There’s a popular saying that goes “a man’s home is his castle”. We’d like to think we’re always safe inside our own homes. But the truth is unless we undertake effective cleaning and sanitation measures we can be very vulnerable in our own homes.
The culprits are germs and bacteria that thrive under the ideal conditions. And these conditions are borne out of poor cleaning practices. Here are eight valuable tips to get rid of all germs and bacteria from your house.
1. Everyone should practice good hygiene
Cleanliness and being germ- free starts with observing good hygiene. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Keep anti- bacterial soap or solution in all bathrooms and the kitchen
Keep an anti- bacterial spray near the entryway and within the dining premises
Have paper towels available in all bathrooms and the dining room
Require everyone to wash their hands with anti- bacterial soap for at least 20 seconds before eating
2. Store shoes at designated areas
Shoes track in dirt, pests and other potential contaminants. Did you go to a public restroom today?
Designate an area where people can leave their shoes. You can buy well- ventilated shoe cabinets. If possible, leave all footwear outside to air- out before storing them inside the cabinet. Spray the cabinet with disinfectant such as Lysol to prevent mildew growth.
3. Put away soiled clothes immediately
Used clothes also track in dirt, dust, bacteria and unwanted pests.
Designate baskets for soiled clothes located outside everyone’s rooms. These should have a ventilated cover. Request that everyone should shower first before entering other areas in the house.
No one should be allowed to lounge around until they have showered and put on fresh clothes.
4. Adopt “Clean as you go policy”
Cleaning should be everyone’s business. This is a policy that must be strictly enforced in the household. Among the guidelines are as follows:
- Pick up and store your own clothes
- Sweep and clean away your mess properly
- Wash your own dishes when you are done
- If you will cook in the kitchen, clean it properly when you are done
- Everyone is responsible for the cleanliness of their own rooms
- If you use a common room in the house, you must be responsible for
- its cleanliness and upkeep
It will be a good idea to give everyone in the house their own cleaning chore. Assign members of the household duties for:
- Taking out the garbage
- Cleaning the powder room
- Cleaning the yard
- Bathing the family pet
5. Cleaning the kitchen
The most popular area in the house is the kitchen. Thus, it should be of no surprise that it harbors the highest number of bacteria and germs in the household. It may actually contain 100,000 times more germs than the toilet. Great effort must be undertaken to ensure the kitchen is clean and sanitary:
Cleaning with a solution of one tablespoon of bleach and one quart of water twice a week can effectively disinfect your kitchen sink. Pour solution down the drain to clean it as well.
Use only anti- bacterial solution on cutting boards.
If dishwasher is not available, rinse off all grease and debris from utensils then place in hot water mixed with anti- bacterial solution for at least five minutes. Clean with liquid dishwashing solution then rinse thoroughly.
Always mop floors with disinfectant spray.
Clean all counters with anti- bacterial solution.
6. Cleaning the bathrooms
This is another germ- infested area in the household.
Clean the bathtub, wash basins and toilet bowl with disinfectant solutions at least once per week.
Mop the floors with water and spray with disinfectant. Make sure floors are as dry as possible.
Keep the bathrooms well- ventilated. Install an exhaust if possible.
Change towels at least twice weekly.
Wipe all the areas of the toilet bowl with isopropyl alcohol.
Sprinkle baking soda on the bathroom floor and leave for 10 minutes before vacuuming off. Do this once a week to keep your bathrooms smelling fresh.
7. Keep pets in designated areas
We love our pets but they track in dirt, fleas, ticks and other insects. They also harbor deadly bacteria from urine and fecal matter.
Wash your pets often but if possible, keep them only in designated places inside the house and away from the lounging areas.
8. Vacuum and dust as often as possible
Frequent vacuuming and daily dusting activities can greatly reduce the amount of allergens in your home.
Try to vacuum at least three times per week. It is important to vacuum your carpets and fabric furniture because these harbor dust mites which cause allergens.
The best option to keep your home clean from germs and bacteria would be to contract the services of a professional carpet cleaner at least twice a year. They have the equipment and expertise to thoroughly clean not just your carpets but your entire household.
Hiring a professional to conduct general cleaning services is your best and only guaranteed insurance versus germs and bacteria.
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