe with antibacterial cleansing cloths or other antibacterial cleaners is a great way to inhibit the growth of potentially sickening germs, which is especially important with the approach of cold and flu season, as well as the recent announcement about the increasing number of whooping cough cases in East Texas.
However, there are spots or items in your home that you may not be cleaning regularly. Check out this list and then go look them over inside your own home.
1: Behind the kitchen faucet. Sometimes the kitchen faucet and its handles get sprayed and wiped down, but the area between the faucet and the backsplash or wall gets neglected. Make sure to spray with disinfectant cleaner according to package directions, and wipe clean. Do the same for your bathroom faucets.
2. Cleaning sponges and towels. When you wipe germy surfaces with your sponge or towel, you pick up bacteria, and that can range from e coli bacteria to viruses and molds. Rinse sponges with hot water and soap after each use, and place them in the microwave for 60 seconds a few times a week to kill bacteria, as well. Towels should be washed in hot water with detergent weekly; use a new kitchen towel each day, or anytime after wiping up any soiled or wet mess.
3. Sheets, pillow cases, and blankets or spreads: Dead skin cells, dust mites and their excrement are the number one cause of allergies in our homes. Experts suggest getting your mattress and pillows steam-cleaned once a year. Wash sheets weekly, and duvet covers or comforters monthly, if possible, according to label directions.
You can also have your upholstered furniture steam cleaned if allergies are a problem in your home.
4. Your home's entry: the vast majority of germs in your home enter through the front door. Make sure to have a mat outside the front door, and inside as well, to brush your feet on before entering. Remove shoes upon entering your home, to avoid tracking all the bacteria from food spills, animal waste, and other germy things you've walked through in the course of the day outside your home.
5. Pet areas: your pets are a great source of love and companionship. They are also a source of bacteria and allergens. Make sure to sweep floors in your home frequently if you have a pet that sheds. Keep feeding areas wiped clean, and disinfect them weekly. Keep pet food dishes washed clean and wiped dry frequently, as well.
Check these areas out in your own home, and if you have more cleaning tips, send them to MamaSteph@kltv.com.
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