Since the pandemic, we have had a much greater awareness of a lot of things. One of the things that many people think more about now is cleanliness and hygiene. In workplaces, companies like this contract cleaning Cheltenham based cleaners biggreencleaning.co.uk come in to keep the workplace clean and hygienic. But as well as workplaces and public places being kept clean, it is also important to make sure that your home is clean and hygienic to keep family members safe from unnecessary illnesses.
Of course, not many people want to (or need to!) devote their whole life and all their free time to making their home spotlessly clean with not a germ in sight, but being aware of the main areas in the home that are more likely to be harbouring germs that could cause illness is a good way to make sure that your home is hygienic…
The Kitchen Sink
This is a part of the home that is used regularly and is a magnet for many types of bacteria. As a food preparation area, making sure that surfaces are clean is important, but the sink itself should be paid particular attention to when it comes to cleaning. Rinsing things like salads, fruits and meat into the sink means that bacteria like salmonella and e-coli can be left in and around the sink.
Dish cloths that are used in the sink and for washing up are also key places for attracting germs. The moisture that collects on these as well as the fact that they collect dirt when used to clean things, means that these can also be big bacteria breeding grounds. Clean them regularly in a dilute bleach solution.
As a nation of animal lovers, our pets are truly part of the family. But making sure that your four-legged friend and you are practising good hygiene is important. Bowls should be the first port of call – the mouths of dogs and cats contain a lot of bacteria which can cause illness and they are constantly putting it in their bowl to eat, transferring these bacteria to the bowls. Make sure that bowls are cleaned daily to prevent bacteria from building up and spreading.
Floors and surfaces are other things to think about when you have pets. Wherever their paws are getting they can spread bacteria, so make sure that you use a pet friendly cleaner regularly on the surfaces that they walk on. For pet owners, hard flooring is usually a better option as it is easier to keep hygienic and clean.
Of course, the obvious one in the bathroom is the toilet. However, this is not actually the main culprit of germs in a bathroom, as long as the toilet is cleaned regularly, and you put the seat down when you flush to prevent germs from spreading up into the air.
Toothbrushes and toothbrush holders are actually much worse for harbouring germs. The bacteria from our mouth can collect in a damp, used toothbrush and drip into the holder. Mould as well is an issue so make sure that you change your toothbrush regularly and thoroughly clean toothbrush holders once a week.