There’s no place like home. That also goes for the breeding of disease-causing germs and parasites. Good hygiene is very important to keep yourself healthy and protected from infectious diseases. But even if you’re personal hygiene is perfect, you’re still at risk of coming in contact with dangerous germs if your home and surroundings are not maintained properly. Here are some interesting facts about home hygiene:
Just because a surface is ‘clean’ doesn’t mean it’s not contaminated
While it’s true that routine cleaning of the floors and furniture may help prevent exposure to harmful microbes, it’s also important to conduct such cleaning at critical times (like when a sick person just touched the door knob or sink, or someone threw up on the floor, etc.). Getting a through professional deep cleaning after there’s been the spread of a certain sickness is also a good idea. With HouseJoy you can even do targeted deep cleaning like a certain bedroom or bathroom.
Certain surfaces are most responsible for the spread of harmful microbes
There are certain spots and surfaces that keep the chain of infection going. Good hygiene practices for these spots have to upped on a regular basis and especially during times when they are most likely to spread. These are the main surfaces responsible for the spread of infection:
- The hands
- Hand-contact surfaces
- Food-contact surfaces
- Cleaning cloths
Kitchens and bathrooms need special care
The kitchen and the bathroom are where a lot of dangerous elements coexist. The bathroom is where we rid our body of it’s waste and the kitchen is where food is prepared, alongside the waste areas – garbage and sink. Both these spaces have high heat and humidity which help in the production of bacteria. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly clean both the bathroom and the kitchen along with all the cleaning objects. Both rooms need ventilation and all rags and towels need to be dry.
General Tips of Hygiene
Bin care: All dustbins (especially the ones in the kitchen) can be a breeding ground for bacteria because of the food spillage. Pick a bin with a lid and use a waste bag that can be tied up. Always wash your hands after any contact with the bin.
Living room: Remotes, door knobs and light switches should be cleaned and disinfected, especially when someone’s been ill.
Clean sheets: Bed linen should be changed at least once every two weeks and the sheets have to be washed at 40°C.
Just like you wash your hands regularly or cough into your elbow, make these home hygiene practices also a habit and you’ll find yourself (and family members) getting sick less often.