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You may not see them, but they’re there.
Germs, multiplying in places you’d never suspect. Who knew the washing machine and sink drain could be so gross?
Luckily, it doesn’t take a ton of effort to keep germs at bay.
Start in the kitchen.
Pet toys and bowls are also on the list of the dirtiest items in your house, prone to grow bacteria, yeast and mold. Wash pet toys with hot soapy water (or toss fabric toys in the washing machine), and clean pet bowls daily.
Door handles and light switches
These can get incredibly germy, and they’re not always top of mind while cleaning. When you’re doing a routine clean-up, add a swipe with a disinfecting wipe on all your handles (including the toilet handle) and light switches.
Your toothbrush holder hasn’t been cleaned in a while, has it? Besides taking time to wipe that down a couple of times a week (or running it through the dishwasher), make sure you give other surfaces a disinfecting cleaning on a regular basis.
The laundry room
Towels can become a breeding ground for germs. Make sure you regularly wash towels (and wash gym towels after every workout), keeping bathroom towels separate from kitchen towels.
Be vigilant about washing bed sheets once a week in hot water.
Your washing machine could also use a cleaning. Run it empty with one cup of bleach once a week.
Frequently touched objects
The television remote can get pretty dirty. So can the phone and your computer keyboard. Make sure you regularly disinfect frequently touched objects with antibacterial wipes.
If someone is sick in your house, make these routine clean-ups more frequent to prevent the spread of illness.
And always make sure you and everyone in your household follow good hand hygiene. Hand washing is essential to preventing the spread of germs. Wash more frequently if someone in the home is sick.
Our convenient care options can handle your non-emergency urgencies, such as minor coughs and fevers. Learn more about our Walk-In Clinics and Immediate Care Centers.
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