Germs can be found almost everywhere, and often in some unexpected places, such as in restaurants, computer keyboards, door handles, and an endless list of other places. Since there is a never-ending list of objects that germs love, here is a list of the objects they particularly love:
Public bathroom door handles
Unfortunately not everyone washes their hands properly after relieving themselves, meaning the door handle gets its fair share of germs on a daily basis. The best way to avoid these nasty germs is to palm an extra paper towel after washing up and use it to grasp the handle when leaving.
Waiters hardly ever wash off restaurant menus, meaning they are a breeding ground for all different types of germs. This is particularly true for restaurants that are popular, with hundreds of people handling the menus each week. Make sure never to let you’re the menu touch you plate or silverware, and wash your hands after placing your order.
This goes hand in hand with public bathroom door handles. Those that do wash their hands still leave a trace of fecal bacteria on the soap dispenser before washing their hands off. It is recommended that you thoroughly scrub hands under hot water for at least 15 to 20 seconds in order to get bacteria off the hands. You could even use an antibacterial wipe instead of touching the soap dispenser at all.
Bacterial count on grocery trolley handles is shown to exceed that of the average public restroom. For this reason, many supermarkets have made disinfectant wipes available for you to wipe the handle off with – make sure you do this before beginning your shopping to avoid contact with these germs.
Household cleaning products such as Dettol’s Hygiene Personal Care Wipes are perfect to carry around for situations like the above-mentioned. They are small enough that they won’t be a nuisance to keep on hand, but have the disinfecting power to kill 99.9% of the germs you encounter.
Make sure to follow the directions on the labels of any cleaning products. Don’t forget to test your product in a small area first and take any necessary safety measuring before using it.
Home owners are careful as to what cleaning products they use around the house and sometimes water and soap won’t work. This is where cleaning products are needed to keep the home hygienic. Germs can make people at home ill and bacteria spread rapidly in a short period of time. Good quality disinfectant wipes and spray can kill 99% of these germs leaving behind very little that isn’t dangerous to our health.
What areas in the home need disinfectant household cleaners?
The highest risk areas in your home are the bathroom and kitchen where there are handles and cupboards that are easily effected by germs. E. coli bacteria originate from raw meat, listeria from cheeses, and salmonella from chicken and raw eggs. In the bathroom, waste particles can stick to the hands, which can then be transferred to the flush and the door handle. Viruses such as the flu, rotavirus, and rhinovirus cause muscle aches, vomiting, and cold symptoms, respectively, and can also breed well in bathrooms due to the warm, steamy atmosphere. As work surfaces and handles can’t be washed in a basin of hot soapy water, antibacterial spray and disinfectant wipes are ideal for these areas.
Regular disinfectants should be added to every homeowner’s weekly cleaning schedule.
In the kitchen: Work surfaces should be treated with disinfectants after each food preparation, and hands can be washed with an antibacterial soap after touching any raw meat or eggs. Refrigerators and cupboard handles should also be cleaned on a weekly basis.
In the bathroom: Get into the habit of using a disinfectant spray or antibacterial wipe on the toilet flush and door handle, each week, as these are very high risk areas.
Disinfectant sprays and disinfectant wipes can be used for different areas to eliminate as much bacteria as possible. Treat your kitchen work surfaces with a disinfecting cleaner after every food preparation. Cupboard and door handles should be disinfected on a regular basis.