The Difference Between Bed Bugs and Dust Mites

Bed bugs and dust mites are just a few of the most common unwanted guests in our home. They might be the cause of the little red bites that you can see all over your body. That’s not only itchy but it doesn’t look good too. So, what is the differences between these two?

Dust Mites vs. Bed Bugs

image of bed bug and dust mite

Dust mites are so small they are often microscopic. They are insect-like pests that commonly lives in the house. They usually feed on the shredded skin of people and pets. Dust mites loves a warm and moist environment and often thrive at temperatures between 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity of at least 70 to 80%. The temperature at home is just right making it the ideal place for them to stay. They often find their way into the inner layers of your favorite furniture, carpets, bedding and even stuffed toys.

Meanwhile, bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that are visible to the naked eye. These insects live on the blood of animal and humans. Adult bed bugs often have a flat body but after feeding it swells and becomes reddish in color. Bed bugs do not fly but are fast crawlers and can move fast between walls, ceilings and floors. Bed bugs hides on luggage, clothing, mattresses and sofas. They often stay on the headboard or on the bed itself so that they have easy access to people when they feed.

Symptoms of Dust Mites

Like bed bugs, Dust mites is also considered as an allergen because it triggers an allergic reaction. Dust mites may die on the extremes of temperature, but their waste and bodies stay behind. Once a person inhales them or touches their skin, this can trigger an allergic reaction. Dust mite allergy may also trigger your asthma. Common dust mite allergy symptoms are the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy nose, mouth or throat
  • Itchy skin
  • Postnasal drip (A flow of mucus at the back of your nose that goes through the throat)
  • Cough

Symptoms of Bed Bugs

scratching bed bugs bites on legs

The bed bugs can bite anywhere on an exposed skin. They often bite the neck, face, hands, shoulders, arms and legs as they are not covered by clothing. People do not feel the bite itself until they develop symptoms such as:

  • A burning or painful sensation
  • Raised itchy bump with a clear center
  • Red itchy bump with a dark center and swollen sides
  • Small spots of blood from bites often dried or stained onto sheets or bed clothing

The symptoms of bed bugs depend on the individual characteristics of the bug’s bite and the person who was bitten by it. It may also cause serious reactions and might require medical attention.

Treatments

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You cannot control how your body reacts to the allergen like the bed bugs or dust mites. It is still important to be ready when the need of medication arises. There are certain over-the-counter medications that may help reduce the reaction cause by the bites of the dust mites and bed bugs.

Antihistamines – these are readily available at the drug store and has a variety from pills to liquids and nose sprays. Antihistamines helps relieve the sneezing and itching of the nose and the eyes. It also reduces the mucus production therefore, lesser nasal stuffiness.

Anti-itch Cream – these are topical medications that helps lessen the redness and inflammation caused by the dust mites or bed bugs’ bites.

Decongestants – these are effective in relieving the nasal stuffiness. It helps shrink the lining of the nasal passages therefore making it easier for you to breathe through your nose. Some decongestants can make you feel sleep and might increase your blood pressure as its side effects.

If none of the medications above can relieve the symptoms you are experiencing, you might need to consult with the doctor to be given the appropriate medications and treatment.

Prevention

vacuuming under the bed

1. Cover your mattress with tight-fit fitted sheet and pillows qin zippered dust-proof covers. The materials of these are capable of preventing the dust mites and bed bugs to pass through. Meaning, it is allergen impermeable. Bed bugs are able to live for a year without feeding so make sure that you cover your mattress for at least a year to make sure all the bed bugs are dead.

2. Wash your bed sheets and linens regularly in hot temperature. Extremes of temperature can eradicate the dust mites and bed bugs that are lingering on them.

3. Use certified filter vacuum cleaners. Not all vacuum cleaners are effective against dust mites and bed bugs. Buying the right type of vacuum filter can help keep the mites and bug’s waste from getting to the air. Make sure to immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and dispose it.

4. Get rid of the clutter that surrounds your bed. Vacuuming and washing of sheets is not enough. Clean your surroundings first as to not invite more insects that can possibly pester you and live in your home. Also, a large amount of dust mites and bed bugs may be staying on the chairs, cabinets, pillows and carpeting so make sure you remove or clean anything that they can stay on.

