House Cleaning For Germs Starts Today
House cleaning for germs, health and wellness starts with a knowing: what are germs, where are they and let’s do our best to deter from germs in our everyday lives – without being a germophobic freak.
Germs are carried through microbes, pathogens and viruses across the countries. And these bugs are in our homes, in the office place, at the gyms, in schools, where we shop, on vacation, literally everywhere. Start your house cleaning for germs and begin a healthy, wellness journey today!
House Cleaning And Wellness Tip 1 The Kitchen And Sink
Wellness and house cleaning is everywhere including the kitchen sink. More than 500,000 bacteria per square inch are in the drain. Sponges you use to clean the counters are crawling with bacteria.
- Clean your kitchen counters and sink with an antibacterial product after preparing or rinsing food, raw fruits and vegetables can carry pathogens like salmonella, campylobacter, and E. coli.
- Sanitize sponges by running them through the dishwasher’s drying cycle. This kills 99.9 percent of the bacteria on the sponges.
- For the sink, clean it twice a week with a solution of one tablespoon of eco-friendly bleach and one quart of water. Scrub the basin, then pour the solution down the drain.
House Cleaning And Wellness Tip 2 Airplane Bathrooms
Wellness and more house cleaning is in the the air. Airplanes (with only about one toilet for every 50 people) are the worst. There are often traces of E. coli or fecal bacteria on the faucets and door handles. The worst part, the volcanic flush spews particles into the air, the floor and the walls.
- Use the paper cover when available. After using the toilet, wash and dry your hands thoroughly, and use a paper towel to handle the toilet seat, lid, taps, and doorknob. Super easy house cleaning tip: lid down before you flush.
- If there’s no lid, turn your back to the toilet while flushing and make a quick exit.
House Cleaning And Wellness Tip 3 Cleaning Your Clothes
Wash your way to house cleaning and wellness. One soiled undergarment can spread bacteria to the entire load and the machine.
- Run your washer and dryer at 150 degrees.
- Wash whites with bleach (not the color-safe type; it doesn’t pack the same punch, look for non toxic bleach), which kills 99.99 percent of bugs.
- Transfer wet laundry to the dryer quickly so germs don’t multiply, wash underwear separately (there’s about a gram of feces—a quarter the size of a small peanut—in every pair of dirty underwear).
- Dry for at least 45 minutes. Wash your hands after laundering, and run a cycle of eco-friendly bleach and water between loads to eliminate any lingering bugs.
House Cleaning And Wellness Tip 4 The Kids
Learn how to house cleaning and wellness for children at school. Drinking fountains carry germs! School fountains have 62,000 to 2.7 million bacteria per square inch per spigot.
- Other school hot spots: cafeteria-trays sink handles, desktops, and computer keyboards.
- Teach hand washing especially before and after lunch, going to the bathroom, or using the computer.
- Send your kids to school with plenty of beverages and hand wipes.
House Cleaning And Wellness Tip 5 The Shower And Tub
You’re washing germs and viruses off your body. It is also important to clean and disinfect the tub and the shower properly to prevent Staphylococcus bacteria, a common cause of serious skin infections. Tubs carry more than 100,000 bacteria per square inch.
- Once a week, apply a disinfecting cleaner to the tub, actually scrub, then wash the germs down the drain with water and dry the tub with a clean towel. Leaving a wet tub, bacteria and germs are more likely to survive.
- Pay special attention to the soap scum—a surprisingly germ-friendly environment.
- If someone who uses the tub has a skin infection or a pet decides to occupy, scrub it afterward with a solution of two tablespoons green or eco-friendly bleach in one quart of water.
Most house cleaning and wellness tips for eliminating contact with germs is common sense. A little precaution can spread less germs. It’s good idea to carry hand wipes. You will find them handy and useful for a variety of reasons while out and about.
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