Upon discovering where most germs breed in your home, the discovery may surprise you. Germs tend to live in the most unexpected spots you won’t even suspect dirty. See below list of the most common germs found in homes.
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is an antibiotic-resistant infection that’s hard to treat.
- E. coli 0157, a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacteria, can cause very severe intestinal diseases.
- Norovirus, also referred to as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common cause of gastroenteritis.
- C. diff (Clostridium difficile) can cause diarrhea. At worst, it can lead to ulcer and bleeding in the colon, and death.
If cleaning and disinfecting practices are focused on the most common breeding ground for germs in your home, you can prevent germs from spreading. With that, here are the germ hotspots you need to prioritize and be wary of:
According to a 2008 study, kitchens surprisingly have more germs than bathrooms. The kitchen sink alone contains 100,000 times more germs than your bathroom. Most often, the germs found in kitchen sinks are brought about by organisms coming from fruits, vegetables, food spills, raw meat and poultry products, and the like.
To banish the bacteria, clean your sink and the drain plug with a solution of bleach and water at least once per day. After handling raw meat and poultry, make sure to clean your sink with hot soapy water to prevent contamination.
Thousands of bacteria, E. coli, and salmonella included, can be lurking in your used sponge. Because of its moist nature and minute crevices, it is a favorite spot for germs to breed in. According to microbiologist from New York University School of Medicine, the sponge is the top source of harmful germs in the home.
To kill all the nasty bacteria lurking in your kitchen sponge and prevent cross contamination, washaway all food residue then throw it in a bleach solution, then rinse well. You must also keep your kitchen sponge dry when not in use.
Your chopping board is another germ hotspot found in the kitchen. According to a research commissioned by the Global Hygiene Council, cutting boards havearound 200% more fecal bacteria on it than a toilet seat. Chopping boards are at high risks of contamination from raw meat, poultry, and raw and root vegetables.
To help prevent the spread of bacteria, you must regularly disinfect your cutting boards by using disinfectants like antibacterial surface wipes which eliminate 99.9 percent of bacteria as compared to washing with soap and water alone.
Unwashed carpets and other floor coverings can be breeding grounds for asthma and eczema bugs, E. coli, salmonella, allergens, and other harmful bacteria. Failure to wash carpets and floor coverings on a regular basis often leads to a buildupof dust mite feces, germs, food debris, pet fur and dander, and other nasty bacteria.
Make sure that your carpet doesn’t only look clean; it must be thoroughly clean. To remove dust, germs, and allergens in carpets, washing with an advanced cleaner is advised. The use of a steam cleaner can also be as effective.
The remote control is one of the things in your home that is most frequently held by different people. More than that, it’s also often dropped on the floor, coughed on, sneezed at, and stuffed between cushions. Among the different household surfaces, the remote control’s surface carries the most germs and cold viruses.
Apart from washing your hands with soap before and after handling the remote control, you must also clean the remote control with a disinfectant wipe. You can also use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to disinfect your TV remote.
In maintaining the cleanliness of your home, don’t neglect the above germ hotspots. Exert extra effort in cleaning and disinfecting them the way you would pay attention to fighting the germs in your bathroom. Fight germs before they spread!