It’s no secret that trash, the toilet shell and floor in the bathroom are covered with bacteria and various microorganisms. Thus, they are the places where we focus most during cleaning. But, bacteria are everywhere, including areas that you regularly skip while cleaning.
Some bacteria are harmless, some are even beneficial for health, but there are bacteria that cause various diseases. It is common knowledge that during 30-minutes, you touch around 300 different surfaces, and in the meantime make contact with other people at least 9 times, which means that it is easier for bacteria to enter the nose and mouth and attack our body.
Nobody advises you to obsessively keep an eye on hygiene, but it is desirable to be a little more cautious and not to skip the following places during cleaning:
1. Kitchen sponge
The kitchen sponge is the biggest source of germs in the home. Research at the University of Arizona last year showed that the kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than the lid of the toilet seat. Why? The soft structure cavities are the ideal hideout for bacteria because they are difficult to disinfect. When wiping the table and washing the dishes with the same sponge, you just spread bacteria everywhere.
Tip: Put the wet sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes to destroy most of the bacteria. It is advisable to repeat this every day. Change sponges every two weeks and always keep them in a place that allows them to dry.
The sink is usually the place where chunks of food, dirty dishes and wash impurities from groceries end up. It has favorable conditions for the breeding of bacteria and creates permanent moisture on the surface of the sink.
Also, the tap handle is a magnet for bacteria. Just think, after touching any raw meat you probably press down the handle on the tap to wash your hands. It is not difficult to imagine that all the bacteria that you want to get rid of, stay on the handle end, and when you stop the water, some of them return to your arms.
Tip: At least once a week disinfect the sink with appropriate means and wash it daily with hot water and detergent. Do not forget the faucet handles.
3. Cutting board
The cutting of different foods on the same board can be very dangerous. Flesh contains a lot of bacteria, so they can easily be transferred to vegetables, fruits and other products that are consumed fresh.
Tip: Wash the board thoroughly with hot water and detergent not only after you have finished cooking, but also between different types of food you need to cut.
4. Wet clothes
Wet clothes left in the washing machine become a source of bacteria. Bacteria from a piece of clothing is easily dispersed, and then rapidly proliferate when left in a wet and dark interior of the machine.
Tip: After washing the laundry immediately set the clothes to dry. Do not forget to leave the door of the machine open to it to dry indoors.
5. Door handles
People who don’t forget to clean door handles are very rare. Most of the influenza viruses and the common cold are mostly transferred through the door handle as well as other microorganisms and bacteria.
Tip: Use antibacterial wipes or a solution of detergent and water to disinfect all handles in the home at least once a week.