Washing your hands after going to the toilet is a matter of course for all of us. Even as young children, our mother taught us that our hands must be thoroughly washed after every visit to the toilet. However, many of us don’t realize that there are a multitude of other things in our household that are breeding grounds for bacteria. Let’s take a look at which ones they are.
Clicks not just in the bathroom
Are you sure everyone in your household washes their hands when they use the bathroom, sneeze, or prepare a meal? Maybe you don’t. It’s not just the bathroom doorknob that’s full of microscopic bacteria – it’s all the doorknobs in your house if you don’t wash them at least once a week. All switches, keyboards and handles fall into this category as well. You can easily remedy this by taking kitchen paper towels, applying disinfectant to them and wiping down any at-risk surfaces once a week. Every other surface should have a new wipe.
So you get an unpleasant smell coming from your dish sponge after a few weeks that you can’t seem to get rid of? This is the smell from coliform bacteria such as Salmonella or E.coli. While E.coli bacteria are in everyone’s body, and are actually beneficial, they are not allowed to overgrow in the body. And if you wipe down all the surfaces in your kitchen with this smelly sponge, you are spreading the bacteria that causes intestinal problems. Boiling it in vinegar or heating it in the microwave is not really enough. The sponges must be cleaned with a strong disinfectant, or simply replace it with a new one.
Do you use reusable shopping bags? It doesn’t matter if they are cloth or plastic bags. Of course, cloth ones are perfect for the environment, but on the contrary, if you don’t wash them, they can be a threat to your family. You put unwashed food, meat and other products in them. After you unload all your shopping, you fold your bags and hide them at home in the warmth, where you give bacteria the perfect place to grow. The best way to do this is to wash your cloth bag right after you unload your groceries, and if you don’t want to, get a separate bag for meat, eggs, and another bag for other foods. There are other very dirty surfaces in your home, such as your cell phone, TV remote, kitchen cutting board, but the three above are the most inconspicuous.