There are many areas in your home that harbor microorganisms because they provide an ideal place for bacteria to grow. Among the menacing germs that frequent your home include those that cause common illnesses like colds, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and even fever. What’s even alarming is the fact that these germs can lurk in even the most unexpected places. Listed below are among the most common things and areas in your home where microorganisms can grow in abundance:
1. The kitchen sink and other kitchen essentials. Your very own sink can be considered as a dreamland for microorganisms because moisture and water can be found everywhere. Good hiding places of germs include sink drains, counters, dish towels and sponges.
What you can do about it: Make it a habit of switching dish towels at the end of the day. If you keep on using the same moist towel when wiping tables and spills, you are spreading microorganisms in the other areas in your home. Use paper towels instead because they are designed for single use only. You may also put your sponges in the dishwasher or you may soak them in a solution of one part bleach to ten parts water. Use the same solution when cleaning your sink and drain or you may use a commercially available cleaning agent. Make sure that you regularly replace sponges at least once a month so that you can prevent germs from multiplying. Before using a sponge, wash it first with hot water and soap. It’s also important that you clean your faucet, paying close attention to the knob.
2. Door knobs, cabinet handles and switches. The frequent areas where we spread germs are door knobs, cabinet handles, and light switches. After using the toilet, we switch off the lights, and open the door. When in the kitchen, we frequently open our cupboards after handling things that are possibly contaminated. But despite their frequent use, these things are rarely cleaned.
What you can do about it: Disinfect door knobs, handles and light switches at least once a week using disinfecting wipes. Avoid using just one wipe in all areas of your home so that you can effectively stop the spread of germs.
3. The TV Remote Control. The TV remote control is frequently used in your home, but it is oftentimes neglected. Aside from always being passed around, it also usually ends up in the most unusual places. To add to that, it is also the most common recipient of the germs that we expel from sneezing or coughing.
What you can do about it: Just like knobs and handles, you need to clean your remote control on a weekly basis. A disinfectant wipe or an alcohol wipe will do its job of killing pesky germs such as those that cause common colds.
4. The Bathtub. A soak in the tub is surely a relaxing way to end a tiring day. But would you still feel like using it if you knew that it is considered as one of the dirtiest place in your home? A study even showed that an improperly sanitized tub harbored more bacteria specifically staphylococcus than the sample taken out from selected trash bins.
What you can do about it: After bathing, disinfect your tub with bathroom cleaner or disinfectant spray. It’s also crucial that you keep the tub dry after cleaning. If you leave it wet, your efforts of disinfecting it will only go wasted. If you have a whirlpool tub, you need to have your pipes cleaned regularly.
5. Your refrigerator. Your fridge can do a good job in storing and preserving food, but it will not be able to kill harmful bacteria. Unwashed vegetables, spoiled food and leaks are among the most common culprits causing the spread of microorganisms inside the fridge.
What you can do about it: Keep your fridge clean by regularly cleaning and throwing out spoiled food. It’s easy to forget about leftovers and other food items if your refrigerator is so cluttered. Keep a list and attach it on the door of your fridge so that you will keep track of food items that need to be thrown out.
Aside from keeping your home clean, a simple but effective way of stopping the spread of microorganisms is by proper hand washing. By just getting everyone in your home to wash their hands before and after certain activities, they are not only stopping the spread of germs, but they are also protecting themselves from contracting harmful bacteria.