The general consensus is that the toilet is the dirtiest place in the house. But microbiologists argue that the bathroom is not among the germiest places in your home. Are you safe from germs in your own home? Here are some of the hot spots you might want to look out for.
1. The Computer
Think about the last time you disinfected your computer keyboard? Has it been awhile? According to research, there are more than five times more bacteria on a keyboard than there is around the toilet seat.
2. The Kitchen Sink
The kitchen sink, especially when there is a garbage disposal, collect bacteria and food particles. If not cleaned regularly, the kitchen sink can end up being one of the germiest places in your home.
3. The Television Remote
With so many hands touching this highly coveted piece of technology, it just makes sense that viruses could easily be left on the television remote. The quickest way to spread a cold throughout the house is to leave the remote unattended from disinfectant.
4. Your Cell Phone
The cell phone is one of the most highly used devices in the home. It is also the item that never gets cleaned. If many people are using the phone, germs can be passed between housemates and family members. To prevent the spread of germs, get into a regular habit of wiping down the phone with an antibacterial wipe.
5. Kitchen Sponge
If it’s not mildew free or relatively new, the kitchen sponge can contain thousands of germs. To avoid spreading bacteria and viruses throughout the house, avoid cleaning with this germy culprit. Look for sponges that are mildew free and keep new ones available for use.
6. The Carpet
Carpets and rugs are hotspots for germs and dust mites. There are thousands of organisms living in the rugs, which make it an important piece of the home that should be properly cleaned. Steam cleaning with hot soapy water designed for carpet should be done every few months.
7. A Cutting Board
Cutting boards made of wood or plastic are residences of germs and bacteria. Experts argue that it could be safer to prepare a salad on your toilet seat than to use a cutting board that was recently used to cut a steak. Be sure to disinfect the board after using with hot water and antibacterial soap.
Now that you know where the hotspots are, you can start disinfecting. By keeping your home free from germs, you will help eliminate the spread of viruses, colds and bacteria. Use common sense and keep the disinfectant wipes on hand, especially during the cold and flu season.
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