Keeping your home germ-free and avoiding the spread of infections

The floors are shiny, the windows are polished, the countertops are sparkling clean… everything looks spotless. But is it really? Did you know that more often than not, your house still isn’t 100% germ-free?

Those pesky germs are a force to be reckoned with. Somehow, they’ll still find a way to build their own little homes inside your own. So what can you do to lessen the spread of germs and infections?

The Kitchen

The kitchen; where all the food preparations are made and where all the little monsters that live on our countertops, sinks and utensils, continuously multiply and probably have their own dinner parties. Sounds disgusting, but all very true.

1. One cleaning tool doesn’t rule them all

Using the same cloth you use to clean floors for your kitchen surfaces isn’t very hygienic, neither is using the same dish sponge for six months. Try to allocate cloths and sponges for specific uses, like cleaning surfaces, and washing dishes. While you’re at it, try to disinfect or wash each cleaning tool every day to ensure it’s at its cleanest.

2. Chop wisely

Having multiple chopping boards is also essential. You can’t just have one chopping board for the rest of your life – opt for a colour-coded option that will help you distinguish between the ones you use for meat and poultry and veggies.

3. Get the dishes over and done with

Don’t let them pile up! Juices that ooze out of meats, poultry, fish and so on, create the perfect living environment for bacteria. Surely, nobody wants to live like that. Don’t even get us started on the bits and pieces of food left in the sink! Speaking of which, always give you sink and the stopper a good rinse once you’re done washing the dishes!

4. Give your cabinets and shelves a deep clean

Cabinets are often closed spaces that don’t get much airing – this means they may become a breeding ground for bacteria, particularly in a humid place like the kitchen. Keep in mind that you’ll be eating from the plates stored inside and also using cutlery that might be infested with germs. There’s no need to take everything out of your cupboards every week, but don’t let 2 years pass by either. Opening the cabinet doors every once in while probably won’t hurt either.

Dining and living spaces

What about the dining and living areas? Considering these rooms are used on a daily basis to watch television, have dinner, host parties and so on, taking certain measures to keep them as clean as possible is essential.

1. When dusting, working from the top down will save you time

Don’t start vacuuming your carpets, without wiping the walls clean first. The same applies when cleaning coffee tables and chairs, television stands, etc. – if you have one, start by dusting your bookcase first. Especially if you haven’t rearranged your books and belongings in a while, one can only imagine the amount of dust that has gathered along the years.

2. Wipe down what you can't put down

The dirtiest items in your living space are probably the ones you use the most. The TV remote, your phone, coasters. These are all items which see a lot of action, but probably not much TLC. A quick wipe down with a microfibre cloth, or an antibacterial wipe, will help keep germs at bay.

3. Use cleaning products wisely

Refrain from using any harmful chemicals that might damage photo frames, furniture items and your walls. Sometimes all you need is a bit of soap and water. Or you can just brew some homemade cleaning products that are a far better option than bleach!

See? It’s not so difficult to get yourself organised and make sure that you are living in a germ-free environment. By taking the right measures and keeping things as pristine as possible, we think you’ll be okay. Especially if you keep your hands clean by washing them as often as possible! Those little monsters won’t stand a chance.