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5 Tips to Fight Bacteria

 

We all know that bacteria is around us every day. That being said, it does have it’s favorite locations around our house to hang out and grab a bite with it’s other bacteria friends. Here are 5 of the favorite hang outs for bacteria in your home.

The Kitchen Sponge

While food particles and other items cling to sponges and rags, its the moist environment that makes this a favorite spot for bacteria to thrive.

What do I do?

Frequently change your sponges. When your sponge starts to shred or have a gray appearance, it’s time to retire it. Don’t use the same sponge for your dishes as your counters. Use separate colored sponges for different cleaning tasks. This will help prevent cross contamination. You can also clean your sponges in the dishwasher on the top rack or microwave them for 30 seconds and that will kill any germs. Dish rags can be cleaned in the washing machine with warm water and dried in the dryer.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards come into contact with most of your raw food. That means that things like salmonella and any bacteria on your fruits and vegetables can hang out here.

What do I do?

Use a different board for meats and produce. The meat boards will need to be sterilized so give them a rinse in the sink and then pop them in the dishwasher. “Well, I don’t have a dishwasher.” Ok, here’s what you do: Scrub the cutting board in soapy, hot water, and then spray it with a bleach/water solution (use one teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water) to sanitize it. Rinse off the solution and let the board dry. Remember that moisture is where bacteria thrives. When your board starts to crack or develop grooves, its time to toss it, bacteria can hide in there.

Your Toothbrush

I know that is frightening to thin about but think about this; our mouths are full of bacteria. We clean our mouths with a toothbrush so that bacteria can travel onto the toothbrush. Generally they are also stored close to the sink so they are at risk to be splashed during hand washing.

What do I do?

Air dry your toothbrush between brushings away from items like cleaning products that can get onto the brush. Change your toothbrush every few months and always after you have been sick. It is also good practice to rinse your toothbrush with hot water after brushing.

Phones and Keyboards

Everything you touch all day long gets transferred to your keyboard and your phone when you use them. TV remotes are in this same category.

What do I do?

WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!! Wash them often. (Here is a tip for you: Rub your hands together about 10 times or sing the alphabet song in your head. You’re looking for about 20 seconds of scrubbing. Make sure you get all the way back to your wrists and your fingertips.) Wipe down phones and keyboards with alcohol based wipes as needed.

Pets

We love our pets, and so does bacteria. All kinds of bacteria gets tracked into your home on paws and fur from playing and whatever mischief your pet gets into outside.

What do I do?

Brushing your pet’s fur regularly will remove dead fur. Dead fur can harbor bacteria. Wipe your pet’s paws when it comes in from outside. Don’t kiss your pets on the mouth, you have no idea where that mouth has been and make sure to wash your hands after playing with your pet.


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