1. Electronics – We can’t live without our electronics and they are handled by the whole family. Due to their frequent use they can contain thousands of bacteria. It is recommended that remotes, game controllers, keyboards and phones be sanitized weekly to cut down on bacteria. You can use an antibacterial wipe or a solution specifically designed for electronics. A local maid service may be able to help you with this task.
2.The Kitchen Sink -Often times the kitchen sink contains more bacteria than the average toilet seat. This may be surprising but there is a good reason. We use our sink to clean produce as well as things that have been in contact with raw meat. This combined with moisture and stray bits of food can encourage the spread of germs. To help keep your sink clean be sure to scrub it after cleaning items that have been exposed to raw food. Focus on areas like the drain and garbage disposal where germs can gather. When you have a local maid service come help mention you would like an extra focus on the sink.
3. The Dish Sponge – Sponges may be the dirties items in your entire home. Sponges used in homes often test positive for illness-causing bacteria. The damp material can also be a breeding ground for mold. To clean your sponge place it in the microwave for about 1 minute. The time may very depending on the type of microwave you use. It is recommended that sponges be replaced a minimum of every two weeks
4. Your toothbrush – Thinking about our toothbrush as a home for bacteria may make us cringe but we put germs from our mouth on our toothbrush daily. We also store the toothbrush in our bathroom which is often damp, and the bristles have the potential to become contaminated with airborne bacteria whenever we flush the toilet. There are things that can be done to help prevent this. Closing the lid when the toilet is flushed can cut down significantly on bacteria found in the bathroom. Clean your toothbrush and toothbrush holder weekly by sanitizing it in the dishwasher if it is dishwasher safe. Replace the brush at least once every 3 months and anytime you have been sick.
5. Reusable Grocery Bags- As Californians we all make use of reusable grocery bags. They are great for the environment but they can also be a place for bacteria to grow. A study done by the American Chemistry council showed that on average only 3% of people wash there reusable bags. They should be washed regularly but it is especially important to wash them after they have been used to carry raw meat, vegetables or fruits.