Bacteria and viruses can be found in almost everything, which is why you should always find a way to keep your home germ-free. Microorganisms cause illness, especially during cold and flu season. If you live in a household with more than two persons, chances are, you’ll be sharing items, washroom, and all other home items. Consequently, you need to come up with a way that protects your house from microorganisms. Follow these easy tips to help prevent germs and infectious diseases from spreading in your house.
Put the Grocery Bags on The Floor
Grocery bags can carry a lot of microorganisms, and since germs can live on a surface for several hours, don’t place the shopping bags on top of your kitchen table unless you plan on disinfecting the area immediately. Place the bags on the floor, the same goes for just delivered packages. After offloading the items, you should dispose of the bags then sanitize your hands and the area you had placed them.
What’s more, you should always ensure you keep your kitchen table clean, considering it’s a high germ contact area. This applies to the dining-room table too.
Take Off Your Dirty Closes and Shoes
Immediately you get home, take off your shoes and clothes and quarantine them in their own designated area. These two are potential germ carriers that could contaminate your other clothes if placed together. You can decide to wash them right away or later. Either way, don’t sit around the house wearing the same clothes you had worn outside.
Wash Your Hands with Running Water
Make it a routine to always wash your hands with soap and running water when you get home. Even before you unpack anything, wash your hands to avoid transferring germs to other surfaces in the house. In case you contaminate the cabinet handles or fridge door, disinfect those surfaces immediately with bleach or alcohol-based cleaner. Note that you don’t have to use hand sanitizer while inside the house because you’ll need it when you go out. Plus, soap and water are more effective for getting rid of germs.”
Keep the Toilet Clean
Toilets harbor microorganisms very easily and should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week. Always put down the lid of your toilet seat before flushing to prevent bacteria and germs contaminated water from landing on other areas of the bathroom. Remember, these germs can survive for several hours, thus you risk infecting the entire house if you step on them and walk around the house. Use disinfector when cleaning the toilet floor and wear protective gloves. You should try and wear sandals to the bathroom unless you’re sure that it’s very clean.
Separate Cutting Board
Some raw meat contains dangerous bacteria called salmonella. These bacteria can remain on surfaces for a long time but, it’s eliminated through cooking. It’s very important to have separate cutting boards, one for raw meat, and the other one you can use for other items. Microorganisms can survive in ting cracks hence, always wash your cutting board thoroughly. Plus, you should always replace it whenever the cracks begin to deepen.
Avoid Creating A Breeding Ground for Bacteria
Microorganisms can easily multiply if allowed. These are dangerous pathogens that shouldn’t be found anywhere near your home. After cleaning your home surfaces, avoid leaving them to air dry since you’re giving bacteria a perfect environment to thrive. Use a dry, clean cloth to wipe the areas you’ve already cleaned so as to soak up any water left behind. Also, when cleaning your kitchen, it’s recommended you use cold or hot water (not warm). Additionally, instead of using a piece of cloth for wiping the counters and door handles, you can buy a bacterium trapping fiber. Remember to replace your kitchen sponge regularly and always keep the sink clean- it’s a hotspot for bacteria.
Ventilation Is Important
Let fresh air in even when it’s cold outside to prevent the build-up of moisture which promotes the growth of microorganisms. Similarly, clean your curtains and ceiling fans. It’s very important to vacuum and wash your curtain and dust off your ceiling fan because these two traps a lot of germs. Open your windows for an hour every day to ensure fresh air is circulating in all the rooms. Finally, avoid relying on chemicals as a way of protecting your home from microorganisms. Some people believe spraying chemicals will eliminate 99.9% of the germs, which isn’t the case because chemical sprays only kill a handful of different microorganisms, plus it needs long contact. To keep bacteria and viruses away from your home, always keep everything in your house clean and disinfected.
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