Keep your Home Bacteria Free

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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 take care.

In fact, there are more chances of you getting sick from a bacteria or germs of your own 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 the bacteria out of your house.

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Bathroom/Shower:

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. Believe it or not, but the study shows that there are more germs on the bathroom floor than the toilet seat. Flushing is the main reason, as during flushing microscopic fecal matter get sprayed into the air and eventually lands on the floor. And in addition, if the floor is moist than it will help germs grow.

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Easy Fix: Provide proper slope towards nahani trap on the floor of the bathroom so water doesn’t get stagnant on the floor. Also, clean the floor every day with disinfectant and bleach-based cleaning agents. Properly rinse and dry the sides of the shower. Always close the toilet seat lead before you flush. Never keep 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 asks your architect about dry and wet area concept of the bathroom.

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Bedroom:

We literally spend abundance time in the bedroom, actually one-third of our life. 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.

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Easy Fix: to get rid of dust mites and those dead skin cells, regularly wash beddings in hot water. Mop the floor and clean the furniture surfaces with germ-killing cleanser and 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.

Toothbrush:

As per the health 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 sticks on the bristles of the toothbrush. This leads an overgrowth of bacteria on your brush.

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Easy Fix: After brushing, rinse your brush with hot water and keep it up in the holder to air-dry. As per the studies, never put your brush on the counter as it might catch other bathroom germs. Also during travelling never put wet brush directly in the travel case. Always plan to install the various types of bathroom accessories.

Kitchen:

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… 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.

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Easy Fix: 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 market). The sponge or rags we use to clean utensils should also be cleaned with either hot water or in the dishwasher.

Chopping/Cutting Board:

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 veg and meat. As meat contains dangerous bacteria like salmonella and 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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Easy Fix: Immediate action 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.

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 house.

  • Increase ventilation especially in the kitchen as cooking creates hot steam and increases extra moisture. Moisture helps germs to grow on the surface.
  • On the terrace during waterproofing maintain the slope so all the water easily gets wash out.
  • Finish the surface of the floor smoothly without any joints in the floors so the growth of Bacteria in joints can be eliminated.
  • 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.
  • Usually dust ain’t contains 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 found dust in any corner of your house clean it immediately.

Also Read:

10 Tips for Designing Small Bathroom
15 Tips to Design Bathroom In Your Home
13 Tips to Design a Dining Area in Your Home
Things to Keep in Mind while Buying Kitchen Sink

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