Germs are like invisible invaders that can make a home in unexpected places, and some of them are far dirtier than the average toilet seat. You may have already encountered these germ hotspots today, and it’s time to take action. In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, maintaining a clean and healthy home is more crucial than ever.
According to Mary Gagliardi, a cleaning expert and senior scientist at Clorox, the first line of defense is proper handwashing. However, have you ever considered what happens after you wash your hands? Surprisingly, one of the culprits might be hanging right next to your sink – your hand towel. Gagliardi suggests swapping frequently used towels for clean ones daily and washing them with a disinfectant like bleach.
Moving beyond hand towels, let’s explore some other surprising germ hideouts in your home:
The Cutting Board
Your average cutting board can host 200 times more fecal bacteria than a toilet seat, thanks to raw meat. To combat this, plastic cutting boards are easier to sterilize, and cleaning can be done through the sanitize cycle in your dishwasher or a solution of bleach and water.
Your Pet’s Food Bowl
Believe it or not, your furry friend’s kibble dish might be one of the dirtiest surfaces in your home. To keep your pets healthy, wash their food bowls after every meal with hot water and soap.
Even your freshly laundered clothes may carry a load of bacteria. Underwear, in particular, can transfer at least 100 million E. coli bacteria to the washing machine. The CDC recommends regular disinfection of your washing machine and hampers to prevent bacterial contamination.
Smartphone or Tablet
Your trusty electronic devices, like your phone or tablet, can be ten times dirtier than a toilet seat. Make it a habit to clean your screens with screen wipes or a damp cloth regularly.
Did you know that about 200,000 bacteria live in each square inch of your carpet? Regular vacuuming may not be enough. Consider hiring professionals for deep steam-cleaning at least once a year and use machine-washable area rugs that you can sanitize regularly.
In the battle against germs, knowledge is power. By identifying these unexpected breeding grounds and adopting proper cleaning practices, you can create a healthier and safer environment for you and your family. So, next time you reach for that hand towel or chop some veggies, remember that keeping your home germ-free is a step towards a healthier and stress-free life.
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