When it comes to cleaning your home, there are some standards you must consider, at least for your health sake!
You may not see the harmful bacteria crawling right on your pillow or the toilet seat you sit on everyday.
But if you wanna see what lives on your surfaces, observe it under blue light or a microscope, they might crawl Teeny tiny bacteria and microbes consisting of viruses, soil, fungi, bacteria, animal dander, pollen, sweat, excretions and skin cells all invade your spaces on a regular basis.
And the boss of all E Coli. can live for a few hours to a full day, while the calicivirus (a.k.a. the stomach flu) can live for days or weeks. So how often should you clean your tub, or wipe down your toilet or change your sheets, before they become a biohazard?
Well, in this article we’ll find out how often you should clean the specific items of your house & the damage related to it if not cleaned!
The most frequently touched stuff in the house, doorknobs accumulates a lot of bacteria! That’s why they need to be cleaned often.
Bacteria aside, the oils on our hands accumulate over time on these small surfaces, attracting even more grime and foreign particles. With flu season coming up, it is important that you maintain clean doorknobs for your home!
Doorknobs in the bathroom and the kitchen are bound to catch a lot more bacteria, so disinfecting them at least once a week might be a good idea, especially if there’s an illness in the house.
Your Dishwashing & Bathroom Sponges
After every few days, your kitchen sponge gets awfully germy, with billions of bacteria on every square inch. But don’t worry about it, most of the bacteria isn’t harmful, at least for a few days.
Your worriness should only come to reality if you have gone past more than a week without cleaning your sponges! So, don’t miss out on it.
Because washing sponges with soap and water doesn’t really work, here’s an easy yet effective way to clean it- Mix 3/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water and soak the sponge for five minutes, then rinse – and that’s it.
But no matter how careful you are about cleaning your kitchen sponges, the thing is they won’t last forever. So, clean them weekly, and toss shabby ones every two to three weeks, depending on use.
The Floor & Rugs
Carpets catch a lot of dirt, dust and other contaminants, no matter how careful you are! Skimp on maintenance, and your carpets can quickly make a room look dingy or even turn it into a health hazard.
Having a cleaning schedule can help you keep your home neat and tidy. It is a good way to stay on track with your cleaning to ensure that nothing in your home goes untouched for too long a period of time.
Thus, give floors & rugs a good wash or steam once every couple of weeks. And ya, go a bit harder on your kitchen floors due to food bacteria that can spread around more rapidly.
Bacteria from food, like E.Coli and Salmonella, can contaminate the kitchen sink, especially if you’ve been handling non-veg.
You don’t even notice that the water which splashes back up onto your hands are contaminated, too. That’s why to stay on the safe side, wipe down your sinks daily.
Yes, daily & don’t miss out on it! Doing this will eliminate your 40% chance of getting sick, that’s how essential it is for your health sake!
Your Sheets, Curtains & pillow covers
The bacteria & fungi along with the dirt and oils sloughed off due to frequent sleep, can cling to sheets and your skin, contributing to acne and dandruff.
After a short period of time, bed sheets become full of dust mites, skin cells and oil, all of which can cause allergies and respiratory problems to flare up.
The same lies with Curtains, Curtains are prone to dust and floating particles. There are some Curtains that require lesser product maintenance as their fabrics are specially treated to repel dust and dirt.
But as a general guide for Curtains, washing them once ever 6 months would clean out the dust particles.
Your bed sheets & pillow cover should be washed & changed every single week!
This were all the essential things you need & should clean but also don’t forget to clean other accessories of your house like pots, TV & any other on a regular basis to maintain the cleanliness.
That’s it guys! That’s all the important info you need to keep in mind to live in a healthy environment at your home.
“When Your Environment Is Clean You Feel Happy, Motivated & Healthy”
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