The 5 Places in Your Home With The Most Bacteria ( And How to Tackle Them)

Everyone wants a clean home to live in. However, our home often harbor dangerous creatures that the naked eye can’t see. These creatures are known as microorganisms, and the most dangerous are molds, bacteria and viruses.

It’s not easy to get rid of them as they’re invisible, but knowing where they lurk can help you keep you and your family healthy. Being safe from infection means paying attention to these places at home:

1.The Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink is where dirty dishes and utensils get washed, as well as your raw ingredients. It’s therefore no surprise that your sink is exposed to things like oil, bits of food, raw meat particles and more. Bacteria tend to thrive on these things, especially down the drainpipe and at the corners of the sink.

What can you do?
Wash down your sink with a good scrub using a scouring pad and a kitchen scrub detergent ( either powder or cream form) at least once a week. After rinsing off the detergent, pour quarter of a cup of antibacterial solution down the sinkhole. You can make your own antibacterial solution by mixing bleach and water at a 1:1 ratio.

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2. The Rest of the Kitchen

Needless to say, the kitchen is a favorite spot for many bacteria, due to the fact that there are bits of food and oil all over the place. Your kitchen counters can be home to germs that feed on oil splatters and other spills. Your stove area is especially vulnerable to this, and may be home to bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Apart from that, chopping boards and dish sponges also have a tendency to promote bacterial growth, since they come into contact with food particles the most.

What can you do?
Kitchen counters , chopping boards and stoves should ideally be washed with soap and warm water after each cooking session, as well as the area around the stove that’s exposed to oil splatters. Sponges should be rinsed and dried every night after the last dish is washed. If they get smelly, microwave them on high for 1 minute to kill off the bacteria causing the odor.

 

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3. The Bathroom

Bathrooms are constantly damp, and this creates the perfect place for mold to grow. Molds and mildews can overrun your bathroom walls and encourage other microorganisms like bacteria to grow along with it. Another spot in your toilet that’s pretty vulnerable to harboring bacteria is the faucet or tap. This is because everyone touches the taps with their unclean hands after using the toilet.

What can you do?

Faucets handles should be wipes down every two or three days with anti-bacterial wipes or using a piece of facial cotton soaked in anti-bacterial solution ( like Dettol). Walls that show mold growth in the form of dark or greenish spots should be scrubbed down at least once a month.

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4. The Garden

Soil is one of the richest sources of bacteria and molds. This means that an unkempt garden can host a lot of potentially infectious bacteria. These bacteria can cause problems if you’re gardening with a wound that’s still open or healing.

What can you do?

Always wear gardening gloves, and bandage up any open wounds you may have when working outdoors. Additionally, keep your tools clean by washing them under running water after every gardening session.

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5. Pet Items

If you have a pet at home, you’ve got to be extra careful. Their toys, sleeping areas, food and water bowls, as well as the places they like to hang out at, can come into contact with their saliva. A study on pet items have found that they’re full of staphylococcus, yeast and mold which can cause respiratory infections in humans.

What can you do?
Put your pet’s fabric based toys  and sleeping cushions in the laundry one a week and make sure to dry them thoroughly before giving it back. All bowls and rubber based toys should be washed at least twice a week with detergent and warm water.

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Emergency accidents like a pipe leak, spills on your carpets and the like can also cause a proliferation of germs at home. The longer you leave it, the more bacteria will grow. For large and serious cleaning jobs, try and call on the professional cleaners who will know the best way to disinfect your home for a cleaner and healthier living space.


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