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.
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
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.
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
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.
- 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.