A sparkling clean house is certainly a very important contribution to a healthy lifestyle. You cannot imagine the number of bacteria and allergens living comfortably in your home right at this moment. Despite the fact that we wish this could be the solution of the problem, a quick and non-detailed cleaning routine, even performed on an everyday basis, is simply not enough to get rid of all the allergens and bacteria inside your house that can lead to a number of health issues, respiratory conditions, allergies. In fact, one of the most common allergic reaction is provoked by dust while the mould and mildew in your bathroom or kitchen could be toxic and really bad for your health too. This is why a regular and thorough and detailed deep cleaning is a must for maintaining a good quality of indoor air and minimizing the risk of health issues to the bare minimum.
When adding the cold and flu season to the mix, there are way more things you need to consider and tackle down when it comes to the chores around your house. Sanitising and cleaning are definitely a major contribution to minimizing the risk of catching the flu. However, when you or one of the members of your family are already sick, increased attention to sanitising and disinfecting the house is highly required. You might not be in your best shape so cleaning is most probably your last priority when you feel sick but it is something that needs to be done for good. It is never too late to keep your home clean and decrease the risk of germs spreading around the house. In fact, there are many places around the house where germs hide but today we are going to reveal them all and help you get rid of the nasty bacteria and allergens and make sure your health is in tip-top shape!
Defining Cleaning, Sanitising, and Disinfecting
Understanding that each of these terms – cleaning, sanitising, and disinfecting – stand for something different can really make the difference when it comes to a house enough clean to prevent health conditions. While cleaning all surfaces, dusting around, and avoiding contact with the sick ones at home can help to a certain extent it is simply not enough for preventing the germs to spread around the house. Viruses are often airborne and this is why keeping your hands extra clean regularly is important. Make sure to wash your hands with soap and use a hand sanitiser as often as you can.
While most of the sanitisers and disinfectors you would buy from your local grocery store promise to kill all germs and viruses immediately, the truth is that it takes up to 10 minutes of contact to kill germs and bacteria. This pretty much means that spraying a product on the surface and quickly wiping it is almost the same thing as using a bar of regular soap to clean the house. While disinfecting products are effective, the most important thing, in this case, is knowing how to use them properly. In fact, keeping sanitisers and disinfectors in your home’s arsenal of cleaning products is very important. Both types of products can kill up to 99.99% of germs and viruses, bacteria, and fungi if used properly which means that these products decrease your exposure to germs by 100 times. Most of the sanitising and disinfecting products contain a list of all viruses and germs they fight against on the packaging. If flu and cold viruses are not listed, it means that the given product is not effective against these particular germs and bacteria.
How to Get Rid of the Nasty Germs
In order to kill the majority of the germs and viruses spread around your house and maintain a high quality of the indoor air, you should start with simply cleaning all surfaces and remove any dust, dirt, and grime. Next, you can continue with sanitising and disinfecting everything you have already cleaned. What happens if you decide to skip the cleaning part? When skipping cleaning before disinfecting you leave the majority of the germs and viruses on the surface which means that they will quickly multiply and become even stronger and more dangerous for your health. So always make sure you are performing both steps in this exact order – start with cleaning and continue with disinfecting.
Here are some simple tips on how to maintain each room of your house as safe and free from germs, viruses, and bacteria, as possible.
The bathroom is one of the key places of the house when it comes to preventing a bunch of health conditions. Thanks to the humidity, temperature fluctuations, and moisture in the bathroom, germs and bacteria love to exist and multiply in this area of the house. In order to ensure that your bathroom is completely clean and free of germs, start with cleaning and disinfecting each cabinet and all drawers. Some places that many people tend to miss include the doorknobs, shower handles, light switches, hair styling tools such as hair dryers, flat and curling irons, other appliances and tools around the place. Of course, paying attention to the toilet, sink, shower, a bathtub is very important and a priority. When your family and you are sick it is a good idea to change all toothbrushes with new ones too. In addition, dedicating separate hand towels to the sick ones in your family only is very important for minimizing the risk of germ spreading. Using disinfecting cleanser in your bathroom at least once a week is highly recommended.
The kitchen is an important area as the bathroom. The kitchen is also often home to a lot of germs and bacteria because of the temperature fluctuations and moisture. In addition, food can be a source of bacteria and germs too. At the same time, food is the main reason why the kitchen area must be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Start with cleaning and disinfecting all cabinets, drawers, knobs and handles, working surfaces, table surfaces, the sink, the backs and sides of the chairs, light switches, all small and big appliances. The trashcans need a good scrubbing and disinfecting too. Remember that the sponge needs a regular replacement too. Reusable washcloths and towels have to be washed regularly too. Using bleach for disinfecting the sink and sanitising the whole kitchen area with a disinfecting cleaner at least once a week is highly recommended.
The Living Areas
The places you focus on when cleaning and disinfecting the living areas of your home are the light switches, door knobs, staircase bannisters, dining tables and all other sorts of table surfaces. Cleaning and disinfecting tech devices such as cell phones, computers, all sorts of keyboards are very important too. Even toys are carriers of bacteria and viruses so make sure to clean and disinfect them regularly too.
In order to prevent germs from spreading around the house, you should pay attention to cleaning and sanitise all bedrooms in your house. In your cleaning routine, you should include all light switches, door knobs, nightstands, tables, drawers, dressers, and all sorts of furniture pieces and surfaces, all pulls and handles too. When laundering the bedding and some soft toys such as stuffed animals always use the hottest water appropriate for the fabrics.
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