We all want our homes to be clean. We mop, sweep, and dust every single day, trying to keep it hygienic and presentable. Sometimes it can get a little hectic in our lifestyle to the point where there may be some lint or dust here or there, or even a few dishes left in the kitchen sink. Those things are okay, and definitely no need to panic. What’s important to focus on, is making sure your bacteria levels are down and won’t transfer from one surface to another causing you or others to get sick. The main areas of your home that should be paid close attention to, in this case, are the kitchen and bathroom areas.
To keep your kitchens clean, you first have to make sure that when you’re preparing raw meat, keep all surfaces clean from the start. Raw meat has lots of bacteria in them, and there’s no need to add fuel to the fire by placing it on surfaces that are not clean. That’s especially not a good idea when you’re preparing food for other people. Don’t prepare different types of meat on the same surfaces. This causes cross contamination, and can be very unsanitary and unsafe. If you have to prepare different types of meat, you can either prepare them on different surfaces, or prepare each type of meat one at a time, making sure the surface is thoroughly disinfected after each preparation. Always wash your hands before touching and preparing food as well.
When it comes to cleaning your surfaces, keep the use of dish rags and sponges to a minimum. They’re okay to use when they’re clean but constantly using them causes the bacteria that you’re cleaning up to transfer onto the rag or sponge. If you’re using it over and over, you’ll be spreading bacteria on your surfaces rather than cleaning your surfaces. So if dish rags and sponges are what you’re using, clean and disinfect them after each use. You can also use disinfectant wipes.
When it comes to your floors, remember, using a regular old mop will basically cause you to constantly spread germs rather than keep them off your floor. Using steam mops will decrease the risk of spreading bacteria. Old mops and dirty water will not get your floors clean, even if it may look clean. So remember this the next time you have to clean your floor. Focus on getting products that will assist you in keep the germs off the floor, not spreading them.
The bathroom is perhaps the main area of your home that should get the most attention when it comes to keeping it clean. Bathrooms are notorious for being full of germs and other bacteria, if you’re neglecting it. Just like in kitchens, keep all surfaces around your sink clean and disinfected. When you start cleaning it, if you’re using a sponge, don’t clean your toilet with it before cleaning your sink with it. Do it the other way around. It’ll be even better if you use disinfectant wipes for your sinks.
Disinfectant cleaners, such as Bleach, for your toilet will kill all existing germs and even continue to kill them long after you use it. This also comes in handy for your shower. If you don’t want to use Bleach, there are other cleaners that disinfects and sanitizes just as well. Just like your kitchen floors, be sure to clean your bathroom floors the same way. Don’t use old mops and dirty water over and over. If you have to, clean the water before continuing.
Always be sure to keep different types of cleaners separate from each other; at least far enough apart so they don’t “cross” each other. Cleaners mixing can be very dangerous, which is why there are warning labels on each bottle. Bathrooms have the tendency to absorb moisture, so always keep it well ventilated, especially during and after every shower. When flushing the toilet, be sure to always close the seat before doing so, as flushing causes bacteria inside the toilet to rise up and out of it. You don’t want that spreading on your clean surfaces or your toothbrush.
If you want added protection for your toothbrushes, keep them inside the medicine cabinet instead of hanging it in the toothbrush holes. Toilet paper should be kept “over” not “under.” That’s one the main debates when it comes to how you should place it. Keeping the toilet paper over instead of under allows you to access and tear it off easier, all without needing to touch the entire roll. Touching the entire roll when you’re using it can spread germs and dangerous bacteria.
Last, but not least, be sure to keep all dirty linen in the hamper. The last thing you want, especially when there’s company over, is for them to see dirty things hanging everywhere. If they have to use one of your towels, how will they know which one is clean and which one is dirty? Keeping your entire bathroom clean is not only hygienic, but it’s best for when you have people over. No one will want to use your bathroom if you’re keeping it dirty. So keep that in mind as well. If you want, keep on hand disposable toilet seat covers. They’ll thank you for it.
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