I recently read an article about germs lurking in your bathroom, explaining when you flush the toilet before putting the seat cover down, a spray of bacteria and virus-infested water is released into the air, (gross)! The visual this fact gave me was truly disturbing and immediately made me think twice about where I would be putting our toothbrushes in the bathroom that night! If it is that easy for bacteria to live on your toothbrush, where else could it be hiding in your home? There are many places where bacteria can thrive and live around your home, and some of the places might truly surprise you! Take a look at some of the most common places you’ll find bacteria at home, and we’ll give you a few suggestions on just how you can rid yourself of these pesky germs, in a safe, organic way.
Kitchen Sink – We’ve all been there – you are pouring boiling water and noodles into your strainer which is just too heavy to hold with just one hand. So you place the standing strainer into the sink for just a moment until the water is dumped out of the pot. After reading this one, you may think twice before doing that again! Your kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest places in your home due to leftover food particles in your sink. Your kitchen sink is a breeding ground for E. coli and salmonella – and worse yet, your hands can spread it to your food, dishes, pets…the list goes on.
Your Solution: Sanitize your kitchen sink once a day with GreenShield Organic Kitchen Cleaner and make it part of your daily routine. As soon as you load the dishwasher after dinner, disinfect your kitchen with antimicrobial cleansing agents that remove germs and harsh odors from your kitchen.
Sponges – Ever wash your dishes and then when you’re finished you realize your hand has a strange spongy smell to it? The sponges that you use to clean your dishes are actually dirtier than the dishes in your sink! Sponges can hold up to two times the amount of germs you’ll find in your toilet, and they often carry staph.
Your Solution: Change your sponges weekly to prevent germs and be sure to allow your sponge to dry out after each use. You can also throw your wet sponges in the microwave for 1 minute on high power to reduce the chance for germs.
Washing Machine – Have you ever completed a load of towels in the laundry, expecting the smell of fresh cotton when you’re finished, but somehow you realize that you smell a slight moldy odor? Studies have shown that washing machines are a serious germ breeder in your home as they hold germs from fecal matter frum undergarments, as well as E. coli. Front loaders are actually the worst germ breeders due to lingering water sitting at the bottom of the loader.
Your Solution: Separate your laundry into three loads: whites, darks and undergarments using GreenShield Organic Laundry Detergent in Magnolia & Poppy, Lavender or Free & Clear. Once a month, do an empty cycle to free your washing machine of germs.
Dishwasher – Do you ever have to run certain items in your dishwasher twice because of food stuck on the plate or glass? Dishwashers can breed an array of germs, including black yeast along your dishwasher door, (due to the hot water not reaching the door of your dishwasher). The longer food sits on your plates, the higher the probability for germs.
Your Solution: Rinse your plates and cups before placing them into the dishwasher. If you’re not ready to load and are thinking of tossing your dishes into the sink after eating, rinse of residual food prior to placing them into the sink.
Remote Control – Let’s admit it, when we’re sick we lay on the couch all day with a box of tissues and the remote watching daytime TV. After you’re sick, the couch blankets and tissues go away, however all of those sick germs stay right there on the remote. And it’s not just sick germs that linger – think about all the places your remote control goes – anywhere from the coffee table to inside the couch cushions, your toddler’s mouth and on the floor. It gets covered in crumbs from snacks, kids fight over it – you name it, the remote goes through it.
Your Solution: Using GreenSheild Organic Wipes every few days will seriously cut down the risk of germs, and will keep your remote smelling fresh.
Shower – You’d think that the place that you get clean would be the cleanest place in your home. However, your shower and bathtub can easily be one of the dirtiest places in your home. Your shower can carry staph germs, fecal matter, fungi and other molds that surface from growing inside bathroom pipes and drains.
Your Solution: Disinfect your shower after bathing with GreenShield Organic Bathroom Cleaner, especially after baths. After disinfecting, dry the bath with a clean towel.
Keyboard – Think about all of the things your keyboard endures – from grease from snacks at your computer to use after a sneeze and kids playing and doing homework after school. Bacteria, E. Coli and staph infections are very common on everyday keyboards and laptops.
Your Solution: Wash your hands before and after using your computer’s keyboard and also refrain from eating while at the computer. Vacuum your computer’s keyboard regularly, and use organic wipes on your keyboard and mouse.
Remember, there is no point in trying to wipe out harmful germs and bacteria with more harsh chemicals that are harmful to your children, family members and pets. Approach common household germs the right way with our GreenShield Organic products, and create a healthy and safe home for everyone.