Things That Everyone Must Know About Household Germs

How fast can germs spread? In optimal conditions certain bacteria can divide every 20 minutes. Luckily, your immune system protects against most microorganisms; however some of them, especially viruses, can mutate into things your body doesn’t recognize. Check out these gross facts and learn where germs like to hang out in your home!


Kitchen – Dish towels and sponges are especially problematic because we use them for multiple tasks and they hold moisture really well. To clean, soak your sponges in water-vinegar solution or microwave for 1 minute. Disinfect faucet hardware, refrigerator door handle, cabinet knobs, coffee reservoirs, and pet bowls on a daily basis.


Around the House- Once a week give your doorknobs, cabinet handles and light switches with disinfecting wipes. Remember, don't use the same one for more then a couple of places!


Make up bags- Believe it or not, this is prime real estate for microorganisms. Germs that live in our make- up bags on applicators and brushes can lead to eye and skin infections. Soft soap and warm water is good for cleaning most applicators but use alcohol to disinfect all brushes.


Dirty laundry- If you leave wet laundry in your washing machine unattended even for a short time you are creating a fertile evironment for germs. After the washing cycle, transfer your clean clothes to the dryer immediately. If it is left for more then 30 minutes, run them through the cycle again. If you use a shared facility, make sure to clean the washer drum and any surfaces you use with disinfecting wipes.


Home Office & Electronics- Yuck! An office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Your cellphone, which you are probably using all day every day, has 10 times more germs and bacteria. Items like remote controls, computer keyboards, landline phones, and iPads get touched way more than a toilet and shared by family members and guests. Yet they are cleaned very infrequently. Be sure to use component-specific cleaning supplies (like monitor cleaners) or use electronic safe disinfecting wipes and clean regularly.


Bathroom- We all clean our toilets, showers, and bath tubs. But most of us don’t pay much attention to areas like drains, faucets, the flush handle or floor around the toilet. Remember to include them in your regular cleaning rotation! Clean your toilet brush after each use, as it collects a ton of germs from the bowl. Use hot water and vinegar solution and let it soak for 30 minutes. Don’t forget the cup that holds toilet brush! (Ewww!)


Vacuum Cleaners- At least twice a year, wash hard attachments in soapy water and let them dry. Remove hair and string caught in the hoses, wheels, and brushes. Empty the bag or canister frequently. Washable filters should be cleaned at least every six months.


 So how did these hordes of disgusting germs and bacteria get into your home?


The key to keeping them out? WASH YOUR HANDS PROPERLY.

Experts advise that duration and friction (especially between the fingers)  are both important. You should scrub your hands for 20-30 seconds to remove germs. (The time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.)





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Mold Bacteria (ilustration photo)

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Yeast bacteria ( ilustration photo)

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bacteria e-coli under microscope (ilustration photo)

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