How To Get Rid Of Dust Mites

Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night because of the bite marks all over your body? Did you try changing your bed linen but still to no avail? We listed down the most effective ways on getting rid of dust mites that will probably change your sleep forever!

What are Dust Mites?

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one of the most common triggers of allergies and asthma attacks at home is the dust mites. Dust mites are tiny bugs that commonly lives on house dust. They are close relatives of ticks and spiders and cannot easily be seen by the naked eye. Dust mites fed on the shredded skin by the people and thrive on warm environment. This makes the bed or your mattress the ideal place for the dust mites to hide.

Dust mite allergy is a common problem of people with sensitive body. Symptoms of dust mite allergy include sneezing, runny nose, wheezing cough, red eyes, and even difficulty of breathing. These are common signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.  Most often than not, the allergic reaction caused by dust mites can be reversed by your anti-allergy medications but if it persists, you may need to visit the doctor immediately.  

Ways to get rid of Dust Mites

Lower the Temperature and Humidity

Dust mites thrive on a warm and moist environment. Dust mites like it when the humidity of the room/house is greater than 50%. If it’s less than 50 percent, they may have a hard time living in the comfort of your home. The ideal room temperature is between 65 to 72 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to keep the humidity of your home low. You might want to consider buying a dehumidifier if necessary, to further decrease the humidity of your home.  

On days when the weather is dry, you may open your windows to allow good ventilation of your room. Aside from keeping your room smell fresh, opening your window also helps in reducing the humidity of your room.

Cleaning is your Best friend

As much as you love or hate cleaning, this might be your best friend when it comes to stopping the dust mites from thriving at your home. Cleaning your house thoroughly and dusting the areas that are often exposed at least 1-2x weekly will help in eradicating your enemies. You might also consider using a damp cloth to avoid spreading the dust mites in the air when you are dusting. Make sure to wash the cloth at high temperature or dispose it after use.

Hot Temperature is Recommended

As dust mites cannot survive in temperature more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, you may want to wash your beddings at high temperature. This will ensure that the dust mites that might be present on your cushions, linens or rugs will be eliminated and washed away by the heat of the water. Also, adding a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the wash will help remove at least 99% of the dust mites that are present in the beddings.

Freeze Them!

Some fabrics cannot be washed on high temperature like silk or stuffed toys. But this should not hinder you from eliminating the dust mites that are thriving in them. If these items can fit in your freezing, you might want to try this hack. Place the items on a container or a zip lock and freeze them for a day. Dust mites doesn’t love an extremely high temperature. The freezing temperature is enough to kill each one of them. After freezing it, use a vacuum and thoroughly clean each item to remove what’s left on them. If possible, you can still wash them in low temperature.

Diatomaceous Earth can do Wonders

Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that can easily be crumbled to a fine white sand. It is often used as a pesticide as it absorbs the oils and fats from the cuticle of an insect’s exoskeleton causing them to die. It also has sharp edges which are abrasive and is not harmful for humans but deadly for insects – such as the dust mites!

You may sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth powder on carpet rugs, mattresses, beddings and sofa to better eliminate these unwanted visitors. Leave it for a few hours or better, overnight before cleaning it up using a vacuum. You can use it as often as you want.

Keep your Houseplants to a Minimum

Having houseplants does not only make your house feel and smell fresh but also keeps the air clean. Not all houseplants are recommended because some can trigger allergic reactions. You might want to consider on investing on air-purifying plants such as Peace Lilies, Golden Pothos, Philodendron, and Dracaena. Fun Fact: It can also help you have a better sleep at night!

Essential Oils

Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that captures the plants scent and flavor. It is more commonly used as an aromatherapy treatment either via inhaling them or applying it on your skin.  These essential oils have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties which can be used in eliminating dust mites. Make your own mite spray by using tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil and mix it with water. Spray them on areas where dust mites hide. The smell is not only refreshing but is also relaxing for the body.

Vacuum!!

Vacuuming is more important than you think it is. It is a great way of reducing the dust mites and also makes it easier for you to clean the house. Here are some tricks that can make cleaning with a vacuum easier:

  • Choose a vacuum cleaner that has HEPA filter to decrease the dust emission from it.
  • Vacuum at least 2x a week and thoroughly clean areas where dust often accumulates such as under the bed or near the door.
  • Wear a mask when cleaning to avoid inhaling the dust that was dispersed. If you are allergic to dust, hire someone who does not have allergies.
  • Wet vacuuming or steaming is effective in removing mites and their dropping on rugs and carpets.

