Are You Hosting Billions of Germs in Your House?

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On January 21, 2013, Posted by , In Home Care, By ,, , With Comments Off on Are You Hosting Billions of Germs in Your House?

Even the tidiest house hosts multitudes of unwanted guests. You can’t see the microscopic moochers, but your next sneeze, sniffle or full-fledged stomach flu might come courtesy of the bacteria and viruses growing by the billions on surfaces you touch every day. Here are 6 top spots where germs lurk and some suggestions for wiping them out. (Hint: Your dishwasher is your new best friend.)

1. Kitchen sponge

The sponge you use to clean with is the germiest thing in your house, says microbiologist Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona in Tucson. “It’s a happy home for bacteria because it’s wet, moist and you’re always picking up food with it” as you wipe up crumbs and spills, Gerba says. Tuck sponges into the dishwasher before you run it — the heat will kill the salmonella and E. coli hiding within. Another option: Pop your wet (nonmetal) sponges and dishrags in the microwave for about two minutes. Be sure to allow them to cool before retrieving them.

2. Kitchen sink

“There’s usually more fecal bacteria in your kitchen sink than in your toilet bowl after you flush,” says Gerba — whereas many people clean the toilet regularly, they only rinse out the sink. But because your sink is often wet, bacteria from uncooked meat products grow quickly there. Stainless steel sinks should be scrubbed daily with disinfecting cleanser. For ceramic or cast-iron sinks, use diluted bleach (1 tablespoon of water in a gallon of water).

3. Cutting boards

Raw meat and even fresh produce can carry E. coli and salmonella, so cutting boards need to be sanitized after each use. Run plastic boards through the dishwasher and clean wooden ones with diluted bleach.

4. The faucet

Water that has been sitting in a pipe all night can become a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause respiratory or stomach illnesses. Run the water for a minute every morning before you shower or fill a glass, says Dr. Kelly Reynolds of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

5. TV remotes, telephones and video game controllers

“What do you do when you’re sick? You jump in bed with the TV remote,” says Gerba. Clean these regularly with a disinfectant wipe to banish flu and cold viruses.

6. Coffee tables

Like to put your feet up after a long day? Odds are you’re sprinkling salmonella, campylobacter and other fecal bacteria on your coffee table, says Gerba. So consider leaving your shoes at the door.

Source: AARP.org

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