avoid bacteria and viruses at home

Your home can hide bacteria and viruses in some of the most unexpected places. Having a clean, germ-free home environment assists in keeping your family and guests healthy. There are several easy tips to make your home clean and healthy by reducing bacteria and viruses.

Antibacterial Products and Bleach to Disinfect

Cleaning with antibacterial products and bleach kills almost all bacteria and viruses on surfaces. Studies show the highest levels of awful germs are in the kitchen sink and on countertops. The largest contributing factor is preparing meals, especially raw meat. Antibacterial cleaners, or a small amount of bleach and hot water can kill harmful bacteria and viruses. Clean all surface in the kitchen after preparing meals, as well as door knobs and handles throughout the house frequently using these products.

Control the Humidity

High humidity levels in the home can lead to allergens such as mold and mildew. Humidity levels should be between 45 and 55 percent at all times to create a comfortable environment and avoid allergens. A humidity gauge can assist in monitoring humidity levels. Higher humidity levels may require a dehumidifier in the most humid area of the house.

Clean Circulation Vents and Change Filters

Vents that circulate air and heat throughout the house require cleaning and maintenance. Clean vents by removing dust and debris, and vacuum all vents within reach. Most heating and air conditioning units rely on a filter to help clean the air. Cleaning the filter or changing it when suggested by the manufacturer will contribute to a healthier home.

Pest Control

No matter how well you clean and try to keep your home uninviting to pests and rodents, they often find their way in, especially when seasons start to change. Pests carry germs and even viruses. A professional pest control company can eliminate pest by finding them where they hide and protecting your home from them.

Bedding and Curtains

Bedding and curtains can be a good hiding place for germs. Wash your bedding and curtains in hot water to kills any bacteria, viruses and other germs. After removing your bedding, spray your mattress with a disinfectant spray to assist in killing germs.

Cleaning and Maintenance of Cleaning Tools and Equipment

Even though you use tools and equipment to clean, they require cleaning and maintenance as well. Many vacuums have one or several filters to stop dust and debris from blowing into the air. Those filters can be rinsed in warm water and dried. Cleaning tools, such as dust mops and cleaning rags, can be washed in hot water. Mops and mop buckets can be cleaned with a small amount of bleach and hot water. Broom bristles can easily be rinsed clean with hot water and dried.

 

These solutions may seem to add additional work to your cleaning, but all of these simple tips can be accomplished quickly. Many suggestions can be done during your normal cleaning routine. These simple tips make for a healthier environment for your family.

 

Informational credit to North Shore Pest Detective Ltd.

 

 

 

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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