Many people think that the bathroom toilet seat is the place in the home with the most disease-causing germs. In fact, the kitchen is the hottest spot for germs but every room in the house presents its own set of challenges.
In the bedroom, for example, dust mites mostly live in mattresses, pillows and carpets. They thrive in high humidity and areas where human dander (dead skin flakes) are located. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that love dust because it contains particles of plant and animal material that they eat. While dust mites aren’t disease carriers, their droppings can trigger a range of allergy and asthma symptoms.
MOLLY MAID, the home cleaning experts, has some pointers on home hygiene, just in time for spring cleaning. These hints are taken from the MOLLY MAID Cleaning Handbook, published by Penguin Group Canada, which will be available at bookstores across Canada this May.
- Sponges are the biggest culprits for harbouring germs. Use microfibre dishcloths instead. Dish towels could also be contaminated with a variety of bacteria so keep a fresh, clean supply on hand and change regularly.
- Damp dusting is the best technique to trap dust particles. The cloth should be just damp enough to pick up dust without leaving moisture streaks.
- Airing out your bed is now recommended by health experts. Open a window and turn back all the covers. After twenty minutes, the air in the room will have been exchanged and the mattress and linens will be fresher and drier.
- In the bathroom, don’t forget to clean tap and toilet handles. Contain germs by closing the toilet lid before flushing.
- Mildew thrives in the bathroom. It can appear on your loofah, plastic duck and shower curtain. Throw out the loofah but the other items can be de- bugged with a paste of baking soda and water. Rub over the mildew until it comes off.
- Kids’ toys can become contaminated with all kinds of nasty things. Wash plastic toys in warm, soapy water. Soft toys can be tossed in the washing machine.
- Give the compost bucket and garbage can a good cleaning on a regular basis with disinfectant and water. Wash your hands after touching dirty garbage bags.
- Old pet food attracts bugs and vermin so keep your pet’s eating area clean every day.
- Door handles, drawer handles, telephone mouthpiece and keypad, keyboards, switch plates, faucets and toilets are some of the biggest culprits in transferring germs. Clean with a damp cloth and an all purpose cleaner or disinfectant.
For more MOLLY MAID cleaning tips, visit the Cleaning Tips page on their website.
MOLLY MAID is the largest Canadian-based cleaning company in the world with global sales in excess of $200 million (Cdn). Adrienne Stringer, a nurse, and her husband Chris founded the company in Mississauga 30 years ago. Today, MOLLY MAID operates in seven countries on three continents including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Portugal.