Tips to eliminate household germs this flu season

Tips to eliminate household germs this flu season

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What would you say if we asked you which room in your home is likely to have the most germs? Most of you might think it was the bathroom, which is a reasonable assumption to make… however, a lot of germs actually accumulate in the kitchen.

The most important thing to know is where the germs are coming from and how to keep these germs to a minimum, especially during this manic flu season.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is likely to host more bacteria than any other room in your home.

For example:

The Sink

Various reports online suggest that kitchen sinks are worse than dog bowls and toilet seats when it comes to incubating germs. To banish those nasty germs and keep your kitchen in pristine condition, spray the sink regularly with distilled white vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes. Sanitize drains monthly with a solution of one teaspoon of household bleach and one quarter of water. Use a sponge to wipe up the faucet and handles as they can contain harmful bacteria from raw meat, vegetables and lettuce. Keep some baking soda by the sink and sprinkle it on whenever a stain is starting to set in. Also, regularly pour it down the drain with some warm water to prevent any clogging in the future. 

The Counters and Knobs

After you’re done preparing food, always wash counter tops with hot, soapy water; then rinse with clean water and apply a bleach/water solution or a sanitizing agentThe same goes for cooker knobs, which is said to be one of the top 10 places for germs to hide. Remove the knobs once a week, wash and rinse well, then let them dry before putting them back on.

The Bathroom

Toothbrush holder

Toothbrush holders may look fine to the naked eye, but they can apparently play host to more germs than your toilet seat.  Clean your toothbrush holder regularly and of course, don’t ignore your toothbrush, either. You should rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after each use, storing it upright, and replacing it every 3–4 months. 

Toilet

Sadly you cannot kill all the bacteria in your bathroom easily so you will have to work hard to keep it clean. You will need the following materials to help keep your toilet bowl clean:

  • Plunger
  • Towel
  • Scrub brush
  • Toilet Paper
  • Cleaning Vinegar

Step 1: Use the plunger to clear all the water out of the toilet. Use a towel to soak up any extra so that the bowl is completely empty and dry
Step 2: Pour the cleaning vinegar into the bowl until it covers up the hard water stains.
Step 3: Soak toilet paper in the vinegar and apply it under the rim of the toilet, making sure it sticks to the bowl. Let that all sit overnight.
Step 4: Once the toilet is soaked, remove the toilet paper and use a scrub brush to scrub away the loosened up stains. Flush to finish.
Step 5: Apply another coat of vinegar as necessary, until all of the hard water stains have been scrubbed away. (steps source: Tip Hero)

Bathtub

According to Bob Vila, rinse with clean water and wipe again. For heavier dirt or mild stains, sprinkle the tub with baking soda and spray on a vinegar and water solution. Let the mixture bubble for several minutes, then scrub with a soft cloth or sponge until a paste forms. Let the paste sit for 15 minutes, then wipe and rinse.

The Bedroom

Bedding

Wash your sheets weekly in hot water and dry on high heat. For quilts and blankets, put them in the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat, along with a damp towel. The steam will knock out the dander and dust, and the heat will kill bacteria. The same treatment applies for pillows.

The Living Room

Remote Controls

Germs can hide in your TV remotes or game controllers. You should disinfect these devices with a cotton swab and hydrogen peroxide especially if someone is sick so the germs do not transfer.

Furniture

Wipe leather furniture with a microfiber cloth, which picks up dust and germs without needing any disinfectants. According to Leslie Reichert “the cleaning coach” spray fabric furniture and rugs with vodka; this kills the bacteria and eliminates odors.

Carpets

Welcome mats, rugs and carpeting can collect hard to remove dust, dirt and germs, which can then trigger allergies and asthma. Small area rugs can be laundered or dry-cleaned making them safer than carpets which should be steam-cleaned seasonally to keep fresh all year round.

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