Germs are everywhere and germs can breed quite fast if they are met with right temperature and nutrients. That’s why symptoms of illness show up so quickly after an infection. Not all germs and bacteria are harmful as some can help even strengthen your immune system. However you do need to protect yourself and your family some of these harmful germs that are found in your house such as yeast and mold, E. coli, fecal matter, salmonella, and staph etc.

Germs can spread from person to person and person to surface. While infections can happen anywhere, here is list of worst germ laden culprits in the house and find out how you can protect your family.

Kitchen sink

Kitchen sink is one of worst breeding ground for germs including E. coli and salmonella. With all the dirt and uneaten food that goes in there and rinsing fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat and fish all in one place means lots of bacteria in and around the drain. We all also rinse pots, pans, pet bowls in the very same spot. Most people rinse their sinks only with water and assume they are clean.

To completely clean and sanitize your sink and prevent spread of germs, wash it using bleach based cleaner once a day. Another option is to use white vinegar to sanitize and to remove any stubborn stains or spots. Just make sure to always rinse your sink well after cleaning it. Then wash your hands.

Kitchen sponge

Sponges makes it easy to wipe and clean spills and messes but they also become the  breeding ground for most bacteria and germs. As they stay wet long after use providing perfect environment for germs breeding and with other millions germs attached to it from countertop, sink, and stove, making it bacteria-infested minefield.

Cleaning and disinfecting sponge is easy. Toss in damp sponges in the microwave for a minute or two which kills bacteria up to 99% reducing bacteria, mold, and yeast counts.

Knobs, handles and switches

When people are assuming bathroom doorknobs are dirtiest, countertops, refrigerator handles, doorknobs, stove knobs and light switches are a few less-than- obvious places for germs.

You can clean these spots once a week with disinfecting wipes. It’s ideal to use a new wipe for every spot instead of reusing the same one.

Bed sheets

Bed sheets are also laden with bacteria and germs that is transferred by you. When you climb into bed, all the germs you came into contact with that day are also climbing in with you.. May be some germs are harmless and help strengthen your immune system but that doesn’t mean you should never wash your sheets.

It’s good idea to change your sheets once a week. Wash them in warm or hot water with a regular detergent. Bleach or a bleach-alternative is also a good way to keep them sanitized.

Your Toothbrush

You put it in your mouth twice a day, do you ever think of all germs lurking on it? Do you store your toothbrush on the bathroom counter or put it away damp? When you do this you are making it perfect breeding ground for bacteria and considering air borne bacteria from your toilet, it’s time to reconsider.

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months. To keep your toothbrush as clean as possible, keep it as far as possible from toilet, place it where it can air out and dry between uses and close your toilet lid before flushing.Finally, don’t share your toothbrush with anyone,and avoid storing it in a communal cup or container.

Your Makeup

Makeup applicators act like sponges and harbor germs that can lead to skin and eye infections. You may not need to completely dispose your cosmetics however take steps to make using them more sanitary. For example, replacing your powders and eye shadows every two years, foundation every year, and mascara every three months. Wipe your applicators and brush with alcohol and do not share your makeup with others.

Your purse

Studies have shown a woman’s purse can not only play host to germs such as E. coli and salmonella, it could contain trace amounts of fecal contamination as well.

To help keep your purse clean, do not put it on the floor of any public place, such as the train, bus, or public restroom. Wipe it down every day with an alcohol-based sanitizer.

Computer keyboards

Most homes have multiple people using keyboards, even if there is more than one computer in the household; it is unlikely that only one person uses it. And even if that is the case, it is even more unlikely that keyboard is regularly cleaned.

Be sure to wash your hands before and after using your computer and regularly wipe the keys with alcohol or bleach wipes, but nothing too wet.And don’t forget to wipe the mouse.


How to protect from germs

Lots of germs are harmless; many are even good for your health. But you can help protect yourself from those that aren’t by keeping your hands clean. Your hands come in contact with many different surfaces and thus transfer bacteria and germs to your eyes, nose, and mouth. They can also transfer germs to others.

Let’s face it — our hands are dirty bacteria transmitters. They are the common link in spreading germs. Wash your hands front and back, as recommended by the CDC, for 15-20 seconds with regular soap and water. Hand sanitizer gels can also be used to kill germs, but they should not replace hand washing.Hand sanitizers can build up on the hands, so you should wash your hands the regular way after every fourth use.

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