No matter how you clean your house, if don’t get too meticulous with every nook and cranny, germs and dirt would remain lurking around. If you’re grossed by just the thought of it, then probably it is time to look around and see the breeding places of these hideous organisms. And believe me, sometimes, the very thing that you used for cleaning is actually the one spreading bacteria around the house.
With numerous diseases and flu hanging around, make sure that your house is free from all of them. But before you freak out, allow us to help you break down and check the places that you have neglected. Here are some of the dirtiest things in the house and how you can clean them:
• Dish Sponge
Yes, your dish sponge is one of the dirtiest item you have at home. While most people thought of the bathroom as the dirtiest place in the house, on a study conducted in 2011 by the NFS International, it was found out that the kitchen had it worse. There was a great number of bacteria, yeast, and mold in this corner of the house; specifically, there were coliform bacteria (family of Salmonella and E. coli) on more than 75% of the dish sponge and rags that they have tested.
To avoid this, you may place your wet sponge inside the microwave for two minute every day. It is even better to replace dish sponge every two weeks. To save a little more, you may replace sponge with dishcloths, towels, and rags because these can be reused and sanitized by bleach when washing.
The doorknob is the most overlooked item when housecleaning. According to Facility Executive, doorknobs are one of the most germ ridden item in public buildings and at home. So, if you don’t often wash your hands before touching the doorknob, you are actually inviting tons of contagious viruses into your home. So, the next time you go housecleaning, include the doorknob. It won’t cause you a lot of time, but it will save you from viral diseases.
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• Chopping Boards
Reader’s Digest recently cited that the average chopping board has 200 times more fecal matter than your toilet seat. This utensil used every day has been harboring germs which could cause bacterial food poisoning as it is a source of cross-contamination if not washed, stored, and replaced properly. The best way to clean it is by disinfecting using the dishwasher but if it’s not available, you can maximize the use of antibacterial cleanser and spray it on the chopping board. Have it sit for about five minutes before rinsing.
• Handbags & Purse
Yep, your handbags and purse are ten times dirtier than your toilet according to Reader’s Digest. This is because you probably place them anywhere – public restroom, restaurant tables, public transportation, and anywhere else. To avoid the transmission of nasty bacteria to your house, make sure to wipe or sanitize them from time to time.
No need for freak out. You can still do a lot of things to avoid the spread of bacteria and viruses in the house. Make sure to regularly clean the house and check every nook and cranny of it. Ignorance may be a bliss, but not until you get sick. Stay healthy and let’s continue keeping the house clean.