Top Tips for Keeping your Home Germ Free

Hectic schedules, long hours and taking care of little ones make keeping your home germ-free an on-going challenge. Accumulating dirt can adversely affect health and hygiene, but don’t worry: the following tips and shortcuts make germ busting in every room a breeze!

The idea of an exhaustive ‘spring clean’ is enough to put most people off picking up a duster altogether. However, by making the following cleaning tips and tricks part of your housekeeping routine, you’ll reduce the need for a herculean cleaning effort and stay on top of things all year round.

Fortress Approach

Your home is your castle, and it’s important that you guard against germs entering the home from the outset. Get a welcome mat so visitors know to wipe their feet before coming in – consider it your drawbridge! Make sure visitors take off their shoes before clomping around and spreading grime.

Kitchen

For many, the kitchen is the beating heart of the home, representing a social hub for family breakfasts, dinner parties, and everything in between. Because of on-going food preparation, regular cleaning is essential. Follow these steps for a germ-free kitchen:

  1. Kitchen sink:

    Remove any dirty washing up, fill with warm water and add half a cup of liquid detergent. Scrub the insides of the sink with a scouring pad. Finally, to stop your drain from blocking, pour in a diluted bleach solution – approximately one part bleach to ten parts water.

  2. Counter-tops:

    Dampen a soft cotton cloth with a bespoke kitchen disinfectant and wipe the counter down. Rinse with cold water and dry with a clean cloth; alternatively, use a diluted bleach solution.

Top tip: While it can be tempting to reuse the same sponge or cloth, doing so simply transfers germs rather than destroying them. Put old sponges in the dishwasher or – if they’re beyond saving – replace them.

Bathroom

Microbial bacteria thrives in bathrooms but can be disposed of quickly and easily. Put on those rubber gloves and get ready to go germ hunting with these bathroom cleaning tips:
  1. Use a specially formulated bathroom bleach to take on nasty bathroom germs.

  2. If your shower curtain has seen better days, replace it, as tattered hangings can precipitate the spread of mould.

  3. Although cleaning the toilet probably isn’t in your top-10 list of favourite housekeeping jobs, it’s vital for dispatching potentially harmful germs:

    • Put on rubber gloves and wear eye protection to avoid contact with splashes.
    • Squirt chlorine bleach or a commercial disinfectant with bleach (use borax for stubborn stains) around the rim of the toilet and leave to trickle down the sides.
    • Scrub around the top and the sides, and then leave the disinfectant to work its magic.
    • Close the lid and clean the exterior (including the flush handle) using a spray bleach and paper towels.

Top tip: Keep some anti-bacterial wipes in the bathroom cabinet for regular touch-ups to stop the spread of germs early on.

Bedrooms
As the average person spends nearly a third of their life sleeping, it’s no surprise that bedrooms provide a hot bed for germs to multiply, exacerbating allergies. Try these tips out for size:
  1. Wash bed sheets, pillowcases and towels once every 2-3 weeks in your washing machine with a quality detergent. Go for a fragranced brand to leave your room smelling fresh.

  2. Dust and vacuum regularly – books tend to gather lots of dust, which can lead to health complaints, so going over them with a feather duster is a good idea. Vacuum afterwards, not before, so that you can suck up all the dislodged dust that has fallen to the carpet.

  3. Make sure there’s a wastebasket in every bedroom that is regularly emptied and washed out, so germs don’t have the chance to mount an attack.

Breathe Easy

It’s a great idea to get yourself a dehumidifier, particularly if you or a member of family suffers from allergies. When it’s muggy outside, the humidifier will reduce humidity within the home, stopping mould and mildew from taking root and attracting pesky dust mites.

Disclaimer: Always test new products and cleaning methods on a small, inconspicuous area before application. If unsure about a product’s suitability, check manufacturer’s instructions. For your safety, always wear the proper protective clothing. In the event of any adverse reactions, cease using product immediately. For more quality cleaning and housekeeping tips why not visit Cleanipedia.co.uk.

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