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Cleaning Tips – Germ Proofing your Home

I must point out that I am all for letting my children be exposed to germs and truly believe that they build an immune system from this BUT when you have a poorly family member germs breed and spread around the home quickly and infect other family members. With a few simple steps you can reduce the spread of germs around your home and enjoy a healthier living environment.

What you’ll need:

  • Antibacterial spray
  • Bleach
  • Clean cloths
  • Washer/dryer or airer
  • Dishwasher

Biggest challenges include:

  1. Door knobs
  2. Used tissues
  3. Bedding, towels and living area cushions and throws
  4. Used crockery

Touching of door knobs, stair rails, light switches and the backs of chairs is something every family member does throughout the day and are real hot spots for germs. Therefore sanitising these by applying a spritz of antibacterial spray to a dry cloth will help kill germs on contact and minimise their spread.

Used tissues should be disposed of quickly and not left to fester on soft furnishings, or in my boy’s case, the bedroom floor! If you have a family member with a streaming nose give them a small carrier bag to contain the tissues and dispose of it regularly.

While plenty of rest helps cure an illness, it means cushions and throws in the living area are also hot spots because they have been in direct contact with germs. If you purchase washable covers and throws it takes no time to pop these in the machine to rid them of offending bacteria. The same with bedding and bathroom towels and flannels, put them on a hot wash. It is ideal to have two sets so that while one set is washing the fresh set can be used.

There are a few things I love about owning a dishwasher and the first is the fact that it frees up time and saves my lovely gel manicured nails! But also because it acts as a storage cabinet from unsightly and dirty used dishes. Be sure to put used crockery straight in here so that germs are not spread around the kitchen work surfaces and when full run a hot wash to ensure all the germs are killed.

Lastly you may want to replace toothbrushes that may have come into contact with germs.

I hope you have found these cleaning tips useful!