Benefits of Waterproof Mattress Protector

coffee spilling on waterproof matress protector

Ever experienced having tick bites all-over your body after a good night sleep? Or did your child pee while sleeping and you woke up in a smelly and wet bed? Worry not because we just found the perfect solution for saving your well-loved mattress.

What is a Mattress Protector?

Mattress protectors are used as a barrier around your mattresses to protect you from almost everything. The warm mattress is a good thriving environment for allergens like dust mites which can trigger asthma or eczema attacks. The mattress protector prevents you and your bed from waking up on a pool of pee and from having itchy tick bites all-over your body. Aside from that, waterproof mattresses also prolong the mattress’ life. It is a good investment because it ensures that you will have a comfortable sleep after a tiring day at work.

 Types of Mattress Protectors

mattress protector

Fitted mattress protectors – This type of protectors is easy to use. It is like a bottom sheet, so you just need to tuck them around the mattress. It is easy and quick to remove especially when it needs cleaning or changing.

Waterproof mattress protectors – this type of protectors is recommended as a protective cover for your child’s bed. It’s waterproof quality offers protection against any kind of spills and stains. Also, it reduces the ability of the molds to grow on your mattress prolonging its life.

Polyurethane mattress protectors – This mattress protector is soft and fine. Some of it has a waterproof option, depending on which style or brand you’ll buy. It is made with comfort in mind because of its breathable reverse which does not cause sleep interruption that is caused by other waterproof protectors.

Polypropylene mattress protectors – This mattress protector may be the lightest of all the others. It also provides the same use as the others and but its advantage is its low moisture absorption which makes it easier to clean and remove stains.

Choosing a Waterproof Barrier

Getting a waterproof protector may be life changing especially for first-time parents. It will lessen your laundry and also saves your mattress from drowning from your child’s pee. In purchasing a waterproof mattress protector, these are things you should consider:

  • Mattress pads with a vinyl barrier

This type of waterproof mattress cover is often not breathable but is much cheaper. Cleaning it may take more time than usual because of its design and also it is quite hot to sleep on because it has high moisture absorption. It also makes a squeaky sound or feeling when you move on the bed.

  • Mattress pads with a urethane barrier

This type of waterproof mattress barrier may cost more but it is the most comfortable as it allows heat transfer which means that it stays cool on summers and warm on winter. It doesn’t also make a sound when you move on the bed unlike the vinyl type. Cleaning it is easy as it is washed fast and dries quickly. Lastly, its quality ensures you that it will last for a long time.

Why buy a Waterproof Mattress Protector?

bed bugs bites
Bedbug bites

Protection against Soiling

Waterproof mattress protectors does not only provide a water-proof environment for your bed but also acts a barrier against dirt. Its designed to prevent invasion of the bed from bed bugs, bacteria and dirt that may cause you harm.

Allergy Control

Waterproof mattress protector is beneficial for people who have sensitive skin and is asthmatic because it limits their exposure from possible allergens. People who often wake-up with red tick bites all over their body will definitely benefit from this as bed bugs and dust mites flourish on areas where people live and thrive on shredded skin. For best protection, buying a waterproof mattress cover that provides total encasement of the mattress is recommended.

Cushioning

Waterproof mattress protectors are designed to provide extra cushioning and support to the sleepers. There are different materials that is used for waterproof mattresses like cotton, cotton cover with silk, feather and synthetic fibre filling. Quilting these mattress covers helps hold the filling in place and prevent occurrence of uneven padding. Remember that waterproof mattresses that provides extra cushion should not be washed on the laundry but should be dry cleaned only.

Prolongs the Mattress’ Life

Waterproof mattress cover provides extra protection for your mattress and prevents it from wear and tear. Hence, extending its life. Also, it prevents the fluids from going into your mattress which may cause damage on the coil springs and the like inside your mattress.

House Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Cleaning may be the hardest house chore ever, but it is also the most fulfilling one. It may seem as a fairly self-explanatory task but there are a lot of tips and trick to make cleaning easier! We’ve listed down a few that we think will be useful in doing so.

Time-Saving Tips

Can somebody tell me why there isn’t an actual guide for cleaning? Cleaning the house takes a lot of time if you don’t know where to start. Knowing where to start and what to clean will lessen your time doing the task and more time for other things that needs prioritization too.

Toothbrush cleaning keyboard

1. Cut the Clutter

Before starting anywhere, make sure to de-clutter all the scattered mess around you. Reorganize your things especially on your desk or the kitchen. This not only make your room organized but it also helps decreasing the cleaning process.

2. A Toothbrush can make a change

We all know that the toothbrush is used for brushing, but did you also know that it is an effective cleaning tool? Its brush helps reach areas that can’t be cleaned by the vacuum or any sponge or cloth. It is not only handy but also inexpensive (saving you lots of money!).

3. Microfiber Cloths

Maybe one of the best inventions ever made is the Microfiber. It is easy to clean, absorbs water fast and dries surfaces faster. It lessens the rinsing time of the cloth meaning more surfaces can be cleaned!

4. Start with the Cleanest, End with the Dirtiest

Start cleaning the “cleanest” or most organized room in your house. It is imperative to start at the cleanest area to avoid cross-contamination of bacteria all-over your home. Imagine cleaning your bathroom first then your bedroom after. You are spreading germs all over your house! This is not only a dirty way of cleaning but it can also be a source of disease in your family.

5. Clean the Drapes

Oh, but not the way you’re thinking. You don’t need to put it on the laundry. Every heard of vacuuming the drapes. It takes much less time cleaning it and far easier to vacuum the dusts that is sticking on the drapes.

6. Vacuum, then Mop

Sweeping the floor is quite the traditional way of cleaning one’s home but maybe people needs an upgrade. Just like how sweeping works, vacuuming also does the job pretty well. Don’t forget to mop after!

7. Don’t Forget to Turn-off the Electronics

Some people just clean without really think whether or not their electronics are plugged or unplugged. Cleaning your TV or any devices while its powered on or plugged may put you at risk of being electrocuted and at the same time might cause damage to your devices.

8. Read the Tags

I believe everyone is guilty of not reading the labels off the clothes and sheets. Did you know that the tags on the bottom of the fitted sheet is a guide to know what size the sheet is? If it’s on the left, it’s a king-size sheet and on the right, it’s a queen size sheet. Also, the tags show exactly the way on how and how-not-to clean it.

9. New House Smell

Who doesn’t love the smell of a clean, fresh, new house? It makes you want to move from one house to another. Adding a few drops of essential oils on your organic cleaning solution is a great way of starting your cleaning. It does not only make you feel relaxed but also eases your mind and heart.

10. Always remember the Showerhead

This is one of the items that isn’t usually cleaned. The showerhead builds-up residue and is quite hard to remove. You need a cleaner that you can leave overnight to dissolve the dirt. Don’t forget to rinse it in the morning!

Smart Cleaning Tricks

ice cubes to deodorize garbage disposal

Ice cubes to Deodorize a Garbage Disposal

Got a stinky garbage disposal? Get rid of its unruly smell by dropping lots of ice cubes made of vinegar down the disposal. The vinegar’s acidity help remove the smell and also clean your disposal. Don’t forget to flush it with cold water after to rinse all the residues.

Use Aluminum Foil to Scrub Off Pans

Do you love baking but never the cleaning part? The aluminum foil is an effective scrub to remove remnants of your baking on a pan. Don’t forget to add a few drops of dishwashing liquid!

Baking soda does Wonders

It’s no secret that baking soda has a way of making everything sparkling and clean. There are many baking soda recipes and the most popular one is the baking soda and vinegar mixture. This is most effective in cleaning the kitchen sink, drain and even pots and pans.

Pillowcase for the Ceiling Fan

Cleaning a ceiling fan is not only messy but is also quite dangerous. Its blades can cut your hand. Using a pillowcase is the best way to clean it. Just slide it over the blade and slowly pull it back removing the dirt from the fan while protecting your hands.

Rice for your Coffee Grinder

Rice is not only good for eating but also for making your coffee grinder squeaky clean. Just toss some rice grains on the coffee grinder, let it stay for a while to remove the odour then wipe it clean.

