The subways, streets, schools, and public facilities are all common places that you probably watch out for to avoid getting sick…but do you know that your home may be an even bigger breeding ground for germs? Here is a list of the 5 most common places to find nasty germs in your home, along with tips on how to evict these pesky bunkmates.
1) The Kitchen Sink
Normally when people think about household germs they think of the toilet. The truth is your kitchen is probably dirtier! Sponges and dishrags are common hosts for bacteria. The damp environment and scraps of microscopic food allow germs like E. coli, Salmonella, Pseudomonas, and Staphylococcus to thrive. Drains and sink bowls are also common germ spots.
Many people overlook their sink and fail to sanitize it properly. Running water and a quick wipe down doesn’t cut it. So next time you are thinking about having a family dinner you might consider either moving it to the bathroom…or cleaning your kitchen with the following techniques.
How to Clean It
Use dish-detergent to rub down your sink and eliminate the remnants of food and other microbial materials. Then rinse the sink with diluted bleach and water for about 10 minutes to get rid of the adamant clingers. Do this about once a week to keep your sink sanitized. Household cleaners with bleach can be used in order to clean up your kitchen. Chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, white distilled vinegar and baking soda are also common household items that will get the job done.
2) TV Remotes and Controllers
When you’re sick, we know what you do…plop down on the couch and watch TV. And what do you hold? The remote. TV remotes are dropped on the floor, coughed on, sneezed on, and touched by everybody in the house. It is a common breeding-ground for germs and is seldom cleaned.
How to Clean It
Use alcohol or sanitizing wipes. Maintain a clean remote with good hand-washing habits and a weekly wipe down.
3) Your Toothbrush
A toothbrush is a perfect spot for germs to hide! It’s damp, placed into your mouth twice a day and located in the bathroom. When you use your toothbrush you set it back down damp. This gives germs from the sink, bathtub and toilet the