The dirtiest items in your home
Have you ever wondered what the dirtiest items in your home could be? Somewhere in the bathroom, like the toilet seat, seems like the obvious answer, right? But, there are far more less-obvious items in your home that contain millions of bacteria.
Yes, the sponge you use every day to wash the dishes can be infested with millions of bacteria. Because sponges are always being wet, they are a breeding ground for bacteria. Failing to clean your sponge regularly can also result in it harbouring E.coli which can cause serious illness. Heat damp kitchen sponges in the microwave for about 30 seconds or place them in boiling water to kill germs. Also try to replace them every two weeks if you are able to, especially if they are used several times a day.
The items we use and touch most often are also often the objects that harbour the most germs. It’s hard to believe, but according to Reader’s Digest, British researchers found that cell phones contained about 120 more units of Staphylococcus (bacteria that can cause severe stomach illness) than a toilet seat. Place a few drops of bleach on a damp cloth or wet wipe and wipe your smartphone down regularly. If you’re unsure, to avoid damage, refer to your specific phone’s user manual.
And if you still don’t believe how unhygienic smartphones can get, read the article: Cell phones vs toilet seats – which is dirtier
To ensure proper sanitation thoroughly clean your chopping board, especially after cutting raw meat. Raw meat is a major culprit in transferring faecal bacteria which originate in the internal organs of animals. Bacteria can grow in the grooves of cuts made by your knife when chopping up meat. After washing your chopping board with dishwashing liquid and water, soak it in a Domestos Lemon Fresh and water solution. Add two teaspoons of Domestos bleach to 3 litres of water and soak the chopping board for 15-30 minutes to get rid of germs and bacteria. Then rinse well, preferably with boiling water.
Bacteria from your hands can be transferred onto your hand towels, especially if you haven’t washed your hands and fingernails correctly. Read this article on how to wash your hands properly