Rubber Glove is your Protection

Rubber gloves are often used as a protecting when cleaning. But did you know that it works wonders on your pet’s furs. The hair and furs that is scattered on your sofa will automatically cling to the rubber glove like a magnet. Saves you a lot of time!

Coffee filter to Dust

The dust on your flat screen TV can easily be removed by using a coffee filter. Unlike cloths, the coffee filter it leaves your screen lint-free.

Lemon Juice is the Best!

Lemon juice is a popular fruit that has a lot of health benefits. It has antioxidants that helps remove all the toxins in your body. Aside from that, lemon juice is also an effective cleaning agent. It helps remove stains and deodorizes surfaces. Giving you that lemon fresh scent.

Can A Home Be Too Clean?

No amount of cleaning can really get rid of all the dirt and germs that stays at your home. No matter how many times you clean, there will always be new germs that will be coming from outside your home or from your pets who loves to go outside. The idea of a clean and disinfected house is far from being true.

Is my house “Too clean”?

In all honesty, no amount of cleaning can really get rid of all the germs and dirt that is dormant at your home. They move as fast as you clean. New germs and dirt appear because air goes in and out of your home and people and pets brings it along with them when they go out. Contaminated foods and stacked items are good areas to pool germs. The idea of having a house that is “too clean” is wrong and even impossible.

Health Benefits of a clean home

a clean home is a happy home with a home background

Wanting a clean home is not a bad dream. It is not only good for you but also for your family as well. A study at Indiana University found out that people who has cleaner homes has increase physical activity making them physically fit.

Also, a clean home lowers the stress and fatigue that a person is feeling. A messy home may be a subconscious reminder of a work that needs to be finished while a clean home makes you feel even more organized.

Less dirt and germs reduce the risk of having allergic reactions and asthmatic attack. Dirt that has been stagnant for a long time and inhaled by a person can trigger allergic reactions. 

Importance of Good hygiene

Good hygiene is critical in stopping the spread of diseases-causing germs, bacteria and viruses such as the novel coronavirus, common colds and flu, and even tummy bugs like salmonella and E.coli.

Good personal hygiene not only keeps all parts of the body clean, but it is also plays a role in maintaining our health including our physical and mental health. Poverty and lack of access to clean water are only a few of other factors that can affect a person’s personal hygiene.

5 Simple steps of effective handwashing

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular washing of hands at certain times to avoid spread of infectious diseases:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating meals
  • Before and after looking after anyone who is vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a wound or cut
  • After going to the bathroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning your child
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching any form of garbage or dirty surfaces/objects
  • After handling pets or pet-related items such as food and feeding bowl

The CDC outline 5 simple steps that everyone should follow to have an effective handwashing:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water then turn the tap off and apply soap.
  2. Lather the hands by rubbing them together with the soap, remember to reach the backs of the hands, between the fingers and under the nails.
  3. Scrub the hands continuously for at least 20 seconds (sing your “happy birthday” song twice).
  4. Rinse the hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Does exposure to germs strengthen our immune system?

The immune system

Childhood exposure to germs was though to help strengthen the immune system and protect children from developing allergies and asthma. Until now, there were various researches that tried to identify the mechanism behind this. Some studies show that early life exposure to microbes can help fight infection in the body but might also trigger a range of disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease.

According to hygiene hypothesis, people who grew up in a clean environment with proper sanitation lack normal exposure to microbes, pollen and other germs in the environment. It was said that this have a negative effect in the development of their immune system, which makes them have a higher risk of acquiring diseases unlike those who have been exposed to dirt at an early age.

With the advent of numerous antibacterial and antimicrobial soap readily available in the market, many people developed a fear of germs which has been pushed too far and might be causing us more harm than cure.

Dirtiest Places At Home

Our home is the comfiest place on earth! This is where we spend almost all our day at – aside from work. As much as we love our home, it may not be as clean as we think. We listed down the top places at home that needs a little bit of love and more cleaning.

