The Cleveland Clinic recently released a graphic on the five germiest places and how you can clean them. Some of them are locations we’ve mentioned before; others are new to our blog. Today, we’re going to discuss their list and offer tips on how to clean those areas to keep yourself and your family healthier.
1. Office Faucet Handles: A study found high levels of contaminants on 75% break room sink faucet handles. Make sure to include faucets in your daily cleaning routine. Spray them with disinfectant and let it sit for several minutes before wiping it off. To avoid spreading the germs, wash your hands immediately before eating. Use a clean paper towel to turn off the faucet.
2. Kitchen Sponges. Kitchen sponges are among the germiest places in your home or business. To clean and sanitize them, place wet sponges in the microwave for two minutes daily. You can also clean your sponge in your regular, hot water dishwasher cycle.
3. Shopping Carts. Studies have found bacteria on the majority of shopping carts. Sources are anything from raw meat drippings to fecal matter. Use a sanitizer wipe before you start using your cart. Many grocery chains now offer complementary wipes near cart storage areas or you can bring your own.
4. Reusable Shopping Bags. Many people are going green and carrying their own bags when they shop. The problem is that most of us don’t disinfect them. Researchers found bacteria, including E. coli in reusable bags. To combat this, throw them in the washing machine weekly. If your bags aren’t washing machine safe, you can either hand rinse them with laundry detergent in your sink or bathtub or wipe them thoroughly with sanitizer/disinfectant wipes.
5. Shared Surfaces. We all touch a lot of things every day, including gas pumps, mailboxes, buttons on ATMs and snack/soda machines and even our office phones. There are two things you can do to prevent the spread of germs. One is to wipe those surfaces with sanitizer wipes, like you would a grocery cart. The second is after you’ve touched one of those surfaces, wash your hands or if that’s not an option, clean them with hand sanitizer.
What are your tricks for preventing the spread of germs from surfaces? Share them in the comment section below!