Change of seasons: 5 Easy Tips to Keep Your Home Germ Free

Last, we talked about keeping our bodies reasonably germ free.

There are also simple things you can do on a continual basis to keep your house from collecting unwanted “guests” in the form of germs and bacteria.

1) Clean the air

Make it a habit to air out rooms daily – and not only if you happen to smoke. Fresh air is oxygen-rich air: a good boost to the human immune system. Also, having houseplants will constantly replenish your fresh air supply. Spider plants, for example, are easy to keep,  decorative and useful. If you have more severe problems that may include sensitivity to dust and pollen, you might consider a commercial air cleaner as a worth-while investment.

2) Clean surfaces as regularly as you clean your own hands

Common surfaces such as door handles – or any other handle, for that matter –  counter tops, table tops, computer keyboards and the like need to be wiped or disinfected regularly. They are the prime exchange stations for germs, because everyone in a household touches them so frequently.

3) Bedding

We spend about 1/3 of every day with it, and so do large number of micro-organisms. Keeping our bedding fresh and washed keeps dust, pollen, pet hair, etc at a minimum.  Also, remember to wash or air out blankets. If you have down feather blankets, letting them air in the sun will not only make them smell fresh, but the sunlight/air mixture will kill bacteria as well.

4) Dust away

Regularly vacuum and sweep, and remember to dust off or wash curtains as well. It may be a good idea to clean one room a day, instead of having a cleaning day once a week. If you live in an area where pets are prone to bring in fleas, vacuuming regularly is even more important. Wash pet bedding, or, if you are in a rush, you can also run blankets and the like through the dryer which will kill any fleas and flea eggs.

5) Prevent the bathroom blues

Mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments. If at all possible, air out your bathroom after a shower/bath. Wipe down tiles with a microfiber cloth. That not only prevents calcium stains, but keeps the room drier. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, let the fan run for a while. Tap your shower curtain or (more gently) shower door, to shake off excess water. Also, remember to switch out your toothbrush regularly. Bacteria can collect even when you shake out your toothbrush and stand it up to dry between uses.

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Dr. Mead is an educator in the dental field, as well as an experienced family dentist with his practice located in Purcell, Oklahoma.
To schedule an appointment or to ask questions, please call:
405.527.6568


 

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