Your home is your sanctuary, a place where you can truly relax and be yourself after a difficult day. As such, many people take great care to ensure that their space is as inviting as possible. They achieve this by keeping it clean and tidy. Even the most hygienic of people, however, may not realise that there are certain places in the home that tend to accumulate large colonies of germs. The following five areas usually need a little more attention.
Over the course of your life you will spend, on average, at least one third of your time in bed. This adds up to a lot of hours and makes your bed prone to germ infestations. Most people follow the routine or advice of their families when it comes to the frequency with which they change their bedsheets, but actually, it is important that this simple task is carried out on a weekly basis. It is also necessary to wash sheets in warm water.
It’s not all about the bedclothes, though. It is important that you take the time to set up your bedding to protect your mattress. Investing in a mattress bag or good-quality waterproof sheets will help to protect your mattress from dust mites and other such creatures.
For something that you put in your mouth every day, it is amazing how little thought people give to keeping their toothbrushes clean and free of germs. Remember, your mouth contains thousands of germs and storing your toothbrush in the warm, damp conditions of your bathroom merely improves the breeding conditions.
A good first step is to buy a toothbrush with a plastic cover and keep it covered when not in use. This will protect it from airborne germs, especially those originating from the toilet (keep the lid closed when flushing). Additionally, there are new toothbrush sanitisers on the market that you could buy, or you can zap your toothbrush in the microwave for a few seconds to kill the germs.
Many people do not think too much about germs in the washing machine. This is because washing machines are self-cleaning, right? Not exactly. Though hot washes do destroy germs, many people have started to use cold water to wash their clothes. Unfortunately, the soap alone will not kill the viruses and germs that your clothes carry. Eliminate this threat by always washing in hot water.
Most people wash their kitchen sink after doing the dishes, but unless you are using bleach or disinfectant, you are not getting rid of all the germs transferred there from your dishes. Your sink can be a breeding ground for bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella, which can spread to food or work surfaces. Make sure you clean your sink daily, letting your chosen cleaning product swirl down the drain for safety.
Keyboards are breeding grounds for germs and often they are the last thing people think about cleaning. They harbour cold germs, diarrhoea-causing bacteria and thousands of other germs that are transferred from your hands and fingers. Disinfect your keyboard once a week and hygiene at home will improve enormously.
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