There are very few people who get genuine pleasure from the activity, but cleaning is just one of the essential chores that you must do around the home. Not only does it make you feel slightly more relaxed on the odd occasion that people show up on the doorstep unannounced, but it also goes some way to keeping your family in good health. There is a real difference in the concepts of “cleaning” and “tidying”, however people often interchange these terms, but they have quite different outcomes.
A quick tidy-up may leave your living room feeling a little less cluttered, but a thorough clean is what makes your space hygienic once again. So if you are looking to get a little bit smarter when it comes to doing jobs around your home, read on to find out where you should really be cleaning to hit the germ hotspots with force…
Focus on: the bathroom
It is not a huge surprise that the bathroom is one of the hotspots in the home for bacteria, but you may not currently be targeting all of the offending areas. For a good read, see here for bathroom cleaning tips, but there are a few here to get you started:
The toilet – this is one of the most obvious bacteria hotspots, however it is likely that you already use bleach or disinfectant regularly. See if you can put similar effort into the other areas in your bathroom.
Bathroom floor – even if it looks clean, the floor in your washroom can be covered in many thousands of germs. The area around the toilet will be the worst affected, but germs can travel a whole six feet when you flush the toilet.
Shower head – there is a type of bacteria found on shower heads that can cause skin infections; it is called pseudomonas bacteria and one shower head can have over three million of them! Unfortunately it isn’t enough that there is water running through the shower head; you will need to use disinfectant too.
Focus on: the kitchen
Another room in the house that is a culprit is the kitchen. Doing the dishes can often feel like enough hassle as it is, but there are some other small jobs that can really make a difference:
Cloths and sponges – did you know that the cloths and sponges you use to wipe counters can contain thousands of bacteria per square inch? This can be worrying especially if you are using the same sponge to wash your dishes. Replace these regularly, or use proper solutions to make them hygienic once again.
Kitchen bin (trash can) – finally the kitchen bin is also worth a mention too. Dirty nappies, food remains, and simply touching the bin can lead to a build-up of bacteria. Therefore it is a good idea to replace bin bags on a regular basis, and be sure to wipe down the lip with a good disinfectant product. You will also want to do the exterior and interior from time to time, just to get the best results.