Being caught in the middle of cold and flu season is not my idea of fun. There are even confirmed cases of Mumps in Bozeman so it's natural to start thinking about what we can do to stay germ-free. Maintaining a germ-free home means a ton of cleaning that often seems never-ending. I have compiled a list of effortless ways to keep your home germ-free, and they require almost no effort. Enjoy.
1. Store your toothbrush appropriately.
When you are finished using your toothbrush, you should rinse with HOT water then place it in a glass to air dry, preferably in a cabinet. Bathrooms are full of germs, and an item like a toothbrush will attract them.
2. Create a NO SHOES policy in your home.
Think about all the places your shoes have been. Then think about all the germs they have on them. Do you want to wear them in your house now? Probably not. Create a ‘shoe-free’ zone for your home. Shoes can be left at the door upon entering or carried to their spot in the closet. Don’t let unnecessary germs get into your home on the bottoms of shoes.
3. Wash your linens once a week.
And by linens, I mean all the sheets and comforters. Beds can be an incredible source for germs in your house, so make sure you are cleaning them often. Use the “bedding” setting on your washer and HOT water to sanitize them as much as possible.
4. Use mattress and pillow barriers.
Mattress and pillow protectors help keep your bedding free of germs and bugs while adding an extra level of protection. You should also wash your protectors regularly.
5. Clean your phones and tablets every few days.
My favorite way to clean my phone and tablet is with a Clorox or Lysol wipe. They help kill a ton of germs and let’s face it; after sitting on multiple surfaces, your phone could use a good cleaning. They also make special cleaners for phones and tablets if you aren’t into running a Clorox wipe across your phone.
6. Clean your remote once a week.
Did you notice that hotels these days have little wraps around their remotes letting the new guest know the remote has been sanitized? This new trend is something you can implement in your home to help get rid of germs. Remotes are gross, clean them as often as possible.
7. Disinfect your door handles, light switches, faucets, sinks, and refrigerator handles once a week.
Disinfecting these surfaces could be a personal preference for my home, but I hate flu season, and these areas can carry a TON of germs, so I always have my Clorox wipes on-hand. When was the last time you disinfected your refrigerator door handles? Does this make you want to run home and clean them right now?
8. Put your pet's food dishes in the dishwasher at least once a month to sanitize.
As a loving dog and cat mom, I know how gross our four-legged friends can be, and their mouths are often full of germs. Using the “sanitize” setting on your dishwasher, disinfect your pet's dishes to keep your home and your beloved pets healthy.
9. Disinfect sponges after every use.
Yes, after every use. Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria, and if you are not sanitizing after every use, you could transfer germs from dish to dish. To avoid the transfer of germs, use a mixture of hot water and bleach. Make sure you use more water than bleach. Soak your sponge, rinse and let it air dry before using it again. Cleaning your sponges is an easy habit to get in to and will help you maintain a germ-free home.
10. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN!
Finally, the ultimate tip to a germ-free home is washing your hands. Hot water and soap are your best friend in this adventure, but hand sanitizer is handy to have around as well. A few pumps of hand sanitizer can make a huge difference in your home, and it is incredibly easy to use.
Well, there you have it, effortless ways to keep your home germ free. Let us know if you have any tips not listed in this blog that help you maintain a germ-free home.
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