When you walk around outside, it is easy to spot dirty areas like community trash bins, dirty sidewalks, and rusty old vehicles, just to name a few. You may feel cleaner and safer from germ by staying indoors. However, walking into your house does not guarantee that you and your family are free from germs.
You may not know it, but there are many areas inside the house that are far dirtier than you would realize. These areas, if not cleaned regularly, may generate germs and other microorganisms that can pass diseases onto you when you come into contact with them. It is best then to clean these areas regularly, so here are some high-germ areas to be extra aware of…
- Toilet – It is no wonder that the toilet bowl is one of the dirtiest places in your home, and though you may flush it after every use, germs still collect, especially around the bowl and under the toilet seat. To prevent excessive buildup, clean your toilet regularly with a reliable liquid toilet bowl cleaner. Spread the liquid cleaner around your toilet, being sure to reach the narrowest sides of bowl and under your toilet seat, and let it stand for several minutes. Then, scrub it clean and spray it with a disinfectant.
- Bathtub – You might think twice in going inside your bath tub after knowing that it is in the list but there is still hope. The tub is considered dirty because the germs that goes out of your body when you take a bath, stays in the bath. But, you can rid of the germs in this area. First, rinse the entire tub with your shower so any visible residue will go down the pipe. Using a bathroom cleaner, spray the tub generously and let it stay for several minutes. Use hand gloves and start scrubbing with a sponge or a scrub brush. Do not forget to clean the bottom.
- Sink –No matter where they may belong, all sinks in your home are dirty, especially in the kitchen. Your kitchen sink is where you clean foot off your plates, and that results in a breeding ground of germs. If you sink is not cleaned thoroughly and regularly, those germs spread to your hands, which then touch a million other things, spreading the germs to them as well. To stop the fast and easy invasion of bacteria, clean your sink using a bleach solution. Let the cleaner go down into the drain too, so it can kill the germs that live further down. After the cleaner sets, scrub the sink with a clean sponge and warm water.
- Wet Laundry – Anything moist can lead to mold and bacteria formation, and that includes your laundry. A quick remedy is to not let wet clothes stay in your hamper for several days and to remember to transfer clothes from the washer to the dryer immediately after a cycle completes.
- Kitchen and Bathroom Floors – These are high-traffic areas and, if possible, it is a good idea to mop them every day with a floor cleaner and warm water.
- Pet Food Dishes – Clean them often as you would clean a used plate. They reside on the floor, which means they are not only exposed to bacteria already residing in your house, but also to everything that is on the bottom of your shoes as you walk by.
- Telephone – As we talk more on the phone, more germs build up. Wipe your phone with alcohol at the end of each day to avoid having it become a breeding ground for germs.
- Doorknobs and Handles – These are the first things we touch when we come inside, so anything that we touched while we were outside is going to be on them.