Many people think that the trashcan is the dirtiest place in a home. It turns out that truth is even dirtier than that. Bacteria lives on practically all surfaces, but certain household objects and places are bigger culprits than others. Here is a list of the biggest offenders and how you can make them sparkle in the future.
It brings you water on a hot day, so it can’t be the dirtiest place in your kitchen…right? Wrong! The dirtiest place in nearly every kitchen is the sink. When you think about it, it makes sense. The kitchen sink is the repository for all food waste, raw meat, dirty dishes, and anything else that finds its way into the kitchen. It can be a breeding ground for bacteria, specially E. coli and salmonella. To make sure your kitchen sink doesn’t add any unexpected ingredients to your next culinary masterpiece, clean your sink daily with a solution of one part bleach to four parts water and pretty soon it’ll be so clean you can eat off of it, but you still shouldn’t!
How often do you use your toothbrush? Most people would answer twice a day. Now, how often do you change your toothbrush? On average, Americans change their toothbrushes once or twice a year instead of the recommended amount of time, every three months. That means on average, you use that same toothbrush over 300 times without a reprieve. It’s any wonder it isn’t a large cause of common illness…wait a minute, it probably is. Bacteria loves moist places, like a toothbrush. To remedy this situation, allow your toothbrush to air dry daily and change it every three months. Set a reminder in your calendar to help you remember. Your sinuses will thank you later.
Regardless of what you call it (clicker, remote, TV changer, etc.), the remote control in your house is probably crawling with bacteria, especially if you have children. The remote falls on the floor, behind the couch, people come for a visit and touch it. The remote gets a lot of traffic and therefore needs a lot of daily cleaning. Take the time to wipe it with an alcohol wipe at the end of each day, especially on and around the buttons. Also, be sure wash your hands regularly. This is crucial for helping to prevent the spread of disease.
The bathroom is quickly becoming a new home for your electronic devices. You’d be lying if you said you’ve never taken your phone, tablet, or computer (as long as it’s a notebook computer) into the bathroom with you. In addition to this, these devices are taken to many other places, such as coffee shops, libraries, and stores. Unless you clean these babies hourly, they probably have bacteria crawling all over them. Just like your TV remote, clean these guys on a daily basis with an alcohol wipe. However, before you proceed with your cleaning ritual, test your cleaning products to make sure they won’t damage your devices. There are several cleaning products made just for electronics so they should keep your products clean and in working condition.
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