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5 Places Germs Are Hiding In Your Home

November 06, 2017

Most of us consider our own house to be germ-free, but what we often don’t realise is that, despite all our cleaning, germs are still hiding in our home, in the places we least expect them to. Here are the top 5 places that we tend to neglect and forget are likely to harbour germs, but that we should be aware of if we want to avoid potential infections.

1. Knobs, handles and switches

These are perhaps the most germ-ridden spots of our house. Because we touch them so often, they get dirty extremely quickly but are often forgotten when cleaning. And while it’s easy to assume our bathroom doorknob and light switch to be the dirtiest, we shouldn’t underestimate the germ-harvesting potential of our stove knobs, microwave and fridge handle… researches have proved them to be covered in both aerobic and faecal bacteria – not very hygienic, right? To avoid this, all knobs, handles and switches, even the ones we think look clean, should be wiped weekly with a wet cloth, such as our General Purpose Cloth, which will allow you to remove dirt and bacteria without having to invest in endless amounts of cleaning chemicals.

2. Makeup bag

Would you believe that your makeup bag is actually a perfect breeding ground for germs? The insides of the bag are probably covered in a residue formed of dead skin cells and leaked makeup, which then ends up on brushes and products we put on our face, risking irritations and infections. Moreover, we often forget that makeup products have a shelf-life – it is a good idea to replace them every six months. Our brushes should be kept clean by washing them regularly, as should our case. Using our e-cloth general purpose cleaning cloth is ideal to wipe your makeup bag clean.

3. Toothbrush
Our toothbrush goes in our mouths twice a day, to be put away damp and stored in the bathroom –it would be impossible for it not to harvest germs. Bacteria like the moist and tend to grow on it, which is why you should never store it in a closed case before having let it air out. Moreover, germs from the toilet are sent flying into the air when flushing, landing – among others – on our toothbrush. Is this inevitable? No. Simply, remember to close the toilet lid down before flushing, and soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash to eliminate all germs. You can use our bathroom cloth with extra thick fibres to clean any remaining germs from your toothbrush and it can be kept in the bathroom cupboard for ease. Finally, don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every two or three months!

4. Computer keyboard

When is the last time you’ve cleaned your keyboard? If you don’t remember, that’s not a good sign – it’s probably swarming with germs and bacteria. Because it is so frequently touched and contains tiny cracks, it is a place where germs tend to harvest. Make sure to always shake out any crumbs and dust and wipe it down regularly using a wet cloth to keep it as germ-free as possible. If you're looking for a cloth to wipe over your keyboard, then our general purpose cleaning cloth is ideal.

5.Cutting boards
Cutting boards are another germ-harvesting ground and could cause cross-contamination, especially if used to cut raw meat. If not cleaned properly, the bacteria from the meat will be transferred to any other food being placed on the cutting board – which puts your health at risk. Make sure you always clean your cutting board after using it, sanitising it by spraying it with vinegar and microwaving it for 30 seconds. Also make sure to replace your cutting board as soon as you start noticing deep grooves, as they provide an area for bacteria to harvest. Using our kitchen cloth can help to remove any lingering germs, and you can keep it close to hand under the kitchen sink.

Remember that washing your hands regularly is your best defence against bacteria – hands are easily contaminated, so always wash them with a chemical-free soap and water before and after handling food, after using the toilet, and after having contact with animals, as the NHS suggests.

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