When you have kids at home, it’s imperative to keep your place squeaky clean. Bacteria and germs sit in plain sight, including in places where little hands can easily reach and touch. Although most germs aren’t harmful, there are some that can potentially cause serious health problems. Unfortunately, these microscopic villains aren’t visible to the naked eye, and some of the most unsuspecting items and places at home are where they almost always linger.
Your mouth is actually home to hundreds of microorganisms, and a lot of them transfers to your toothbrush every time you use it. This shouldn’t be a problem, since you rinse it after every use. However, you most probably store it away damp, and damp environment is where most bacteria thrive. To keep it clean, allow your toothbrush to air-dry first and make sure to replace it every three to four months.
- Pet Bowls
Pets bring liveliness to a home, but they can also bring health-threatening bacteria. In a study, pet bowls ranked fourth in the list of germiest things at home. Some of the items that were checked were even said to have E. coli.
Inhibit germs by washing your pet bowls with soap and water after every use, making sure that there’s no food residue left behind. It would be much better if you can soak pet bowls in bleach and water solution at least once a week.
- Remote Control
Imagine you are so sick in bed, clutching the TV remote control, or perhaps you just came home from work and the first thing you do is flick on the TV. Well, you just touched one of the dirtiest things lying on your living room.
Your remote control is one of the most touched things at home, so there’s no surprise it’s one of the germiest items, too. Thankfully, cleaning the remote control takes no time. Simply wipe it with anti-septic wet wipes or with clean cloth and alcohol.
- Handles, Light Switches and Door Knobs
Again, the most touched things are expectedly the germiest. Other than those already mentioned, refrigerator, stove knobs and microwave handles are also in the list. In fact, stove knobs rank the highest among the given examples.
Get rid of germs by wiping them clean with alcohol or bleach at least once a week. In addition, washing your hands regularly is still the best protection from germs.
Good hygiene plays an important role in keeping your home clean and free from harmful germs and bacteria. In addition to regular cleaning, teach your kids good hygiene practices. As simple as properly washing your hands can save you from serious and possibly infectious diseases.