Dirtiest Spots

Those that made it to the list might surprise you! Majority are commonly used items and are often touched by you and your family while some just really love being dirty. Get to know them well:

a dirty sink

The Kitchen

According to the National Sanitation Foundation, food preparation or storage areas has the greatest number of bacteria and has probable fecal contamination apart from other areas at home. The most popular ones are the sponges used in cleaning the dishes and rags to wipe away surfaces. They were found to have Salmonella and E.Coli . These bacteria cause loose bowels and diarrhea.

Kitchen items such as cutting boards, kitchen sink and countertops, refrigerator and even coffee maker should be cleaned often as they are highly exposed to dirt and possible contamination.

The Bathroom

This place surely is a part of the dirtiest part at home because this is the area where you clean and scrub off all the dirt on your body. Aside from that, the moisture caused by the hot shower and use of water is a good medium for the bacteria to stay and multiply. Areas such as the shower tub, drains, faucets, floor, bath towel, and toothbrush should be paid extra attention because these are the areas that the germs love to stay at.

The Living Room

Things such as remote controls, computer keyboards, cellphones and tablets are the ones you often share with family members and guests at home. Common pathogens that is found on these items are yeast and staphylococcus.

The Knobs, Handles, Light Switch

These knobs, bathroom light switches, refrigerator handles, stove knobs, microwave handles are considered high-touch surfaces. Recent studies show that these areas might even have more dirt and bacteria than the bathroom doorknob or switches. These areas are often forgotten and not commonly cleaned.

The Makeup Bag

Makeups make you look good, but it is also a good place for the germs and viruses to multiply and stay. If your job requires you to bring your makeup bag outside, it might even be dirtier than you think. It can carry the germs from outside and bring it to your home.

You should also keep in mind the expiration date of your makeup. Some makeup loses its touch as the expiration date nears. Change your makeup once expired or when needed. To prolong your makeup, store it in a clean, dry space and at room temperature.

The Pets

Aside from being your bestfriend, your favorite pet is also loved by the germs and viruses in your home. Every time they go out and play then come back, the bacteria and viruses tag along with them. A study conducted by NSF showed that the feeding bowl of your pet is included in the top 5 things that has a lot of germs at home.

Tips on How to Clean

Cleaning is easy but doing it properly is different. It requires a little bit of research to know which areas to focus on. Knowing these will help you in preventing your family from getting sick. Also, it makes you feel even more comfortable because you are sure that you have a nice and clean environment. Here are some tips on cleaning that you should know:

vinegar, baking soda and a slice of lemon
  • Scrub the sink using a mix of baking soda and vinegar. Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar with warm water or vinegar and this will be your cleaning solution. Let it stay for a while before rinsing it to remove stains and disinfect it.
  • Apply a small amount of dishwashing soap on the refrigerator’s door handle to remove the bacteria. Do not use bleach or any harmful chemical as it might get into your food.
  • Remove the faucet filter every few months. Soak it on white vinegar and brush it to remove dirt and stains.
  • To prevent bad odour from your garbage disposal, mix a half cup of baking soda with a cup of vinegar then flush it on the drain. Let it stay for a few minutes before pouring hot water to rinse it.
  • Replace your toothbrush often. You may also put it on the dishwasher and sterilize it for about 10 minutes to remove the bacteria.
  • Clean your shower curtain with a mixture of water and vinegar then spray it on the curtain. This helps remove the bacteria and clean the shower curtain.
  • In the living room, use disinfect wipes on the remote control or on every item that may be shared with guests when they visit your home.
  • Clean your pet’s feeding bowl by removing the food and water left on it. Use vinegar to remove the stain the clean it with dishwashing soap.
  • The walls are included in the cleaning too. Wipe off that fine dust on the wall using a soft cloth then gently scrub it off using a cleaner that is safe for your wall.

Try these few tips and let us know if it works for you!

Common Types of Bacteria at Home

How sure are you that after cleaning there are no bacteria or viruses lingering somewhere in your home? Our home is our comfort zone and where we spend most of our day in. Keeping it clean, disinfected and tidy must be hard but if you want to prevent you and your loved one from getting sick, you might need to start with it real quick. We listed down the most common bacteria and we also included the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 for you to know them better.

Types of Bacteria

1. Proteobacterium

If a man is a dog’s best friend, it is Proteobacterium that is a dog’s best friend.  Every time your dog comes into your house, expect them to bring this bacterium with them. Proteobacterium comes from the group that causes whooping cough.

