Even the tidiest home can house some unwelcome houseguests – germs! Harmful germs spread potential illness and make you sick. So what is that you can do to prevent the build-up and spread of bad bacteria and keep your family healthy?
There is no need to tackle the entire house straight away, but you could start with certain areas before others. We’ve compiled some of the important trouble spots and listed a primer of house cleaning tips to protect your family’s health.
Often considered the heart of the home, the kitchen is almost always full of germs. Research shows that the kitchen houses more germs than any other room in the house. And so, it is important to note these house cleaning tips as part of kitchen hygiene.
- Damp sponges and washcloths harbour bacteria and become a breeding ground for germs if they are not cleaned out and stored properly. You might end up washing your plates with a dirty sponge, or working harmful germs into your cooking top, so it’s important to sanitise your kitchen sponge and to change it regularly.
- The kitchen sink harbours a variety of potentially harmful germs. Washing raw food, tipping the remains of food into it, cleaning dirty utensils and rinsing out dirty cloths and sponges leave germs behind. Take care to disinfect your sink, the tap and surrounding tiles to prevent the build-up of harmful germs.
- Worktops, chopping boards and other surfaces used in food preparation are easily contaminated with bacteria. Prepare your cooked and raw foods separately, and be sure to disinfect the area afterwards with a clean cloth and disinfectant cleaner.
- The rubbish bin is a hotbed of a variety of harmful germs. Clean and disinfect the bin regularly inside and out, and wash your hands after you empty the rubbish bag.
- Practice good hand hygiene by regularly washing your hands with warm water and Dettol Gold.
The bathroom doesn’t harbour as many germs as the kitchen does, but its warm and damp conditions create a perfect setting for germ breeding. You can make a few small changes to your house cleaning routine and end up making a big difference to your bathroom hygiene – thus protecting your family as well.
- Regularly wipe down wash basins, toilet seats, faucets, toilet flush, bath areas and shower walls with disinfectant cleaners or wipes to kill germs and prevent mould build-up.
- Store tooth brushes such that the bristles don’t touch. This stops bacteria from spreading among the family members. Replace your toothbrush regularly, especially after a family member has been ill because germs get left behind on the brush.
- Store your tooth brush in a clean, dry place and replace it regularly.
- Always put down the toilet lid before you flush to prevent foul water vapour from escaping into the air. This helps contain nasty bacteria that could make others ill.
- Wash your cleaning cloths, napkins and bath towels on a setting of 60+ degrees to rid them of germs. For extra protection, add Dettol Disinfectant Multi-Use Hygiene Liquid to your laundry load.
- Clean your hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet using Dettol Gold and running water to get rid of germs and avoid passing them on to your family members.
Surfaces in the home
These surfaces in your home are prime sites for germs activity, because they are constantly being touched by lots of different hands. Try wiping them down with a disinfectant wipe.
- Mobile phones
- Television Remotes
- Computer keyboards
Maintaining a clean home environment is a little overwhelming at first, but you need to make just a few changes to your house cleaning regime for a big difference to your family’s health. Use Dettol Disinfectant Multi-Use Hygiene Liquid for expert protection against more than 100 illness-causing germs. It can be used on many surfaces in your home to control and stave off infection. It can also be used for personal hygiene, as directed.