There are Germs. Germs are everywhere...
We all know that there’s no way to completely get rid of all the possible bacteria prowling out there but still, the least we can do is to try to avoid it. Every day we’re contacting with so many things that we might need a supercomputer to tell us the exact figure but that’s not the point here. We are pretty sure that there are things that you haven’t ever considered that should be cleaned on a daily basis.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of everyday items that you must clean much more often than you think.
Welcome to the bathroom
Is this the cleanest place in your home or is it the germs’ most favourite hideout?
Let’s start with you waking up in the morning and heading to the bathroom. Probably the first thing you grab is your toothbrush but have you properly cleaned this since you’re about to put it in your mouth…
Your Toothbrush must be cleansed before every use
You use your toothbrush to clean food particles, plaque, and other grime off your teeth, so it’s not a surprise that it’s a hotbed of bacterial activity.
As stated by a research published in Nursing Research and Practice, toothbrushes are routinely contaminated with bacteria like staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, and pseudomonas. And there’s something much more unpleasant to hear - the majority of toothbrushes have poop on them…
According to a study published by the American Society of Microbiology, toothbrushes, especially those in communal bathrooms, show a high level of fecal matter contamination.
On top of that, traditional storage techniques that we all use, like putting our toothbrushes on a bathroom counter or covering them with a cap, don’t protect them but increase the bacterial growth instead.
The good news is that there’s quite a simple solution to this problem (except to not store your toothbrush next to the toilet). All you have to do in order to keep bacteria away is to soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash before every use.
Unfortunately, Clean Shave doesn’t mean Clean Razor, as well
According to a study, published at the beginning of this year, a man’s beard contains
significantly higher amounts of bacteria than dog hair. Those include potentially-harmful ones like staphylococcus aureus.
The bad news is that your bathroom’s frequently-damp environment creates the perfect atmosphere for a variety of bacteria to multiply with the speed of light. This means that every time you shave, some of those bacteria are transferred onto your razor, and onto your skin as well.
And if (or lets be honest here – When) you cut yourself, those go directly into your bloodstream. Things from here may become quite ugly – that’s why you should take good care of your razor.
Simply replace the blades regularly (it’s best to do so at least once a week if you shave every day or from 5 to max 10 uses) and soak your razor every day in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water to kill off any lingering bacteria.
You may think that the use of loofahs and sponges under the shower is what makes your skin even cleaner, but you’re wrong.
Actually, exfoliating with a loofah and using the same bath sponge for a long time could add more bacteria to your skin’s surface than you’re sloughing off.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, the loofahs carry—deep breath—pseudomonas, xanthomonas, klebsiella, enterococcus, and group B streptococcus bacteria. And since loofahs are made of natural material, which makes them extremely difficult to disinfect, you’ll be much better off with a regularly-laundered washcloth or exfoliating silicone mitt (which can be easily sterilized with boiling water).
If you’re somehow stuck with your bath sponge, just remember to change it every week or at least once a month.
The handle of your Toilet Brush
After all being said by now, we’re not uncomfortable to talk about your toilet brush - whatever you think, it’s far from being the germiest thing in your home. Actually every time you use it, the toilet cleaner sanitize it as well. So you might say that it’s somehow self-cleaning tool.
However, when we’re talking about its brush and the container it sits in, it’s a whole new story and the things become quite different. Both of those can be
So if you want to have a truly clean bathroom, make sure that you disinfect all the surfaces of your toilet brush and its container once you’ve used it. Or you can switch to disposable alternatives.
We kind of guessed that after those few paragraphs you’ve headed to the shower, before you leave don’t forget to clean The Shower Walls
Regular cleaning is the easiest way to rid your shower tiles of grout, so we strongly recommend that you run a squeegee over the tiles after every use. By drying the walls, you'll prevent bacteria, mold, mildew stains and will seriously cut the time you spend for a throughout bathroom cleaning.
Your Shower Head is yet another thing that should be cleansed regularly.
