Did You Know This About Germs?
When you read the headline, you will probably think that the toilet seat is the dirtiest thing you come into contact with on a daily basis – but that’s not the case.You’ll be surprise when you find out something else and where can germs be found within your house.
Everyday items like in your kitchen, your car and other areas of your home, can contain several thousand times more germs than the humble latrine.
Are you aware that over 65% of colds, 50% of all cases of diarrhea and up to 80% of food-borne illnesses are caught in the comfort of your home?
These are the most infested things in your home that you should clean more often:
Dish Clothes And Sponges
A study showed that scientists discovered there are million bacteria per square inch living on an average dish cloth and 10 million on a kitchen sponge.It makes them 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat!
Experts have linked germs found on sponges, cloths and chopping boards with a bacteria which can cause paralysis.
Also,the kitchen sink contains 100.000 times more germs than the bathroom.
Scientists says that the toilet seat is one of the cleanest things you’ll run across in terms of micro-organisms.
What To Do?
To avoid harboring bacteria, wash your sponges, kitchen towels and cloths every other day on a high heat. You can also put sponges in the microwave for two minutes to kill the germs. Allow cloths to dry out between uses, as the bugs.
But ,I prefer changing the sponges more often, then to wash them and dry them.I feel safer that way.
Other Kitchen Add-on’s
Sponges and cloths are not the only germy items in your home.Anything that you use,pick up dirt, and hold on microbes.
Another study showed that that almost 50% of vacuum cleaner brushes, contain fecal bacteria and almost 15% were housing E. coli. These brushes, along with mop heads, brooms, dustpans and dusters should all be washed or replaced regularly.
Also, your dishwasher and washing machine can be fruitful ground to raise microbes,therefore you should do monthly deep cleans more often.
The average cutting board has about 200% more fecal bacteria than the average toilet seat, highlighting the importance of practicing hygienic food preparation techniques.
Keep separate boards for meats and vegetables and wash thoroughly with hot soapy water between uses.
If you are choosing between plastic or wood,know that both need regular hygiene practice before any use.
Old, ripped plastic boards are a haven for bacteria.The hard wooden boards showed that are more resistant to groom bacteria.
What About Bathroom Accessories?
Bath towels can be infested as well. Moisture provide and dead skin cells are possible playground for bacteria, which is why towels can are put as high risk infestation.
But, if you share towels, you could end up contaminating other members of your household, from colds and flu to athlete’s foot to serious infection that can be transmitted via bathroom towels.
What To Do?
In order to avoid such situations,wash and replace all your towels at least every three days. And always use a fresh towel.Do not share it with anyone!
Outdoor Welcome Mat
Welcome mats are the first thing the we infest by our shoes,which by the way has picked up all the possible bacteria found on the walking ground. If you enter your home with your shoes,then say goodbye to having a clean home and say hello to bacteria!
They need to be regularly washed or sprayed with natural disinfectant in order to do their job and kill the huge amounts of bacteria.
One study has shown that shoe soles have traces of fecal bacteria. When you wipe your feet vigorously on the welcome mat, that’s where many of them stay. Even worse, if you don’t brush your shoes you’ll be tracking these germs into the home.
Do not to rest your grocery bags or other items on the mat,while you are looking for your keys and most of all ,if you have already done that,do not put the bags on your kitchen desk.Take the groceries out of the bags and then sort them into your fridge. Be aware what you do!
Beauty In Danger?
In another research was found out that almost 70% of the women do not wash brushes,handbags or sponges,where they collect dirt and bacteria which cause facial outbreaks.
In addition, many of them store them in the bathroom, which isn’t a good idea at all. It is crucial that you wash make-up brushes and sponges at least once a week.For example,baking soda is a good brush cleanser.Try it!
What About Toothbrushes?
Bacteria, fungi and viruses such as staphilococcy and herpes simplex, can survive for months on your toothbrush, scientists says.
There can be found more than 100 million bacteria living in a single brush,which can lead to oral health issues.
Things To Do
You should leave your toothbrush to dry out,before another use. You can clean it with a few drops of essential oil or replace it every three months, or more often if you get ill.
And most of all,keep it out from your toilet! Bacteria are sprayed up to 25-30 cm above the rim when you flush with the seat up!
Alight switch can hold as much bacteria as a trash can.Wiping down of switches, particularly in the bathroom and kitchen, once a week should keep the germs in check. Also do the regular cleaning to all of the switches in your home.
Remote controls are used by every member of the household. They are rarely, if ever, cleaned! All those bacteria-infested fingers transfer a multitude of microbes with every touch, which then safely shelter and breed between the buttons. Remote controls harbor more germs than any other common item in your household.
Wipe them at least once a week!
You should also pay attention of cleaning your coffee machine, laptop, tablet, phone, earbuds,.headphones,your car, your exercise equipment and most of all-YOUR HANDS!
Keep yourself and your precious home harmful germ free!