The apparent unclean places in a house, such as spilt food on kitchen surfaces, soap scum in the bathroom, or a pile of dirty clothes, are simple to see. But what about the places that may not seem to be unclean but are truly harmful to your family’s health?
Let’s go room by room around your house and throw some light on hidden filth and germs and how to get rid of it.
The kitchen is one of the busiest and dirtiest areas in most houses. Heat, moisture, and food are all easily accessible components that promote bacterial growth. Add to it the germs from everyone’s purses and bags, and the kitchen is rife with deadly bacteria like E. Coli.
The following are the primary areas of concern in the kitchen:
- Cabinet Knobs
- Kitchen Tools and Small Appliances
Unfortunately, some germs remain in the bathroom after each usage. Pay close attention to light switches, door knobs, and faucet handles to ensure that all forms of coliform bacteria are managed. Keep some disposable disinfectant wipes on hand for quick cleaning on a regular basis.
Bath towels and mats should be cleaned in hot water at least once a week and dried fully. Hand towels should be replaced at least once a week.
Bathroom sinks should be disinfected with disinfectant wipes on a daily basis, and toothbrush holders and cups should be cleaned on a weekly basis.
When cleaning the clearly unclean sections of the bathtub, shower doors, and toilet, take the time to disinfect flat surfaces such as walls near toilets.
Wherever the family meets, whether in the living room, media room, or gaming room, there is concealed filth and germs. Consider how often your home’s remote devices, gaming controllers, laptops, tablets, earphones and head phones, and mobile phones are touched. Is it always the case that they have clean hands?
All of those keypads and controls should be cleaned down regularly with an electronics-safe disinfectant wipe. If you have a cold or a virus, you should wipe your hands after every usage. Don’t forget about the switches on lights, switch plates, and doorknobs.
Upholstery on furniture is another breeding place for germs and allergies. Sneezes, unclean hands, pet dander and hair, and filth from feet and shoes all come into contact with the cloth. Many different species of bacteria may survive on these surfaces for many days.
Upholstered surfaces should be vacuumed at least once a week using a hand-held vacuum or the upholstery attachment of a larger machine. Make a point of cleaning below and between cushions, where food and pet hair may accumulate. Then use a scented or unscented disinfectant spray to refresh and clean.
If someone in your household has a virus or skin rashes, disinfect upholstered surfaces by covering them with sheets or washable coverings that can be replaced and cleaned periodically.