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Dirtiest Places in the House

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Caring for young children means you are a responsible for keeping them safe, happy and healthy – both inside the house and out. A session in the local ball pit might send you scrambling for the hand sanitizer, and the thought of public toilets might kick your anxiety into overdrive and make you wish for the safety and cleanliness of home. However, studies show public toilets are nothing to worry about in comparison to a few surprising germ hideouts on the home front.

Here’s a room-by-room guide on where to find those germs and how to kill them:

Kitchen

One might guess the kitchen trash is the culprit in this room, but in actuality it is unexpected small items that harbor massive germ counts. Kitchen sinks are 100,000 times more contaminated than bathroom sinks, so a swish of daily soap and water is a must, followed by a weekly chaser of a germ bashing detergent.  The faucet itself will shock you with the level of built up grime hiding inside. Unscrew the aerator tip and soak in vinegar, then take a toothbrush to any remaining buildup. Sponges need to be replaced every week or two, but a two minute spin in the microwave will kill most of the germs, viruses and parasites in between switch outs.

While handles of appliances could use a wipe down during daily cleaning, the real culprit usually gets overlooked. Stove dials and oven temp gauges are frequently touched while cooking, especially when hands might be contaminated with germs from uncooked meat and foods. Many can be popped off and soaked in vinegar; clean those that cannot with Q-Tips or a toothbrush soaked in antiseptic cleaner.

Bathroom

A natural assumption is that the throne in the room would be the royal pain to keep germ-free. However, this room also features secret germ hangouts. Replacing a toothbrush on a regular basis or after colds might have become second nature; however, it becomes a moot point when you place these brand new tools into a holder that on average holds several million bacteria cells. The taste factor makes soaking a toothbrush holder in bleach or vinegar a less than ideal solution, so instead opt for a dishwasher safe or cup-style toothbrush holder and add it to the wash on a regular basis.

Boys of all ages might be aim-challenged when it comes to using the restroom, but youngsters having just graduated to the full-sized toilet will end up having an even more difficult time with the art. Floors might get frequently spot cleaned as a result, though the surrounding walls might be forgotten in the effort. Spray the walls and let the cleaning solution sit for a few minutes so the enzymes in the cleaners can do their work before wiping them down.

Bath time is often on a list of duties, but with a quarter of all tubs and showers offering a home to staphylococci bacteria, you might be risking the health of your little ones if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Create a lifetime health habit by letting them help wipe the tub dry and opting for a natural product that contains 3% hydrogen peroxide to let your (appropriately aged) little helper spray down the tub after use.

Living Room

The living room might seem pretty harmless when it comes to germs. After all, you vacuum and wipe down the coffee table, so all is well, right? Not so fast. The power level of the average vacuum cleaner doesn’t reach the bottommost part of the carpet, where an enormous amount of bacteria cells seek refuge. When a crawler spends most of his time with his hands in close contact to this bacteria-filled carpet (and then places those hands immediately into his teething mouth), this can be a big concern. A steam clean every 12-18 months can remove the majority of these cells.

Even if the TV isn’t part of your daily routine with young kids or babies, older kids tend to have more freedom in that regard and toddlers love to play with remote controls – which are often handled by everyone in the house and rarely cleaned. Germs abound, so opt for a disinfectant wipe and rub an alcohol-laden Q-tip between the buttons.

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