7 ways to keep your home germ-free

Germs are everywhere. It’s a fact of life.

The bad news is that your home is one of the biggest breeding grounds of bacteria, viruses, mould, and other debris.

The good news is that many of these things aren’t going to harm you. In fact, many germs you interact with at home come from your own body, and some foreign invaders can even be beneficial.

But sometimes nasty pathogens can creep in from the outside and make you very sick.  You can’t live in a bubble and shut yourself away from the rest of the world.  So the best thing you can do is to minimise the risk of infection in your home.

If you are worry about germs in the home, here are 12 things you can do to protect your home, family and pets.

Wash your towels

The moment you dry yourself with your bath towel, it turns into a breeding ground of bacteria; fungi; dead skin cells; salivary, anal, and urinary secretions; and many other germs lingering in your bathroom that may have hopped onto your towel — including droplets from your toilet.

Many of these microbes aren’t likely to harm you, but they’re there, and they’re multiplying quickly — especially when your towel is damp.

For this reason, consider washing your bath towels after every three uses.  Make sure your towels are completely dry after each use.  Put it on a clothes rack and leave it outside in the sun to dry.  Hang it up next to a circulating fan. No time, stick the towel in your drier on normal heat.  A damp towel grows bacteria.   If you smell odour, there are microbes growing, so it should be washed.

Wash your bedlinen. Steam clean your mattress

If you thought your bath towel was gross, your bedlinen and mattress are worse.

Bedlinen are exposed to spores of fungi, bacteria, animal dander, pollen, soil, lint, finishing agents of whatever the sheets are made from, dyes and all sorts of bodily excrements from the body including sweat, sputum, vaginal, and anal excretions, urine milieu, skin cells …  Plus there are cosmetics that people use — they put oils and creams on their body.  Put them all together and you have very dirty and contaminated bedsheets and pillow cases.

If you think that’s all, think again.  The mattress is a breeding ground for dust mites.  All of these allergens may cause you to wake up with a stuffy nose, cause or exacerbate allergies, or aggravate asthma.

To keep these populations under control, wash your bedlinen once a week.  Call a professional carpet cleaner to steam clean and sanitise your mattress once a year.

Sanitise sponges

Kitchen sponges are ideal breeding grounds for microbes because their nourishing, warm, moist environments supply microbes with a good place to live and tons of food.

Sponges can harbor all kinds of nasty bacteria, including campylobacter, salmonella, staphylococcus, E. coli, and listeria — all of which can cause mild to severe gut and skin infections. Regular rinsing with soap won’t really kill harmful microbes.  Try a simple disinfection instead made of one part bleach and nine parts water.

Wipe and disinfect electronics and electrical appliances

Your hands are dirty. And when you’re touching your phone constantly — on average of about 46 times per day, according to a Deloitte survey — all of those nasty bacteria and viruses you’ve picked up throughout the day gets transferred to your phone, computer, electric jug, television and all the other electronic and electrical appliances you have in your home.

Wipe down appliances with a microfiber cloth once every few days.  Use an ‘All-Purpose’ disinfectant as part of your wiping and cleaning routine.

Steam clean your carpet, rugs and hardwood floor

Steam cleaning your carpet by a professional carpet cleaner in Sydney will help you keep bacteria and germs under control.

But do you know that you also have to steam clean the hard floors?  Hardwood floors trap germs as much as carpets.

Studies have found that potentially dangerous pathogens such as campylobacter, salmonella, and E. coli can live on hard surfaces for days — all of which can cause mild to severe gut infections.

The next time you book a carpet cleaner to clean your carpet, ask them to steam clean the tiles in the kitchen as well.

Wash your hands

One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from germs is to practice good hand-washing hygiene (which many people don’t do correctly).

If your hands are clean, you’re less likely cross-contaminate objects in your home — such as computers, cell phones, television remotes, and appliances. Good handwashing hygiene is especially important in the kitchen, when you’re working with bacteria-laden foods such as raw chicken and red meat.

Wash your hands frequently, especially before you eat or touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Wash your rugs

Rugs look attractive in a home but they are germ traps.  A carpet contains around 200,000 bacteria per square inch. That’s about 4,000 times grosser than your toilet!

Take out rugs to be cleaned periodically.  You can scrub them down by hand with a simple mild solution of dishwashing liquid and water.  Or you can use a store-bought rug shampoo mixed with water.

If you don’t have the time, call a professional carpet cleaner in Sydney to steam clean rugs in your rugs.

Germs are everywhere in the home.  They can make you, your family and your pets sick.  You don’t have to be a germaphobe in your war against germs.  You only have to be extra vigilant on some things that we take for granted.

A few simple lifestyle changes can make a difference in minimising the spread of infection in your home.

Call DryTech Carpet cleaning for carpet and rug steam cleaning services in Sydney.

DryTech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic cleaning and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email: info@drytechcarpetcleaning.com.au

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