Ten Tips for Keeping Your Home Germ-Free
During cold and flu season, it is particularly important to make sure your home
is germ-free. Not only will your home be cleaner and smell nicer, these tricks for
keeping your home germ-free will keep you in work or school and out of the doctor's
- Routine Cleaning: Instead of trying to clean your whole house at
once, clean routinely. Cleaning a little every day is the easiest way to keep your
home germ-free. Instead of reacting to dust, mold, and other germs, you can proactively
prevent bacteria from building up in the first place.
- Utilize Fans: High moisture areas are often the biggest breeding
grounds for germs, bacteria, and mold. Using fans in these areas can help to prevent
the accumulation and spread of bacteria and mold by eliminating the excess humidity
and moisture. If you already have fans in these areas, check the ventilation routinely
to ensure it is working properly.
- Wash Your Bedding: Wash all of your sheets, towels, and other bedding
materials regularly in hot water. Dust mites accumulate rapidly in these items,
and you tend to be in contact with them frequently.
Wash all of your sheets, towels, and other bedding materials regularly in hot water.
Dust mites accumulate rapidly in these items, and you tend to be in contact with
- Clean Curtains and Ceiling Fans: Although many people do not bother,
it is very important to vacuum and wash your curtains and drapes and dust off your
ceiling fans. Both of these areas can trap a lot of germs and dust that are not
easy to see.
- Put Down the Toilet Seat: Toilets are some of the most germ-infected
places in your home. Clean toilets at least once a week. Try to put down the lid
of your toilet seat prior to flushing, to prevent bacteria and germ-infected water
from landing on other surfaces in your bathroom, where it can survive for a couple
- Shake Your Shower Curtain: Shaking out your shower curtain after
showering can prevent moisture from building up in your bathroom by causing excess
water to evaporate.
- Separate Cutting Boards: Raw meats may contain dangerous bacteria
such as Salmonella. Although bacteria are eliminated when the meat is cooked, they
can still survive on the cutting board. It is important to use a separate cutting
board for raw meats. Cutting boards should also be thoroughly cleaned after each
use, since bacteria and germs can survive even in the small cracks of the cutting
board. If your cutting board has a lot of deep cracks, think about getting a new
- Store Your Toothbrush: Leaving your toothbrush out in an open dish
on your bathroom counter can cause it to become infected with germs. Toothbrushes
should be stored in separate containers and put away in drawers.
- Disinfect Your Sponge: Sponges are filled with germs and bacteria,
and a simple rinsing will not eliminate them completely. Instead, put your sponge
in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or run it through the dishwasher. Routinely check
your dishwasher to make sure it is running at a high enough temperature to kill
- Change Your Filters: Change your vacuum, furnace, and air conditioner
filters frequently, so that you are cleaning and purifying the air and carpets,
rather than adding more germs and dust.
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advice. The views, opinions, and advice expressed in this article are solely those
of the author and not those of Homesite Group Incorporated. Please consult your
insurance carrier or agent for information regarding your policy or coverages.