The interior of our homes are meant to be a space where we can relax and enjoy our time without worrying about how clean every surface is. Follow a few simple tips to sanitize every part of your home. So that it is clean and safe for your family. It could mean the difference between staying healthy and harboring germs and bacteria in our homes.
Don’t Forget to Sanitize the Doorknobs – Especially for Bathrooms
There are many different areas of your home that should be high on your list of cleaning priorities. One of the most important areas we often forget are doorknobs. A survey performed on behalf of House Beautiful showed surprising results when it comes to bathroom door knobs and toilet paper holders. Around one in ten British respondents had never cleaned their bathroom doorknob. Meaning germs and bacteria were passing between users every time they opened the door. Now just imagine how many more germs are getting spread whenever someone lays their hand on a toilet partition’s door in a public restroom!
The process for cleaning doorknobs is the same as many other surfaces in your home. The first step being the removal of dirt, dust, and any visible marks. Hot, soapy water is the best bet for this part of the cleaning process, followed by the use of a disinfectant. Making sure all germs and bacteria have been removed. Disinfectant options include wipes, sprays, isopropyl alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide.
Clean the Bathroom Floor
When we look to clean our bathroom, how often do you consider the bathroom floor? Some studies have shown flushing can result in a spray taking liquid up to six feet from the bowl unless the lid is closed. Although you may keep your toothbrush well away from any danger, you can often find yourself forgetting about the dangers lurking on the bathroom floor.
The first step is to remove all the dust and debris from the bathroom floor. The area around a toilet is one of the most important for thorough cleaning. Many people are getting away from the usual mop and bucket when cleaning the bathroom floor. Instead, a tried and trusted way of sanitizing the floor is to use the natural properties of vinegar. A mixture of 1/4 cup of vinegar mixed in a sink full of water with one tablespoon of dish soap. Using a cloth rag means the rag can be washed or disposed of immediately after washing. Other options for cleaning the bathroom floor include using bleach or disinfecting solutions to replace the vinegar for a more powerful sanitizing solution.
Dish Drying Racks Can Have Major Mildew Buildup
There are some areas of our homes where we spend a lot of time, but we do not often consider cleaning because they are often moved. One of the most difficult to clean is the kitchen sink. The dish drainer is often dirtier than we can imagine. If a dish sink drainer is left unwashed or sanitized it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mildew. These can be passed along to each dish dried on the board.
When looking to sanitize a dish drainer it is important to take the time to empty and breakdown each part. Allowing your cleaning products to work correctly. The cleaning solution should be created by combining 240ml of white vinegar with two gallons or a sink full of warm water. The sink should be full enough to fully submerge the drainer. Allow every part of it to be soaked for upwards of 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes are completed, scrubbing any stubborn stains or grimy areas. Making sure they are completely mildew-free before returning them to use.
Getting Ready to Clean and Disinfect Your Home
With the current global crisis, cleaning and disinfecting one’s home regularly has reached a new level of importance for all families. People should keep themselves protected even when cleaning their own homes, especially because they will have to deal with surfaces and items that could carry disease-causing germs.
When cleaning their homes, people should equip themselves with proper protective gloves for cleaning, preferably the disposable ones; a face mask to filter dirt, dust, and fumes from chemical cleaners; and a long-sleeve shirt and pants to protect their entire body. Wearing proper protective equipment will help prevent skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other potential health hazards.
Remember to Sanitize the Handles and Pulls
When you are looking to sanitize your home, whether it be a kitchen or bathroom, never forget the areas of your rooms that are used most. For example, every time a family member wants to look in the fridge they have to use the handle and pull the door open. This leaves a lot of bacteria and germs sitting on the surface of these areas. These are passed along every time another person uses the handle. A disinfecting solution using vinegar can be used. Many people simply look to use disinfecting wipes to clean the handles, pulls, and knobs.
Tiles Harbor Dirt and Grime
Home designs often feature tiles that are used in high traffic areas for floors and walls. After some time, most of us will see our tiles begin to look a little dirty. A high possibility of mildew growing on the grout between each tile.
Commercial grout cleaners are available that remove this dirt and grime to restore the surfaces to their earlier impressive look. However, if you are looking to sanitize your tiles and grout, you can use a mixture of two parts baking soda to one part water. That will not damage the materials that were used to create the tiles.
Remote Controls can hold Bacteria
One of the most used appliances in any home is the television. The remote we use is held by multiple people throughout each day. We do not often consider how to clean this vital part of our home entertainment system. Cleaning and sanitizing a remote control is often best done with a cleaning wipe.
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