Five of the Germiest Places in Your Home

This article is definitely not for the faint of heart or those who do not want to think of the idea that germs can exist in their safe haven. However, if you’re interested in cleaning up your act, here are five places where germs are hiding. Spoiler alert: Your toilet didn’t even make the cut.

  1. Your coffee maker. Did you know that you’re supposed to clean your coffee pot out once a month or so? That’s because the bacteria and mold that grow inside of it can impact the taste of your java. To keep your coffee fresh, run a few cups of vinegar through once and follow up with three or four cycles of water to rinse the vinegar clean. Your coffee will taste better and you may even feel better.
  2. Got enough toothbrushes?Your toothbrush holder. Wood may look nice, but when you’re dealing with things that go in your mouth, it’s better to go with function over fashion. Choose a material that’s dishwasher safe and send it for cleaning a few times a week. In addition, you should always keep your toothbrushes in the medicine cabinet, as many experts suggest they be kept at least 10 feet away from toilets.
  3. Your kitchen cabinets. Think of how much use your cabinets get in a day and you’ll realize that this area of heavy traffic is a perfect haven for germs. Purses, grocery bags and food all find their way onto cabinets during the day and very few of us think to wash thoroughly before preparing food. Even though they may look clean, your cabinets can harbor a variety of germs, so give them a good scrub before putting any food on them.
  4. Your kitchen sponge. I remember being grossed out as a child by the sponge my mother kept in a little china frog by the sink. As if that ratty old sponge wasn’t disgusting enough, the holder she kept it in was prone to growing mildew. If you must use a sponge, keep it out of items that can’t be cleaned in the dishwasher and wash the sponge along with it whenever you do a load.
  5. Your carpets. The average vacuum cleaner can’t reach the bottom of the carpet and that means the area is a breeding ground for bacteria. As a matter of fact, research has shown that there are about 200,000 of the dirty buggers in every square inch of carpet. If you have allergies or are really fanatic about cleanliness, the best advice for cleanliness is to trade up to wood floors. However, if you must have carpet, at least steam clean them every 18 months to kill germs.

If you’d like to learn more about how to stay healthy this season, contact your chiropractic team. They’ll be able to provide you with wellness advice that you can share with your whole family to keep them all safe and healthy.

 

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