Written By Paisley Hansen / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
While you can’t control what germs you come into contact with when you go out into the world, you can do a lot to control the germs in your home. Keeping your home clean and sanitary is important to you and your family. In order for you to feel totally comfortable at home, you have to know that it is germ-free.
Here are some tips on how you can keep germs out of your home.
As soon as you walk in the door, washing your hands should be the first thing that you do. Thoroughly washing your hands before you start touching things will prevent you from spreading germs. Don’t just do a quick rinse. Running your hands under water for a few seconds doesn’t really clean them. Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
A lot of germs can live on surfaces for days or even weeks. Make it a point to direct most of your cleaning efforts to the most frequently touched items in your homes. Hone in on door handles, light switches, drawers, faucet handles, and countertops.
Also, in addition to fixtures and furniture, consider what items in your home are touched most frequently. Some of them may be a little difficult to clean and may not have been cleaned in some time. For example, appliances, remote controls, and containers could have germs on them.
In addition to the standard cleaning and tidying up that you do periodically, setting aside some time for a deep clean is a good way to eradicate germs. Get professional help with disinfection services for assurance that everything is germ free.
Professional cleaners who serve both commercial and residential customers and are experienced with sanitization protocols will likely be able to do more thorough and effective work than you could on your own. They’ll also be likely to outperform a regular cleaning company.
Professionals can identify the areas that need the most attention and those which are most likely to be overlooked. This resource is particularly helpful for individuals with physical disabilities who may struggle to do the work themselves, and it’s also great for people who have trouble fitting time into their schedules to clean.
Some germs can cling to fabrics longer than smooth surfaces. Be sure to wash household items besides clothes frequently. Bedding and throw pillow covers that have any type of odor may have germs. This is particularly true of towels. Damp towels can cause bacteria to form more rapidly than dry fabrics. If your bath or hand towels are emitting any type of odor, it’s probably time for a wash.
Not all cleaning products eliminate all germs. While some germs are killed with alcohol, others can be cleaned only with chemical disinfectants such as bleach. Also, bear in mind that diluting a cleaning product too much will diminish its efficacy.
Remember that germs may be present not only on surfaces but also in the air inside of your home. Try to air out your home by opening the windows periodically. Also, be sure to schedule preventive maintenance and cleaning on your HVAC system at least once a year.
All systems’ air handlers need to be cleaned with a special chemical that removes buildup of dust, debris, and mold. You may also need to clean your ductwork periodically. Failing to clean your HVAC system on a regular basis could result in germs, allergens, and other irritants spreading throughout your home. Furthermore, it may make your HVAC less effective or energy efficient.
Attentive cleaning is about more than just making your home look good. Ultimately, putting some time into your weekly schedule to clean and getting expert help for deep cleaning will keep you and your family safe from germs in your home.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, and growing young. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to contact her through Facebook.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.