You probably think that it’s self-cleaning entity, but you’re wrong. If you want to prevent bacteria from growing onto it and keep yourself healthy, you should wipe your shower head down with an antibacterial cleaner or bleach solution on a daily basis.
You may be quite surprised but according to a research, published last year by the American Society for Microbiology, the bacteria most commonly found on shower heads significantly increases the risk of respiratory illnesses.
So in the long run, those few extra minutes will surely repay you.
It’s only logical that you should take care of the bathroom as a whole on a daily basis as well. Keep your shower as dry as possible in order to keep it from growing mold and mildew, especially since the moist environment in your bathroom is perfect for those to spread around right away.
After each use, squeegee the water off the walls, then dry these areas with a towel. Don’t forget to turn on the vent fan and always leave the shower curtain or door open (at least for 10 minutes) so humidity can disperse.
You can also do a more thorough bathroom cleaning once a week by wiping down the walls, floor and the door with an eraser sponge that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals. You can use a soft scrub brush and a mixture of water and vinegar to clean the grout.
In case you need more DIY tips on how to clean your home without any harmful chemicals involved, read our article based on: How to Clean Green
What about Your Bathroom Sink and Counter?
Of course that you use your bathroom sink to wash your face and brush your teeth every morning
According to a recent research conducted by TravelMath, bathroom counters in hotel rooms harbor an average of 1,288,817 colony-forming bacterial units, despite the fact that they’re cleaned professionally on a regular basis. That means your home sink probably is covered with even more bacteria.
So before you freak out – here’s what you can do. Simply wipe down your bathroom sink and counter on a daily basis with a bleach-and-water solution, which is bound to instantly kill all bad bacteria out there.
Moving on to Your Towels
We’re pretty sure that you change your face towel every day (or if not – start doing so Now) but what about your hand, bath and dish towels? We know that they might not look dirty, but that doesn’t mean that they are not.
The warm, moist air in your bathroom is the perfect environment for bacteria to multiply, and, if you’re sharing towels, you can also pass along infections like ringworm and impetigo. A research made by Dr. Gerba indicated a staggering 90% rate of coliform bacteria contamination on bath towels, with approximately 14% of the towels harboring E. coli.
Since hand towels are used even more frequently and are soaking up all leftover germs from just-washed hands, you should change them every day as well. According to a study, funded by USDA, dish towels were deemed the most contaminated spot in the kitchen. And the same goes for the small towels in your bathroom, according to Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.
You’re putting yourself at serious risk of illness, if you’re not changing your dishcloths daily. Dish towels pick up huge amounts of bacteria, since they’re regularly used to clean up countertop spills, and wipe down surfaces.
The National Sanitation Foundation (or simply NSF) even lists them as the most germ-laden item in a typical home (sharing the top spot with kitchen sponges, which we’re about to discuss in a bit).
Now you know why you should change your towels daily, plus, we promise that in the long run your skin will thank you for that.
Pro Tip: if you wash your towels with vinegar, it will help prevent mildew and keep them fluffy.
Before taking your first sip of morning coffee, there’s one more thing to take care of - Your bath mat
Your bath mat or rug needs to be washed at least once a week. Have in mind that usually they simply don’t fully dry between uses, since they’re up against the floor in a damp space, which creates just the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to grow.
Finally, you’re good to go, Welcome to your kitchen
Since we’ve already mentioned coffee, it’s time to add your Coffee maker to the list.
We’re really sorry to inform you that your coffee maker is a hotbed for bacteria and mold. Therefore, you have to clean it daily as well – just as you do with any other food or brewery preparation tool. It's best to wash the removable parts of your coffee maker after every use to remove all leftovers of coffee grinds and oil.
