It is said that cleanliness is next to godliness, and we all like to think of ourselves as being fairly hygienic. We try to keep our houses clean, do regular washing, dusting, wiping and polishing. It may, however, not be enough to keep those annoying germs at bay. These germs hide in some surprising places that we would never think of cleaning. Some of these are listed below.
The washing sponge is a terrible germ magnet. It contains a huge number of bacteria, sometimes even more than your toilet bowl. Surprised? No need to worry. If you have a microwave, you can zap those pesky guys in one minute on high. Just do this once or twice a day and those germs will not stand a chance.
This is the dirtiest place in your kitchen believe it or not! Dirty dishes left for a while in a damp state create a conducive atmosphere for bacterial growth. Don’t let dirty dishes accumulate and if you have no time to wash them, then rinse them with a bleach solution to kill these bacteria. The same goes for your dishwasher. Use a mild bleach solution to clean it as well as the gasket periodically to eliminate bacteria.
Do you store your toothbrush in an open area in the bathroom? You need to disinfect it fast! It has been found that with every flush of the toilet, droplets may fly to a distance of at least 20 feet. If your toothbrush is within this range, it may contain faecal matter. You can soak it in mouthwash to kill these bacteria the same way the mouth wash works on bacteria in your mouth. The first step, however, is to get it out of your bathroom or into a closed cabinet.
It is a bacteria haven. They sometimes even contain faecal matter. These boards are contaminated by bacteria in meats and even some pathogens in fruits. The first rule of the cutting board is to use separate ones for meat, poultry and vegetables. Also, use plastic for meats and wooden boards for fruits and vegetables. Thoroughly scrubbing, disinfecting and drying completely will protect you from these germs.
Soap scum on the shower curtain actually contains large amounts of bacteria. Also, the high force at which water leaves the showerhead causes germs to fly onto the shower curtain. If possible, use a fabric shower curtain and wash it with hot water in the washer once a month.
If you need a hand, you can discover how to wash shower curtains in this great guide from Readers Digest.
Toilet Paper Dispenser
This is a major culprit outdoing even the toilet seat in the race for the most bacteria. We reach for the toilet paper, do our first wipe, and then reach for more with our germy hands. The fact that we never clean it may account for the fact that it has been found to have 150 times more bacteria than the toilet seat! Make it a priority.
Your Cell Phone
This is another device that contains more bacteria than your toilet seat. You handle it most of the day but have you ever cleaned it? It is said to be 18 times dirtier than a public toilet. It actually does not make sense to wash your hands after visiting the toilet and then use your cell phone before handling food. Clean that thing before it makes you sick!
Cleaning your cell phone isn’t always easy, but mashables have put together a great article on how.
These have been found to contain very high levels of bacteria. This can be transferred from hands especially if you do not wash them properly after visiting the toilet. It, therefore, follows that the taps in your bathroom also contain a high level of bacteria. This is, however, more expected and therefore we may already be in the habit of cleaning them. Encourage your family members to wash their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom to avoid this transfer. Make it a habit to regularly disinfect your taps.
It almost goes without saying that door mats are really dirty and contain a lot of germs. All the germs carried from outside the house including public toilets find a home on your door mat. Worse still is the fact that anyone who dusts their shoes on your door mat and steps into the house with them carries these harmful germs into your house.
You definitely need to clean your vacuum cleaner regularly. It is known to contain faecal matter and that infectious bug known as E.coli. These germs are sent into the atmosphere when you are vacuuming.
You may not be aware of it but your bed sheets are really dirty. You sweat, you drool, you shed dead skin and then dust mites and bed bugs add on to this to make your bed sheets filthy. You deserve the best and this definitely is not the best. Wash your sheets at least once every week and more frequently when you are sick.
Towels are almost always damp. This creates an excellent atmosphere for bacterial growth. This goes for kitchen as well as bath towels. Never share towels as this may cause the spread of diseases such as athlete’s foot. Try to wash them at least once in three days. This of course means that you need more than one towel as you may not be able to do the in-between the week washings.
There is a great article on lifehacker on how to use vinegar and baking soda to refresh your towels.
This is another germ-filled device. We all handle it after shaking hands outside the house, visiting the toilet, when eating finger food and even when we sneeze. It is really has a lot of infectious germs. Try cleaning it regularly to avoid the spread of bacteria and colds among members of the household.
All these are some surprising places that harbour a great many germs. At Maid2Match, we are well versed in all these unattended, germ-filled areas. We clean out all these germs with eco-friendly cleaners that clean as well as disinfect the places where they hide. We also ensure the safety of your pets by using pet-friendly products. And we have made things easy for you by enabling online booking to get regular house cleaning cleaning done.