2. Streptococcus mutans

Every morning after you wake up and every night before you sleep you often brush your teeth. Aside from preventing cavities from eating your teeth, brushing also helps remove this bacterium away. It can also be transported to the bathroom especially when we drool in our pillowcase at night.

3. Lactobacillus

This one is what most of us are familiar with. It is included in some processed foods such as cheese, sour cream and any kind of thickened milk. This is the bacteria that causes the milk to become thick. Some Lactobacillus are also mixed with milk and are good for the digestive system. Its acidification helps kill off or inhibit the growth of other bacteria.

4. Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria

I bet you are familiar about Mycobacteria, which is often associated with tuberculosis. We also have non-tuberculous mycobacteria which often resides in the shower or on the shower curtains as well.

5. Pseudomonas

The kitchen is almost the most important part of the house (and should be the cleanest!). But this place also hides a dark secret and that is because it is a home for the Pseudomonas, especially the sink! Most strains of this bacteria do not cause a problem but one, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  It is a powerful bacterium that causes a serious infection when a person is infected. It is one of the most hated bacteria as there are only selected antibiotics that can work against it.

6. E-Coli

This one is also a resident in our home. It can be found almost everywhere and on any surface. Sometimes, it can also be found on fruits and vegetables and that is why washing them prior to consumption should be given greatest importance. It comes from the family of Enterobacteriaceae which is known for causing food poisoning and diarrhea.

7. Micrococcus Bacteria

Most of this type of bacteria is harmless but can be deadly for people who have poor immune system. This bacterium can be found on dust, dairy products, beer and even the skin.

8. Bacteroidaceae

It is not a surprise to find a fecal bacteria inside the bathroom. Honestly, they traveled long before they found themselves to be on the outside world. Usage of chemical cleaners helps wiping them out, but a few often survive. Since the environment inside the bathroom is moist and oxygen-poor, they are more likely to multiply as this is their natural habitat.

The Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19

With the ongoing pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. It is important to get to know this virus for us to better understand how this virus works and prevent ourselves and our family from being infected with this deadly virus. This virus was first reported in the city of Wuhan, China late last year which caused a massive epidemic in China and quickly spread across 70 other countries in the world causing the current pandemic.

The coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily present as a case of mild to moderate respiratory illness and most of the patients recover without requiring treatments. For the high-risk people such as the elderly and those who have known co-morbidity such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer,  and patients with immunosuppressive disorders, they are more likely to develop the severe type of this disease.

The virus spread quickly through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when a person infected with the virus sneezes or coughs. It may also stay for long hours in the air causing it to easily infect people. Here are some symptoms that you might take note of to see if you may or may not have the virus:

Most common symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigability

Less common symptoms:

  • Body aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Rash on skin and discoloration of fingers or toes.

If you are currently experience these symptoms, immediately go to your doctor to seek consult. There is no vaccine yet available for the coronavirus, but some medications were proven to be effective in lessening the symptoms an infected person is experiencing. To prevent spread of the virus, let us continue social distancing, proper and frequent hand washing, practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette and lastly, do not go out if you don’t have anything important to do. STAY AT HOME.

Clean and Disinfect yourself and your Home

With the government slowly loosening the Covid-19 restrictions across the country, British people are able to move around freely. The coronavirus is still a threat, majority of the industries needs to open and continue to serve the people. It is more important now to still continue with social distancing, wearing of mask and maintain proper cleaning habits on yourself and even at home. To keep you, your family and your home virus-free take note of the following:

  • Always wash your hand before and after holding anything. Usage of hand sanitizer is no substitute to washing hands.
  • Clean and disinfect your home at least once daily just to be safe. Always assume that you have had contact with a person infected outside your home.
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces like the doorknobs, tables, kitchen counter, faucets, light switches and remote controls. These items are held or touched more than once a day and can easily cause spread of the virus if not properly disinfected.

Sources Of Bacteria At Home

Ever wonder where bacteria can be residing at your home? There are many possible places, but we will only enumerate the most common places they can be found. Knowing where to find them is helpful in keeping a clean and healthy home for you and your family.