The reservoir in coffee makers takes the fifth spot on the NSF’s list with household items, which accumulate the most germs. Just think about it for a second - its dark, damp environment or in other words ideal breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
While still talking about caffeine don’t forget Your favourite Coffee Cup or Mug
According to the microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba, approximately 20% of coffee mugs harbor fecal bacteria, and this amount is bound to grow significantly, if you’re only rinsing them out, instead of giving them a thorough cleaning between uses.
The dark secret of Your Sink Trap
The germs you’re washing off your hands aren’t necessarily going straight down the drain - many stick around your sink trap. As stated by a research published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology last year, the source of an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria at an Israeli hospital was traced back to the facility’s sink traps. Running water caused the bacteria to harbor therein to become airborne.
Well, probably this exact scenario is unlikely to happen at your home but still, it won’t hurt to clean your sink with antibacterial cleansers on a daily basis, or use your own solution of equal parts bleach and water to pour down the drain.
Time to take a good look at the Kitchen Counters
Just think about all the stuff you put on your countertops (coins, car keys, bags, your purse etc. – you got the idea, since this list can go on and on, and on) now you know why they’re rarely clean enough. According to a research from the NSF, kitchen counters are among the dirtiest parts of a house, with more than 30 % of their surfaces harboring potentially-harmful coliform bacteria.
That’s why you should wipe down and disinfect them every day. All you need is a little soap and water, followed up with a diluted bleach solution. You can keep a spray bottle with kitchen cleaner or all-purpose cleaner close by, so you can quickly wipe down the counters before and after cooking.
One more thing, always remove all the crumbs from the kitchen counters and the floor as well. You don’t want to simply give the insects and vermin a nice meal and a reason to drop back at your place again, don’t you?!
We all know that one of the most annoying chores is Washing the Dishes still it’s mandatory to do so every day and here’s why:
Leftover sauce and crumbs will make dishwashing way more difficult and what’s much worse - they can easily attract bugs and vermin. If you have the habit to leave your dirty dishes soaking in water during the night, have in mind that the combination of food particles and warm water in your sink creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
It’s no surprise that the NSF points the kitchen sinks as the second highest bacterial concentrations in the whole house. So it’s really best and for the best to wash the dishes right after you’ve finished your meal.
When talking about homemade meals don’t forget The Cutting Boards
Leaving the just-used cutting boards out on the counter without washing them is a recipe for bacterial growth. According to a study at France’s National Center for Veterinary and Food Studies, there’s an abundance of bacteria clinging to your cutting board—especially if it’s a wooden one (which honestly are still the best on the market.
Worse yet, if you let the leftover food to dry onto your cutting board, and have no other choice but to remove it with scraping, it will only get the bacteria to burrow deeper. That’s a pretty good reason why you should wash its wooden surfaces right after use.
Pro Tip: If you’re using spatulas and cutting boards made of wood, soak them in a mix of equal parts vinegar and water for a couple of minutes each time when you’re done with the cooking. This will kill all bacteria and fungi on their surfaces.
If your cutting board needs to be disinfected, use a mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in half a liter of hot water. Apply this solution over the wooden surface and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse the cutting board under warm running water.
Frequently The Kitchen Sponges spread bacteria instead of cleaning
You may use sponges to clean your dishes and wipe down your countertops, but if you’re not cleaning them on a daily basis, you’re actually only spreading germs and bacteria all around your home. There’s a fair chance for your kitchen sponge to be the dirtiest thing in the room.
According to a research published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, kitchen sponges are frequently contaminated by pathogens like E. coli and salmonella. And you can easily transfer these potentially harmful bacteria onto other surfaces when you use them to clean with.
An easy way to disinfect your sponge is to put it in the microwave. Simply saturate the sponge in the microwave with water, then heat it for one or two minutes and voila – now it’s safe to use it again on the dishes from which you’re about to have a nice, homemade dinner.
NB! Don’t use this method if your sponges have metallic scrub pads, otherwise there’s a good chance of fire in your home. If that’s the case, you can boil your sponge for 5 minutes instead, or let it be cleaned by one complete cycle in the dishwasher.
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