How To Minimise Household Germs

Cleaning to minimise germs

Germs are an every day part of life and not all germs are bad but you certainly want to keep that at bay in your home to avoid unnecessary illness. The thing with germs is that they're invisible - so how do you keep them in check? Well, quite often even though the germs themselves are out of sight you'll be able to notice indicators of where they might be lurking. Dirt and mould are a good indication! We're certainly not telling you to bathe in bleach but by following a few simple rules you can minimise your risk of contamination.

The kitchen is a place you really want to keep germs under control because eating affected foods can make you ill. Use a disinfectant on benches and in sinks. These areas are in constant contact with various foods and airborne particles. Make sure you clean wooden cutting boards on a regular basis. A natural cleaning solution for wooden cutting boards is using 1/2 a lemon and rock salt. Scrub this mixture onto the boards surface and allow to sit for five minutes then wash off.

Remember to clean out your fridge regularly. Food drips and grime can begin to grow mould and give off a nasty odour. Baking soda is a natural way of cleaning out your fridge and it can help minimise odours. There's also plenty of products on the market for fridge cleaning. Make sure you throw away old food and check jars for expiration dates.

Cupboards too need cleaning as crumbs, grease and general everyday use can make a mess. This is another good chance to remove food past its expiry. A white magic (microfibre sponge) and bleach are great for cleaning out laminate cupboards. Baking soda is a more natural alternative to bleach and will also provide a good clean when made into a light paste with water. Clean doors and handles too as these get messy with drips from the bench and dirty hands.

Removing rubbish from the home on a regular basis is essential to keeping germs under control. Food waste can 'go off' quickly and create a bad aroma in the home - as well as an infestation of bacteria. Once rubbish has been removed, sanitise your rubbish bins with a disinfectant spray.

Clean out filters around the home including air conditioning, washing machine and dryer and dishwasher. Air conditioning units should come with removable vents that can be dusted or washed and even bleached should they contain mould. Make sure you wash these thoroughly to make sure the bleach isn't circulated back into your environment. Your washing machine should have a filter to remove dirt from clothes - you can imagine how dirty it gets. Make sure this is washed with hot water and disinfectant to stop contamination of clothes. Your drier will gather dust in its filter. This too can be taken off and the dust build up removed. Finally, dishwasher filters get especially dirty with all the food washed off used plates and glasses. These should be removed and washed on a regular basis. Clean dishwasher seals and pull the dishwasher away from the wall as rubbish often accumulates underneath.

Dusting is important in the home as dust can upset allergies and build up to create a layer of grime. Using a dust cloth will grab all the minute particles and adhere them to the cloth rather than making them airborne where they will just resettle again. Using a polish on wood will make things sparkle that little bit more and try a glass cleaner and cloth for dusty mirrors to be streak free. Methylated spirits and balled up newspaper is another glass cleaning alternative.

The secret to minimsing germs in the home lies in regular cleaning. Always make sure your food preparation areas are cleaned with a fresh cloth as a dirty one may spread more germs around. In particular, look out for areas like light switches and handles - areas which hands are often in contact with - and keep these clean.