Keeping your home germ-free is a massive challenge. Not only can microbes travel into your home through the air itself, but when they arrive, they can make copies of themselves and establish colonies of millions in just a few hours.
Germs are a problem at the best of times, but in a world wracked by coronavirus, homeowners are even more concerned about keeping interior spaces as hygienic as possible.
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Before we look at the secrets of a germ-free home, we should point out that there’s a big difference between a tidy house and a clean one. You could have all your ducks in a row – so to speak – but still have a severe germ problem according to thisoldhouse.com.
Check out this advice for minimizing the number of bacteria, viruses, and fungal particles living in your property.
Correctly Store Your Toothbrush
For years, nobody focused on the microbes that might be thriving on your toothbrush. But then a study came out suggesting that toothbrush fibers are home to thousands of different fecal bacteria – and it grossed everyone else.
Researchers discovered thatwhen you flush the toiletafter pooping, millions of microbes aerosolize. Eventually, some of them settle on your toothbrush, which could potentially lead to infection and stomach trouble.
The investigators, therefore, had two pieces of advice. First, keep your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet. And, second, close the toilet seat before you flush to minimize the spread of bacteria.
Modern-day sanitation is excellent at removing germs from water at the source. However, it still has to travel through miles of pipes before it reaches your home. And once it gets there, it often sits in tanks for hours – if not days – before you use it.
Worldofwaterfilter.com points out that not all processes remove viruses and pathogens from water. So, when you clean with water from the mains, you could be inadvertently spreading infection.
If you want a germ-free home, allowing shoes into the house is a big no-no. When you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. The soles of shoes come into contact with the ground. Then, when you walk into your property, all the microbes rub off on the floor and take up residence.
Keeping shoes in a rack by the dooror on the porch is perhaps the safest option. Otherwise, your only option is to continuously deep-clean your carpets – and that’s no fun.
When it comes to the spread of germs, our hands are probably the worst culprit. We use them to touch both surfaces and our faces – the point of entry for most microbes into the body. Regular handwashing, therefore, is critical for preventing the spread of germs around the home.
While many people choose hand sanitizer, I prefer good old soap and water. Hand sanitizer is great when you’re not at home but opt for washing your hands whenever possible.