Bacteria can be found everywhere and therefore it is important to keep your family safe from germs that can contaminate your home and cause nasty infections. Keeping your home germ free will protect your loved ones, minimize the risk of infections, and ensure that your family stays healthy. This does not mean that you have to live in a sterile environment. However, good home cleaning is essential for preventing the spread of bacteria that do not only cause unpleasant smells, but also illnesses.
Germs can survive for long periods of time, up to 48 hours, on surfaces around your home. That is why it is so important to keep household surfaces, door handles and floors, and objects that we often come into contact with free of germs by disinfecting them on a regular basis.
Bathrooms and kitchens are the two areas within your home where germs can spread the fastest, and where extra caution must be taken in terms of sanitation and germ protection.
It is important that you clean surfaces and door handles daily by using a disinfectant. Make sure that your sink is always spotless and germ free as bacteria can easily transfer onto your food, dishes, tea towels and kitchen cloths. Don’t just rinse the sink, sanitize it properly by using bleach or a disinfectant. Wash your hands before preparing meals with a good sanitizer to prevent germs from spreading, and wash food, especially vegetables and meat, before you start preparing a meal. Soak your kitchen sponges, tea towels and dishcloths in bleach to kill germs, and change them regularly. Never leave dirty dishes standing for too long, and wipe surfaces clean directly after accidental spills, before food preparation and directly after meals. Clean out the kitchen dustbin daily and disinfect the inside of the dustbin with bleach. Also make sure that your fridge is cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.
Disinfect all surfaces in the bathroom, especially the toilet. After you use the toilet brush, rinse it properly and dry it before you store it away. Always clean baths, showers, basins and toilets with a disinfectant to ensure optimal germ protection, and keep all surfaces as dry as possible, as germs breed easily in damp. Keep your bathroom dry to prevent mould and mildew from forming, as it is a breeding ground for germs that can be harmful to you and your family. Wet bath mats are the ideal places on which germs can thrive. Wash bath mats weekly and put them out in the sun to dry. Store toothbrushes in a bathroom cupboard as water can splash on them and contaminate them, and never share personal items such as toothbrushes, towels and face cloths with other members of the family. Finally, be sure to always wash your hands after using the toilet.