A clean and disinfected house is the prime criterion to keep your family healthy. New research found that 27% of homeowners only bother cleaning those difficult zones which involve moving chairs and furniture once a year.
Harmful bacteria, yeasts and moulds were all found hiding in these neglected areas. It bad for respiratory illnesses, like asthma, but some of the bacteria found could potentially lead to a string of unwanted side-effects, from skin infections to pneumonia.
10 Common Germ-infested Hot Spots In Our Home
When you touch a doorknob, you touch the hand of everyone who was there before you. Wash your hands after touching a public doorknob, and regularly clean your own doorknobs with a nontoxic all-purpose cleaner diluted in hot water.
Your vacuum sucks in all kinds of bacteria and food, creating an atmosphere for growth. Each time you use the appliance you could be spreading that bacteria around the house.
Drapes & Curtains
They are best place for germs and dirt to hide and not be seen. I recommend taking window treatments down at least twice a year. If the fabric is washable, toss it in the washing machine. Before throwing in the dryer, make sure the fabric won’t shrink in the process. Choose to air dry instead and iron or steam out any wrinkles before re-hanging.
When you wipe down a dish or counter, you’re simply transferring bacteria from one place to another. Wash sponges and rags with soap and hot water between uses or replace these items often; wash your hands after touching sponges. Zapping a wet sponge in the microwave for four minutes will kill most disease-causing germs.
What’s resting on your pillow besides your head? Dust mites: the most common cause of non-seasonal allergies and asthma. Dust mites feed on flakes of human skin, which can be found deep within your pillows. To lessen their effect, use zippered, dust proof pillow covers and wash them frequently.
Kitchen is a very germ-filled place, and the dish towel you use may not be as clean as you think. Similar to sponges, dish towels should be swapped out or sanitized every one-two days. Run them through the hot water cycle in your washing machine with bleach to kill germs.
Everyone in the house probably handles the remote to your TV. It’s been coughed and sneezed on, dropped on the floor and had food spilled on it. A weekly wiping with antibiotics clothes will make it bit more sanitary and clean.
Bacteria and germs breed on vinyl, cloth and other curtains, and the constant influx of hot water doesn’t help. Spray down vinyl curtains regularly with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm water; wash cloth curtains according to label instructions at least once a month.
Paper currency has a way of getting around, from germ-filled hand to germ-filled hand. It picks up germs, viruses and often trace amounts of illegal drugs, and all of that ends up in your wallet. Flu virus strains can be potent on bank notes for 10 to 17 days. Because wallet is close to body temperature — an ideal temperature for bacteria to breed.
More than 84 percent of beds in U.S. homes host dust mites. These microscopic critters live in your sheets and feed on your dead skin, and their fecal matter and corpses contribute to asthma and allergies.