What are the dirtiest items found in the home?
Monday Sep 23rd, 2019
-Microwave wet sponges once a day for 2 minutes. Replace sponge every 2 weeks.
-Replace rags every other day and wash all rags in hot washing cycle with a touch of bleach.
Kitchen sink and strainer
-Clean the sides and bottom twice a week.
-Fill sink with hot, soapy water and 1/4 cup bleach once per month
-Let sit before scrubbing, draining, and rinsing.
Tooth brush holder
-Mainly since they are usually found in the bathroom.
-Place holders in the dishwasher or wash in hot soapy water twice a week.
-Clean bowls in the dishwasher regularly.
-Or hand wash with diluted bleach solution and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
-The reservoir is a great breeding ground for micro-organisms.
-Check cleaning instruction for your coffee maker.
-A good practice is to clean the reservoir regularly by adding 4 cups of vinegar
-letting it sit for 30 minutes
-then brew the vinegar
-Then run 2-3 cycles with fresh water through the coffee maker until the smell is gone.
Faucet (tap) handles
-Clean faucets daily with disinfectant wipes or spray
-Clean toys regularly.
-Hard toys can be cleaned with soap and water or with a mild bleach solution (as above) and rinsed thoroughly with water
-Soft toys can be placed in the dishwasher or washing machine
-Rinse countertops with mild bleach solution after preparing food.
-Remove knobs once a week and wash with hot soapy water.
-clean after each use with hot soapy water or place in the dishwasher.
-Or a solution of bleach and water can also be used.
Other items which are high on the grungy list:
-Since phones get warm during use, bacteria thrives and gets transferred to our hands, face (eyes, nose, ears, and lips)
-Clean with a disinfectant wipe or slightly moistened microfiber clothe and mild bleach solution
-First turn your computer off
-Vaccuum the keyboard to get particles from the cracks
-Wipe with a slightly dampened microfiber cloth with a mild bleach solution
-use a cotton swab for the crevices
-using a disinfectant spray will kill germs as well
-outside and inside your house or apartment, fridge, stove, and microwave.
-Wipe with a mild bleach solution and micro fiber cloth
-Are full of dead skin, bugs, and dust mites
-Can be thrown in the washer
-Since bacteria grows in the washing machine it should be cleaned as well.
-Add vinegar to your load of laundry if using a public washing machine.
-For a home machines run the washing machine with a cycle of water and bleach once a month
-Do not use your outdoor shoes inside your home.
-When moving into a new home or apartment have your carpets and rugs cleaned and clean the rugs regularly thereafter.
-This items follows you into public washrooms, is placed on the floor in a restaurant, or public transit
-Depending on the material either clean with a soap and water solution or a mild bleach and water solution.
-Do not place your purse on the kitchen counter unless it has just been clean
-Wash in dishwasher or use a mild bleach and water solution
-use to clean and wipe
-use a new cloth every day
-preferred to using cotton rags (more sanitary)
-wash all cloths in washing machine with hot water and bleach
-cleans visible dirt and can also kill potential pathogens
-can be used to clean and disinfect as well however
-some may be harmful to human health (use with caution)
-Having a mild bleach solution on hand can be very useful
|Everyday||200 ppm||1L Water +
|No rinse||Food Contact Surfaces|
|Everyday use||500 ppm||1L Water +
Diaper change tables
Water play tables
or body fluids
|500 ppm||1L Water +
|2 minutes||Bathroom Surfaces
Sink faucet handles
Ext. toilet parts
Wall around toilet
Vinyl mattress cover
|Everyday use||1000 ppm||1L Water +
|Everyday or Major
blood or body fluids
|1000 ppm||1L Water +
|5000 ppm||1L Water +
-Do not mix household cleaners with bleach!
-Be careful - bleach can stain clothing
-Use with rubber gloves, eye protection, and with open windows (Bleach can irritate eyes and lungs)
-Is a good cleaning solution however bleach is better for killing germs
-great for cleaning hard water deposits
-is only effective as a disinfectant if not exposed to oxygen therefore difficult to use