Dec 7, 2014

6 Places Germs and Bacteria Thrive in Your Home

Germs and bacteria thrive nearly in every part of your home. They usually favor some parts in your house more than others since the environment might be conducive. No matter how clean and neat you keep your home, there are still some places where germs and bacteria can live if you are not vigilant. To keep your family safe, ensure that your cleaning practice includes the following areas that are often usually overlooked. Also make sure that you apply green kitchen cleaning techniques we wrote about in one of our previous articles.

Bathtubs and Toilet Bowls
Not surprisingly, the area in your house with most germs and bacteria is your toilet bowl. It can have up to three million bacteria per square inch. Researchers learned that every time you flush your toilet, the droplets might spray onto the shelves, toothbrushes, walls and towels, up to six feet away. So, all the places will contain germs and need thorough cleaning. Families that put toothbrushes together might have germs and bacteria bouncing from brush to brush. When your brush is close to the toilet, it can get lots of germs. Even though bathtubs do not foster much bacteria like the toilet bowl, it still has alarmingly high germs.  

Kitchen Drains, sink, handles and Sponges

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Most cases of the food-borne infection are result of the cross contamination that occurs right in your kitchen. Your kitchen sink, counters, cutting boards and rugs are rampant with germs. It is difficult to believe that anything used to clean can be filled with possibly dangerous germs. However, rugs and cleaning sponges always have many bacteria per square inch. Moreover, that drain in the kitchen sink can be a conducive breeding place for a great deal of bacteria. The drain is not the only place that has high counts of bacteria in the kitchen sink. The basin area that surrounds the drain and the faucet handle can contain lots of germs and bacteria. Wash these places well.

Bathroom Sink Basins and Handles
The bathroom may be the center of germs, bacteria and viruses if not checked well. Just like kitchen sinks contain large amounts of germs and bacteria, the same happens in the bathroom sink. Bathroom sink basins and faucet handles always offer conducive environment for bacteria to grow. Carefully cleaning and sensitizing the bathroom sink, along with the right hygiene will help keep the family free of bacteria and germs.

Flat surfaces like counters, shelves, cabinet drawers and floors attract airborne debris, like germs and bacteria carried by air when you flush the toilet, microscopic particles of the dead skin which fall from the bodies and clothing, and dusts that always settle in these places. Always ensure your family is free of germs and bacteria by doing a thorough cleaning in these surfaces.
Kitchen Floors and Pet Dishes
If you have got pets, you will know that that rim in the Fido’s dish contain many bacteria. Always wash your pets’ dishes to clear the bacteria. The kitchen floor, particularly the region in front of the darned sink, has lots of bacteria that can spread to other areas of the house.  

Carpets can turn to a repository of germs and allergens like mites that trigger allergic reactions. Most times, bacteria like MRSA (Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, are found in the carpet. To address this issue, use different cleaning methods. Vacuum the carpet often with HEPA filter. Steam-clean with hot water and a suitable detergent. To the solution, add a half cup of vinegar to kill the bacteria properly. Spray a disinfectant for fabrics. 

Remember that germs and bacteria are very small. You cannot see them with naked eyes, but the problems they cause can be felt for weeks when you get sick. Take all the precautions to keep your family healthy. It is important to keep your food and the living conditions cool since germs normally thrive in warm conditions.

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