The Important Areas You Should Be Disinfecting in Your Home

The Important Areas You Should Be Disinfecting in Your Home

May 14, 2020

For many of us, cleaning is a thing we do out of obligation, not out of enjoyment. Whether you’re cleaning for guests or because things got too gross to tolerate anymore, keeping a relatively clean home is important for your physical and mental health. In fact, there are some incredibly germy areas of your home that probably need to be disinfected right away—especially if you’ve been putting it off for a while.

There are seven major areas that need to be included in disinfecting your Walla Walla County, WA home—read on to find out how to protect your health with these easy cleaning tactics:

  • Handles, doorknobs and light switches: These are some of the most-touched areas in your home, so it stands to reason that they can accumulate a lot of germs. We rarely think about it when cleaning, but the good news is that all it takes is a quick swipe with your disinfecting wipes once per week.
  • Kitchen sink: Twice a week, make it a point to disinfect your entire kitchen sink. Bacteria from raw foods, especially raw meat, collect in your sink as you cook throughout the week. This is a health hazard, and can contribute to the germs you find in your kitchen sponges and dish towels.
  • Kitchen sponges and dish towels: Did you know that you should be replacing your kitchen sponge once a week? That’s because bacteria like salmonella and E. coli can lurk in your sponge as well as any sponge holders you may use. (Unfortunately, microwaving your sponges is not effective at killing bacteria.) You should also swap out dish towels every day.
  • Pet bowls: Pets are lovable, but they also contribute to the germ load in your home. Just like humans, you need to wash their bowls once per day. They can be hand-washed or thrown in the dishwasher, but each week you should sanitize them in a mixture of hot water and bleach for 10 to 15 minutes. (Who knew Fido should have such exacting standards?)
  • Toothbrush holder: Your toothbrush holder (and your toothbrush itself) can accumulate a lot of germs, including strep and listeria. Wash your toothbrush holder at least once per week, whether by dishwasher or by hand, and change out your toothbrush every three to four months.
  • Bathroom faucet handles: Bathrooms are some of the germiest rooms in the house, so it only makes sense that your bathroom faucet handle would bear a lot of that load. If a motion-sensor faucet isn’t in your budget, disinfect your faucet every day.
  • Remotes and electronics: Finally, your remotes and electronics are another high-traffic area. Wipe down your TV, stereo and other electronic remotes once per week, as well as your cell phones, computer mouse, videogame controllers and tablet screens.

Keeping your home healthy and safe is more important than ever. If you need assistance with your weekly cleaning and disinfecting chores, call the team at Supreme Cleaning Services to get help disinfecting your home in Walla Walla County, WA.

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