All eyes have been on health and cleanliness over the past few months thanks to lockdown. People that have never really worried too much about germs are becoming pedantic about it and vice versa. Thanks to Covid-19 people have been disinfecting every corner of their homes and cars to ensure they will be safe from the dreaded virus.
Are you cleaning the right spots in your house though? We have found 8 of the dirtiest spots in the house that you might not be aware of.
The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) found that areas where food is stored or prepared has more bacteria and faecal contamination than any other places in the home. More than 75% of dish sponges and rags had Salmonella, E coli and faecal matter compared to 9% on bathroom faucet handles. CRAZY we know!
Other places you need to clean frequently in the kitchen are:
- Cutting boards
- Coffee maker
- Kitchen sink and countertops
Tips to keep these spots clean would be to use disinfectant wipes, change dish towels a few times a week and remember to soak sponges in warm water with concentrated bleach to ensure the germs are killed.
Knobs, handles and switches
These places are less-than-obvious places for germs to hide and some people think the bathroom doorknob is the dirtiest place but other spots have ranked higher.
- Bathroom light switches
- Refrigerator handles
- Stove knobs
- Microwave handles
All of these spots need to be cleaned at least once a week with disinfectant wipes. It is advised that you use a new disinfectant wiper for every spot instead of reusing the same one because this could lead to a greater spread in germs.
The corners of your make-up bag along with the bristles of makeup applicators are the best spots for germs to hide if you carry your makeup bag outside the house. These germs that live on your makeup brushes tend to cause skin and eye infections. It’s vital that you wash your makeup brushes once a week with regular soap and water, or by using an alcohol spray. It is also very important that you replace your cosmetics every 6 months. Read here, for more tips on when to dispose of your expired make-up.
We all know we bring in germs and viruses from the outside when we leave our homes to go shopping or to the gym. But, surveys have found that faecal contamination, yeast and mould has been present on:
- Cell phones
- Wallet and money
- Bottom on purses
Remember that Covid-19 can be live on the surfaces for up to 3 days since most of these objects are made from plastic or metal therefore it is vital to use disinfectant wipes to ensure your electronics and personal items are safe from germs.
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rubies will you be dusting off your rubber gloves to give your home the extra TLC it needs to be cleaned and sterilised? Let us know in the comments section below.