10+ Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Home Germ Free!
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The safest place on Earth is your Sweet Home, say Yes or No? But in reality, it may not be so unless you keep your home germ free and hygienic! It is almost everyone’s dream to own a beautiful, tidy, peaceful, and hygiene house. Nobody wants to live in the untidy and unhygienic place. However, no matter how neat and tidy your place is, it can become the harbour of germs and bacteria if you don’t exercise the care.
We all know that germs are everywhere; in your trash, kitchen sinks, curtains, beddings, dishwasher, etc. They are ready to infect you when you come in contact with them. Once they enter your body, they can cause countless difficulties to you. Thing is you cannot disinfect every place on Earth, but the least what you can only do is to keep your sweet home and its surrounding area germ free!
Keeping your home germ free has the highest importance for your health and wellbeing! The fact is, there are more chances for you to get sick from the bacteria or germs of your own home. The home bacteria affect the health of the occupants of the house adversely. However, not to worry we have here tracked down few points to take care during construction and also after moving in your new home. Implementing following steps rigorously, you can keep your home germ free!
Tips to Keep your Home Germ Free
01. Ensure the Proper Ventilation
Enclosed spaces devoid of any kind of air or sunlight are also very much prone to germs and bacterial, so one of the most important tips on how to get rid of a bacteria from home is by ensuring the proper ventilation and allowing air circulation and sunlight.
Make sure your every room and spaces have proper ventilation, especially in the kitchen as cooking creates hot steam and increases extra moisture. Moisture helps germs to grow on the surface. Also, you must make a habit to open your doors and windows daily at least once to allow the natural sunlight and air into your home. This will purify the atmosphere within your home.
02. Clean Curtains & Ceiling Fans
Many people do not bother to vacuum and wash-off the curtains and drapes and dust-off their ceiling fans! Do you know, all these areas can trap a lot of germs and dust that are not easy to even visualize.
03. Keep the Home Dry not Humid
We all know that the high content of moisture and humidity are the most favourable conditions for the germs like fungi, bacteria, virus etc. to breed and so you have to be very careful especially in rainy & summer season. The easiest way to deal with this problem and to keep your home germ free is by properly utilsing the fans.
Whenever you clean your floors or feel that there is lot of moisture inside the home, simply switch on your fans and open-up your windows. This will make your rooms dry and will also decrease the occurrence of molds, stink etc. Don’t forget, the ultimate goal is to keep your home dry all the time.
04. Avoid Filling Home with Unwanted Stuffs!
One of the important tips to keep your home germ free is by avoiding overstuffing your home. Too much of congested places are more prone to spread germs and pests and they find easy places to hide!
Always understand, a spacious home also should have only the necessary things and only few decorative items are preferable as it can be easily cleaned which can keep your home germ free!
05. Use Trash or Dustbin
Make sure you have dustbins in your home at the important corners to utilise it properly. Any kind of residue that falls on your floors must be immediately picked up and thrown into the dustbin. However, also keep in mind, using the same dirty dustbin for a long is also unsafe. Because, if you keep the wastes for a long time, then it turns into a breeding ground for germs. It also stinks and infect the air and make your home foul smelling. Therefore, never forget to clean and disinfect your dustbin before using it again. And, if your dustbin still stinks then it is time for a new one!
Make sure you empty your dustbins frequently in the corporation cars which are specially meant for dumping garbage or you can throw them into your common community garbage bin.
Note: If you want to use your kitchen waste know the steps to make the Organic Compost. With the time & little patience, composting at home will become the second nature for you!
06. Do Laundry Daily!
We are exposed to thousands of germs every day by going out on daily basis. Our clothes carry a lot of germs when you return back home and so it is necessary that you immediately dump the clothes inside your washing machine. Underclothes mostly contain a greater number of germs, which if not cleaned thoroughly, may contaminate the other clean clothes.
07. Wash Your Bedding Frequently
We literally spend abundant time in the bedroom, actually one-third of our life. After work, we spend lots of time in our bedroom and if it is not cleaned especially the bedding, then that can lead to the growth of germs. There is no doubt that we shed dead skin cells on the bed, floor, side tables, and sometimes in those sweaty clothes. Sometimes due to those dead skin cells, we might get the staph infection (germs commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals). Also, most of people have the habit of tossing off their dirty clothes on the bed after reaching home. By doing this it will introduce the greater number of germs inside your bedroom!
Therefore, if you want to know how to get rid of bacteria and keep your home germ free, wash all of your bed sheets, towels, and other bedding materials regularly in hot water. Mop the floor and clean the furniture surfaces with germ-killing cleanser and home disinfectant every day. Therefore, always choose the tiles that can easily get clean. Make sure that there won’t be any joints in while laying tiles and also make sure that there won’t be any tiling defect.
