Now that summer is winding down and the school year is starting up for most over the next few weeks, germs are something that are bound to multiply as kids get around other sick kids and bring the germs home with them from school. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne custom home builder
, shares what the five germiest places in your house are and how to best combat and clean them.
When most people think of the places in their home with the most germs, the toilet seats and trash cans are probably the first things that come to mind. However, did you know that the cutting board in your kitchen has on average about 200 times more bacteria on it than your toilet seat? Shocking for most!
Here are the top give under the radar places germs are hiding in your home, and how you can combat them.
First, as mentioned above, cutting boards area a dirty little secret when it comes to hidden germs. Depending on the material of your cutting board, you can most of the time just throw it in your dishwasher and rid it of bacteria. However, if you happen to have a bamboo cutting board, read the manufactures instructions for special care of them.
Sponges are the next bacteria breeding culprit you will want to watch out for. Although the sponge is the ideal kitchen cleaning tool for wiping down countertops and cabinets, they also love to live in a warm and moist environment, which is also is the main breeding ground for bacteria. However, you don’t have to get rid of all your sponges. Just be sure to microwave your sponges once or twice a week for two minutes, and you will be able to keep any bacteria at bay.
The kitchen faucet is the third-place bacteria loves to hide in your kitchen. Most people don’t even realize how often they can be the cause of spreading bacteria themselves. For example, if you’re cutting up raw chicken on your cutting board, and then turn on your faucet to wash your hands, you have just spread bacteria from the raw meat onto your faucet without possibly even realizing you did it.
Toothbrushes are your next bathroom offender of bacteria. Most people know it is a good idea to get a new toothbrush after being sick, to get rid of the bacteria you had while you were sick but sickness isn’t the only bacteria lurking around your toothbrush. Believe it or not, the toilet is the main cause of bacteria on toothbrushes.
E.coli from your toilet can get onto your toothbrush, if they are kept too close to one another. So be sure to either keep your toothbrush a good distance away from your toilet, or just be sure to get a new toothbrush often.
Lastly, towels are the fifth most common place for bacteria to hide in your homes. Not only do towel also live in a warm and damp environment, but when you use them you slough off your skin cells which live on the towels. This can be dangerous because if you don’t wash your towels often, the bacteria on them from your own skin cells can be transferred back onto your body and cause staph infections. Be sure to wash your towels in hot water at least once a week to prevent this issue.
Keep an eye on these five places in your home and be sure to keep them clean to help you and your family stay well as the colder weather returns in the next few months.
Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder. For more information call (210) 408-9107.