How often do you clean/change your washing up cloths and tea towels at home? Sometimes days or weeks possibly? If you are using dirty cloths, brushes or sponges to clean your dishes and wipe down kitchen surfaces this could be allowing germs thrive. Also wet cloths and sponges produce bacteria 20 times faster than when dry making them a perfect breeding ground for germs.
Start getting into the habit of throwing them in the bin after a couple of days or even better pop them in the wash to clean.
Try to keeping pets off kitchen work surfaces as this will also help reduce the chances of spreading germs and disease. Also As position cat litter trays, rabbit hutches and fish and reptile tanks away from the kitchen or dining areas in your home. Use separate utensils, for dishing up pet food, and providing your pet with their own food and water bowls also keeps germs at bay.
Try and replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Most importantly when you have been poorly. If it’s next to other family members’ toothbrushes, you may want to replace them as well.
The Toilet Seat
Always close the toilet seat when you flush to avoid particles from the toilet bowl being thrown into the air and onto surfaces and toothbrushes near the loo.
Mould can often be found in many houses but usually in bathrooms and kitchens where there is more chance of moisture. Condensation or damp is the main contributor and can be reduced by opening windows, drying down windows and avoiding drying washing without ventilation. Mould can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
Dust mites are microscopic bugs that thrive on the humidity and with the average person losing approximately ½ pint of sweat every night that makes one very dirty mattress but a lovely home for the mites! These creatures are also largely responsible for triggering asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
The bad news is that’s it’s very difficult to get rid of them completely without removing all fabric from your home, however, you can reduce their harmful effects. Try and vacuum clean all fabric areas and carpets weekly, wash and dry all bedding weekly.
Try and vacuum your home at least once a week thoroughly. Make sure the hoover is working efficiently and the bag is not full. This could actually be blowing dust back out into the room! Empty it always outside to avoid germs and dust entering the atmosphere again.
Using HEPA filter vacuum is the best way to filters the air particles as you go so when you look at buying a new vacuum cleaner it would be worth a look to see if these are a feature.
Time for Spring Cleaning the House we think!