We’re talking about germs today. Gross, I know, right?
As an elementary school teacher, I wage a constant war against those little suckers. Try as I may, I know I’ll never get my classroom or my home completely germ-free. However, I thought if perhaps I could focus on the areas that tend to harbor the most germs, I might at least reduce their number.
As we are smack dab in the middle of winter, and a very bad flu (and strep, around here) season, it seems most everyone is walking around with some kind of sniffle, or knows someone who is. Maybe, just maybe, we can nip some of those germs in the bud by cleaning the high traffic, germy-est (is that a word?) areas in our homes.
Think about just how many people in your home touch that thing. Especially if you have school-age children, you should wipe it down with a clorox or lysol wipe at least every few days. The remote control isn’t one of those things, like food, that we think to wash our hands before touching. It’s often crawling with germs.
Fortunately for us, we don’t have a 2nd story in our home. However, we did in the house I grew up in and with 5 kids constantly going up and down the stairs, I can’t imagine how many germs were on that thing. Like the remote control, a handrail is one of those things that we touch without even considering washing our hands before or after using. Again, I’d recommend wiping it down every few days.
Knobs, buttons, handles, etc. in the kitchen
Think about it, you touch a lot of different things when prepping a meal…fridge handle, microwave handle, oven button, cabinet knob…and a lot of times bacteria from unwashed produce and uncooked meats can wind up on these surfaces. It is recommended to wipe down frequently used appliances and surfaces before and after a meal.
This one really caught me off guard. I honestly hadn’t ever thought about all the germs that are hanging out in my laundry basket. All those gross, sweaty, clothes…or the ones that have been coughed on…or the ones that rub up against the grocery cart…just tossed in, and not given a second thought. To combat all those germs, wipe down the plastic baskets every week or so; any disinfectant will work. But watch out for any disinfectants that contain bleach!
Make Up and Make Up Brushes
I’m not sure why this is – but it is. I suppose due to constant, everyday use, combined with the bacteria that can be on your skin is cause for lots of germs. Consider tossing your brushes each season and your liquid based makeup every 6 months or so.
Honorable Mentions: toothbrushes, pillows, sheets, sponges, bathmats, keys, and phones
So, bottom line…wipe down everything that comes in contact with outside-the-home germs, toss brushes and sponges every few months, and live a healthier, less germ-y life!
Germs be gone!
1. Were you surprised by any of the items above? Laundry basket surprised me!
2. Do you do a good job disinfecting the above items in your home? I thought I did an OK job, but now, I’m not thinking so!