The toilet is an obvious choice, but other spots might surprise you – the kitchen sponge, the bath tub near the drain and your kids toys for example.
Recent research by the toilet cleaner brand Harpic revealed that some 40,000 germs per square inch can be found on the average toilet handle, while there are 6,000 bacteria per square inch on bathroom taps. These include E.coli, staphylococcus and streptococcus.
The research makes a good case for always flushing your toilet with the lid down. When you flush, an explosion of bacteria-ridden water gets forced into the air. Called aerolization, this phenomenon is made worse by warm and wet conditions, which are common in bathrooms.
Budget Maids certainly recommends frequent bathroom cleaning, using a good anti-bacterial cleaning agent and that you pay close attention to the soap dispensers, the door handles and the light switches in the bathroom, as well as everything else.
In general, the top spots for bacteria in your home are the toilet bowl, the kitchen drain, the bathtub and the kitchen sink. Toys, pet food dishes and the floor area around your toilet (train the men in your household to aim well!) are also where you’ll find lots of bacteria.
Another happy home for germs is the kitchen sponge or counter-wiping cloth. We suggest that you microwave your kitchen sponge on high for 60 seconds every evening to kill off bacteria and germs.
While many people worry about hygiene practices in reestuarants or hotels that they visit, the home is really the worst place for germs and bacteria. Although hotels and restaurants have many people passing through their doors, they also operate strict cleaning procedures. Rooms, for example, with have bathrooms cleaned every day and kitchen staff are trained in hygiene practices.
In addition, hotels and restaurants won’t have family pets wandering round and they certainly won’t have cats jumping up on kitchen surfaces!
A little exposure to germs and bacteria is no bad thing – but bear in mind the top spots for bacteria when you are cleaning your home and pay them extra special attention to keep your family safe and healthy.
Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services Reston, a maid service Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure that we help you tackle the top spots for bacteria in your home and keep your family safe?