- 05 April, 2016
Do you know the Top 3 Dirtiest Spots in your House?
According to the Huffington Post, one of the three dirtiest spots in or around your house is your doormat. Citing an article which recently appeared in Prevention Magazine, the Huffington author contends that doormat dirt is particular egregious because it is so easily tracked into the home.
And this is important, as one study determined that nearly 96% of shoe soles contain traces of coliform, which includes fecal bacteria. To clean the mat, spray it weekly with a germ-killing cleanser such as Lysol, toss into the washing machine or throw it away and start with a fresh mat. Another idea is to adopt the Asian custom of encouraging guests to remove their shoes before entering your home.
Most pathogens are viral or bacterial and can cause everything from a common cold to a potentially life-threatening infection. But while most of us agree that household germs are bad and we’d like to eliminate them, it’s not always easy to figure out where they hang out much less how to eradicate them. In this post, we’ll note the areas of your home that are particularly hazardous, along with ideas for cleaning them up—including the doormat, kitchen faucet and garbage disposal.
Running water keeps the screen inside your faucet moist, producing an ideal condition for bacteria growth. This is particularly hazardous because tap water is not sterile. In fact, if you accidentally touch the screen with dirty fingers or food, bacteria can grow on the faucet, according to a microbiologist at the University Of Arizona College Of Public Health. Over time, bacteria build up and form a wall of pathogens which may break off and fall onto your food or dishes.
How to Clean It
To prevent this from happening, remove the screen once a week and soak it with diluted bleach. Replace the screen and let water run through the faucet a few minutes before using.
Food items such as raw chicken and beef fat contain lots of harmful bacteria. There are often more than 500,000 bacteria in the kitchen sink, which is about 1,000 times more than germs located on the average toilet. Most metal surfaces of the disposal produce ions which kill germs, untreated crevices in and around the rubber stopper make a fertile breeding ground for bacteria—contaminating whatever touches it—dishes, utensils and your hands!
How to Clean It
- You may not realize that your garbage disposal should be cleaned each day. Fill your sink and garbage disposal with hot water and add dish detergent to form suds.
- Turn on the disposal and let the water flush through. The hot water and detergent should loosen and remove debris.
- Remove the drain or screen.
- Using a small brush, scrub visible dirt and grime.
- Replace the drain or screen.
- Another great way to clean your disposal is to grind fresh lemons (including the rind).
- Another disposal cleaning idea involves making ice cubes out of vinegar to grind in the disposal. The vinegar will disinfect germs while the ice sharpens disposal blades.
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