08. Clean Your Kitchen Sinks, Counters & Sponges!
There are plenty of corners where germs can hang out in your kitchen i.e. kitchen sink, drain of the kitchen sink, counter tops, door knobs, welcome mat, sponges, rags, scrubbers, etc. As per Health magazine the drain of kitchen sink usually accommodates more than 50,000 bacteria per square inch. The study shows that roughly 70% microbes like E-coli are found in the kitchen which is responsible for urinary tract infection.
Always clean the sink and counters immediately after cooking, with soap or an antibacterial cleaning agent. Usually, water washes the germs away, however, cleaning agents with bleach can kill almost all the germs. To completely disinfect the kitchen sink and drain, clean them once in a week with bleach or drain cleaner powder (Easily available in the market).
The sponge or rags you use to clean utensils should also be cleaned with either hot water or in the dishwasher. Using dirty infected sponge will simply make your kitchen appliances even dirtier. And, if you find it in bad condition, then change it immediately!
09. Chopping/Cutting Boards
There is a catchphrase “washing your food before eating removes germs and cooking meat kills dangerous bacteria”. However, it’s wise to have two separate chopping board for vegetables and meat. Raw meat contains dangerous bacteria like salmonella. Although bacteria are eliminated when the meat is cooked, but they can still survive on the cutting board. Therefore, it is important to use a separate cutting board for raw meats. Generally, pathogens are usually hidden in the foods like berries, leafy greens, and potatoes. Even though food-sickness outbreaks and they are simply because of kitchen mistakes, for example, using contaminated chopping boards.
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If you are using wooden chopping boards, change it to either glass or plastic. As glass or plastic chopping boards are nonporous and more resistant to germs as they don’t get cut on the surface. Wooden chopping boards get easily cut while chopping food. Consequently, bacteria or germs can hide in knife-cuts notches.
Once you finish with chopping board clean it with hot soapy water and then spray bleach mix solution on board. Wash it again with hot water and rinse well.
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10. Keep Your Bathroom Clean!
Whenever you take a shower you tend to remove lot of bacteria, germs and viruses from your body. However, all those germs don’t easily slide down the drain or die on the floor. Conversely, some of those germs get flourished if floor stays wet or moist.
Provide proper slope towards nahani trap on the floor of the bathroom so that water doesn’t get stagnant on the floor. Also, clean the floor every day with home disinfectant and bleach-based cleaning agents. After shower, properly rinse and dry the sides or the shower curtains. Try to clean your toilets at least once a week. Always make the habit to close the toilet seat lead before you flush. Never keep the wet mats on the floor. Wash those wet mats with hot water and make sure it is dry before using it again.
Also, while planning your house ask your architect to plan dry and wet area concept for all the bathrooms.
11. Clean Your Toothbrush
As per RDH Magazine “The human mouth contains about 100 million microbes per millimetre of saliva”. These microbes eat the same food as you do. When you brush your teeth, food particles and microbes get stuck on the bristles of the toothbrush. This leads an overgrowth of bacteria on your toothbrush.
To know how to get rid of bacteria from your toothbrush, after brushing, rinse your brush with hot water and keep it up in the holder to air-dry. Never put your brush on the counter as it might catch other bathroom germs and spread germs in your other rooms too! Also, during travelling never keep wet brush directly in the travel case. Therefore, always plan to install the various types of bathroom accessories for properly placing your required accessories.
12. Don’t Forget Your Pets
This note is for the families who have pets at home. You must be more cautious because pets carry a lot of germs which can make your whole home dirty, if not looked upon quickly.
The very first thing which you must do is to keep your pets clean. Also note that many of the pets don’t like to take bath, but you have to trained them to take a shower at least two times a week even if they do not want to.
Also, whenever you take them out, make sure that you wash their paws properly with water before bringing them inside your house. And, their food bowls must also be cleaned every day.
There are few more points that also need to be taken care either during the planning stage or during construction or after you moved into the new house.
- On the terrace maintain the slope and waterproofing, so all the water easily gets wash out and drain easily.
- You can plan some indoor plants in the kitchen which will keep the air quality maintain. But do clean all the leaves regularly to get rid of dirt.
- Regularly clean the filters of the vacuum cleaner, water purifier, air conditioners, etc…
- Regularly clean the cell phones, tech devices, and all the toys with cleansing agents.
- Regularly clean your doors & windows to remove dust.
- Usually dust do not contain the germs as they don’t have moisture. However, if the dust comes in contact with moisture then it might develop the mites. So, if you find dust in any corner of your house clean it immediately.
Have you tried any of these tricks before? What else do you think, you can do to make your home germ free? Feel free to share your own cleaning ideas and tricks by simply commenting below!