Mar 19, 2014

Most Preferred Germs Home Spots

Most Preferred Germs Home Spots -Germs may increase in wherever warm and moist places in your home. Based on an article at Reader’s Digest, let me share these spots here:

-Kitchen sponges.

You should believe kitchen sponge is the germiest spot in your home since USDA researches have tested it.
What you should do: disinfecting it by putting wet sponges in the microwave for two minutes one time per day. Change it frequently, at least every two weeks.
Cheryl Luptowski, an expert from the National Safety Foundation, suggests you to also disinfect dishcloths, towels and kitchen rags by cleaning with hot water and bleach. Those washable linens must be replaced after two days’ usage.

-Kitchen Sink.
It seems that germs love kitchens. Your kitchen sink is the second germiest place in your home.
What you should do: spray the sink with spray cleaner after every use, wipe up and rinse with hot water.

-Cutting board.
Charles Gerba, a national expert on household germs mentions that home cutting board may contain 200 times more fecal bacteria than on a toilet seat.
What you should do: clean it through the dishwasher or spray it with 5 percent vinegar and let it all night or microwave it on high for 30 seconds or scrub it with alcohol.

What you should do: give it protection by placing your toothbrush at the contrary side of your toilet and in vertical position to let the water drain away from its bristles. Don’t store a wet tootbrush in a closed casing and keep the distance among toothbrushes.
To reduce germs, you may also soak your toothbrush in antimicrobial moutwash. Replace your toothbrush periodically and after you’ve recovered of a sickness.

-Washing Machine. 
Dr. Gerba suggests washing underwear in the last load. Once the cycle ends, remove any wet laundry of the washer as soon as possible.
What you should do: minimal every month, operate a hot cycle with vinegar to clean germs inside the washing machine.
If one gets sick at home, sanitize the clothes from harmful germs by cleaning it in warm water with bleach. Peter C. Iwen, PhD, an expert of Pathology and Microbiology states to apply a concentration of 10% bleach (1 cup concentrated bleach every gallon of water).

-Shower curtain.
It can be a perfect spot for mold as it’s almost wet every day.
What you should do: always wipe it down after showering.
-Indoor trash can.
Pay attention more to garbage cans in your bathroom and kitchen.
What you should do: wash the trash can by covering its bottom with a light layer of baking powder. Swoosh the mix around, rub the sides and rinse with water.

Mold and mildew can be seen in every dishwaser.
Look carefully at the edges of the dishwasher’s door. You should also take a close look at the rubber cushioning of your fridge’s door.    

-Rubber Spatulas
A survey held in 2012 stated that rubber spatulas can be one of the top ten germiest spots in your kitchen. Therefore Dr. Aaron Glatt recommends more metal spatulas as they aren’t prone to the same types of germ.
What you should do: take apart the handle from its rubber spatula portion and clean it separately. If you prefer hand cleaning, wash it with hot soapy water, then rinse completely.


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