Sources of Bacteria

The Kitchen Sink

According to a study and survey by the Hygiene Council, it was found that there is a about 17, 964 bacteria per square inch that can be found on your kitchen sink. This is in agreement with the findings of infection control, where they found that the toilet bowl may be cleaner than your sink. Food particles that was left behind after eating from plates that were soaked and rinsed from the dishes may make its way to the dishwasher where it can serve as the breeding ground for E. coli and salmonella. These two are known for causing food-poisoning and diarrhea. When getting the table ready, this bacterium has already multiplied on the plates and can get on your hands or spread to the food.

Quick-clean: For deep cleaning of the sink, wash it using a mix of bleach and water once a day and letting it run down the drain. Make sure to remove the drain plug and include it in the cleaning.

The Toothbrush

A toothbrush is a must and part of our daily hygiene care. When brushing your teeth, some bacteria comes stay on the toothbrush afterwards. But this is not the worrisome part. According to a study, the flushing of the toilet can send sprays of bacteria and virus-contaminated water into droplets. These germs can float in the air and can find its way to your toothbrush.

Quick-clean: Place your toothbrush somewhere it can air dry between usage. Make sure that it is not near the toilet. Also, it is recommended to replace your toothbrush often especially after you’ve been sick.

The TV Remote Control

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The living room is the most comfortable place to stay and relax aside from your own bedroom. The TV remote control is one of the most common touched items in the living area aside from the books and magazines. Researchers found that it is the dirtiest item in the living are and has viruses and germs living on it.

Quick-clean: Use an alcohol wipe or bleach to clean the surface of the remote control. Also, remember to do regular and proper handwashing to prevent acquiring such viruses and germs and getting sick.

The Bathtub

Who doesn’t love to soak on the bathtub for long hours after a day of hard work? It is the best place to clean oneself, but it may not be so clean at all. Studies showed that the bathtub has multiple bacteria living on it such as fungi and staphylococcus bacteria. When you turn on the jets, the germs on the tub can mix into the water where you are soaking.

Quick-clean: Disinfect your bathtub with bleach or bathroom cleaner after bathing then dry with clean towel. Drying it after cleaning lessens the chances for the bacteria to breed on your bathtub.

Importance of Proper Cleaning and Disinfecting

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Aside from the bacteria that is dormant in our home, there is also the threat of the new novel coronavirus or COVID-19 that can be spread from person to person up to 6 feet away. This is known to be transmitted by respiratory droplet and the WHO is considering that it might be airborne.  Recent studies suggest that the virus may stay viable on surfaces for hours. Cleaning and proper disinfection at home may not only help eliminate the bacteria but also prevent such viruses from entering our home. Here’s what you should know regarding cleaning:

Cleaning is different from disinfecting. These two terms are used interchangeably. Cleaning refers to the removal of germs and dirt on surfaces. It does not help eliminate them. While, Disinfecting refers to the use of chemicals to kill these germs and viruses on surfaces. By eliminating these bacteria or viruses, it lessens the risk of a person from acquiring and spreading infection.

Reminders:

  • Always wear gloves when disinfecting. These can be reusable but make sure that this is durable and recommended for cleaning and disinfecting. You may also use latex gloves but make sure to properly discard it as infectious.
  • Always wash your hands before and after disinfecting the house.
  • For disinfection, use one EPA-registered household disinfectants as these are the ones that are proven effective against viruses such as COVID-19.
  • Weak skin protection and eye protection for possible splashing incidents.
  • Make sure that there is proper ventilation.
  • Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure effectiveness and safety. Do not use more or less than the recommended mixture or dilution.
  • Electronics such as cellphones, tablet, iPad, remote controls and keyboard should be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instruction. You may also use alcohol-based wipes or spray to disinfect them. Make sure to dry them thoroughly after to avoid pooling of liquids.
  • In doing Laundry, use the warmest appropriate water setting possible for the items and make them dry completely. Use bleach according to the manufacturer’s instruction.
  • For hard surfaces, use a multi-purpose disinfecting spray to disinfect surfaces and prevent growth of bacteria. Let the disinfectant stay for about 5-10 second before drying the surface clean.
  • Make sure to change your toothbrush regularly and provide a fresh hand towel every day. The bathroom’s hard surfaces is recommended to be disinfected 2x a day as this is the area most exposed to body fluids.