8 Facts About Bacteria and Germs in the Average Home That Will Make You Want to Clean Everything
Do you consider your house clean? Are you a neat freak or germophobe? Science has come a long way in teaching us the effects that bacteria and germs have on our health, making cleanliness something that most of us grow up understanding is important.
But no matter how clean you think you are keeping your home and your body, bacteria and germs are resilient little buggers. Here are 8 facts about these microscopic organisms that will make you rethink the way you are keeping your home clean.
8 Facts About Bacteria and Germs to Make You Squirm (and Clean!)
It’s a fact of life: germs are everywhere. Bacteria thrive in your mouth and throughout your body, hang out in your food, and are almost any place you touch.
They spread from person to person and from a person to a surface. Even with proper germ safety in place, you can spread bacteria to another person or thing.
How germs spread and thrive are based on a number of factors. The surface type of an item, your living habits and hygiene, your daily lifestyle and how you take care of your home and body, and the cleaning procedures that you use will influence how much bacteria you have in each area of your house.
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You’ll never get away from bacteria fully, and in many cases, you don’t want to. There are good and bad bacteria and germs, and these little creatures have been responsible for some of the greatest scientific advancements in health in history.
But that doesn’t mean you need to encourage the germs to stay in your home. Use these 8 facts to get to know the germiest areas of your house and focus on keeping those locations thoroughly disinfected and cleaned!
- Your kitchen sink is the worst offender. Did you think the bathroom was the germiest place in your house? Most people do, but surprisingly, it’s the kitchen sink that wins this award.
Studies show that the sink drain is the dirtiest place in the entire house. In fact, it’s cleaner to eat from your toilet than your sink drain. Running in a close second, though, for the most germ-infested item in your home is your kitchen sponge, so you may want to rethink how you clean your kitchen.
- Your own desk is a bacteria collector. Unless you are constantly cleaning your phone, keyboard, mouse, and other commonly used items, you’d be better off working from your toilet.
Yes, the average office desk has approximately 400 times more bacteria than a toilet. Think about that when you eat at your desk next time or cradle your phone to your face with your shoulder.
- Cutting boards are a breeding place for bacteria and germs. Many cutting boards never fully get rid of the dangerous bacteria on the food we place on them. Mold, yeasts, and coliform bacteria continue to grow even after the board is washed. To prevent this, be sure you clean the cutting board in a dishwasher or with very hot water and soap, and then clean them again before using them.
- Sticking to the kitchen theme, your kitchen counters harbor all sorts of germs. Do you still think the bathroom is the worst place in your home? In addition to your sink, your kitchen counters are infested with germs.
More than 30% of kitchen counters are loaded down with coliform bacteria or mold. You can eliminate this with certain types of cleansers, but a simple rinse of soap and water isn’t going to cut it on this one.
- You carry germs with you and spread them when you walk across your floors. As a bee spreads pollen simply by traveling along its merry way, you spread germs by walking across dirty floors.
The bacteria and germs that were located in one room of your home will now breed and infest the rest of your house if you don’t keep your floors clean. Give your floors a brilliant shine or regularly deep clean and vacuum to prevent spreading bacteria.
- Pet toys are full of bacteria. You may have heard that dog germs are good germs, but when it comes to pet toys, the bacteria they harbor can be comprised of staph, mold, and yeast – not anything you want to have to contaminate your house, especially if you have little ones who like to play with those toys, too.
- Your bathroom isn’t safe, either. Yes, your kitchen is number one for the germiest area in the home, but your bathroom isn’t immune. Your shower tub drains, and faucet handles are hotspots for germ growth.
One of the worst places in this room is your toothbrush holder, though. Keep your bathroom clean with bleach or a similar cleaner, wipe those handles down with disinfectant, and use a toothbrush cover.
- Your makeup brushes and applicators need to be cleaned regularly. If you use makeup at all, you know that you take your brushes and use them directly on your skin, eyes, and mouth. If you don’t clean them regularly, though, you are setting yourself up for bacterial infections.
To prevent excessive buildup of bacteria and germs on your makeup applicators, keep them in a clean, dry space. Store them at room temperature and wash them at least once a week. You can use makeup brush cleansers or simple soap and water.
Follow the makeup guidelines for replacing your cosmetics, too. Products like mascara have a limited shelf-life and should not be used beyond the recommended time or they can cause infections. Additionally, if you do get an eye infection, throw out all of your eye makeup to avoid a repeat case once you’ve healed.
Germs, Germs Everywhere!
There is no place in your house where you can fully escape germs. However, by understanding where they are and how they spread, you can prevent unnecessary growth.
Keep your house clean using disinfectants, bleach, or natural cleaners, and regularly wash sponges, makeup applicators, bath mats, and other items that harbor and breed bacteria.
You don’t have to live afraid of germs at all times, but you should have a healthy daily regimen in place to keep them at bay. Now that you know where they hang out, be sure those areas are cleaned thoroughly and regularly, and then go enjoy your day!