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Bust Those Germs

A germ free home is a happy home. We all clean our homes and make it squeaky clean, but squeaky clean does not mean germ free. Germs cause many diseases. How can you make your home germ free? Here are some tips, read on.

Is your home germ-free? Think before answering this question. If you don't routinely disinfect all the surfaces, the answer is probably no. Here's what you can do to get rid of those irksome disease-proliferating pests. 

But my home is clean!

Just because your home is clean, doesn't mean it is germ free. There's a huge difference between simply cleaning your house and disinfecting it. So your maid dusts every corner of the house twice a day. Well, that's great, but not adequate. Remember, your house may look clean, but that doesn't mean that there are no germs skulking around. You need to disinfect all the surfaces as well. While soap and water can do the job, it makes sense to use a stronger disinfectant than soap every once in a while. 

While germs usually live on living objects, if the conditions are right, certain germs like bacteria can survive for days on inanimate surfaces as well. And if these germs are infections, then you're in for some
tricky times.

On which areas should I concentrate?

It makes sense to concentrate on disinfecting those areas where germs are likely to breed. The top of this list is the kitchen, especially if non-vegetarian food is cooked in the house. Most raw meat is thriving with
germs, which is why we make sure we clean the meat and cook it well before it is served. We should clean our kitchen with the same care, because there is no doubt that enough germs have been transferred to the kitchen sink or shelves. 

  • Wash the knives used to cut meat carefully, and clean your chopping board with a disinfectant. 
  • Wash all the surfaces of your kitchen with soap and water every night before turning in.  
  • The bathroom is another trouble spot. Make sure you add a strong disinfectant to the water that you use to clean it. 
  • The seat of the pot should be disinfected every day twice a day if possible. Similarly, you must try not to bring your face too close to the pot if you ever need to look in. This is one place that's simply teeming with germs
  • If someone in your family has diarrhea, you should disinfect it every time he or she uses the toilet, or keep a separate toilet for the patient if possible. 

Baby's clothes

Simply washing your baby's clothes and nappies with soap and water is not sufficient. Your baby's immune system is very vulnerable, and you should tread with utmost caution. Soak your baby's clothes and nappies in a disinfectant for at least 5 minutes before you wash them. 

Disinfecting Tips 

  • Most household disinfectants have instructions on their labels. Read them, and follow the directions carefully. 
  • First, wash the surface with soap and water, and then, after wiping it off, apply the disinfectant. 
  • Leave the disinfectant on for a few minutes. This helps to ensure it kills as many germs as possible. 
  • Wipe the disinfectant off with a paper towel, which you can throw away after use, or with a clean duster, which you can then toss into the laundry. 
  • If you are cleaning up something like vomit, blood or feces, wear rubber gloves.
  • Wash your hands afterwards, even if you have been wearing gloves. 
  • Many disinfectants can be dangerous if consumed, so keep them out of reach of your kids. 

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Soundaraya.5 years ago
very good article...very often we keep the house clean but forget the nooks and corners where germs reside more. Kitchen, keyboard and similar areas harbour germs more than anywhere else so daily cleaning of these areas with a disinfectant is a must.
Angela.8 years ago
whats best for disinfecting your house with small children
Seema.8 years ago
hello angela. i find good old fashioned pine-sol works wonders in distinfecting and sanitizing the house. keep up the important things like washing the floors, the baby's crib railing, the lid of the diaper pail, and the bathroom sink top. i sometimes use a mild mixture of regular household bleach as well. mix 2 tbsp of bleach to a 3/4 full bucket of warm water. there's no need to rinse afterwards. change tables especially are a point of high levels of bacteria and the bleach water works wonders for that. if you use cloth diapers, hang up the baby's rubber pants outside on the washline. this helps kill all the bacteria that over time begins to permeate the diaper pants.
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