3 ways to keep your house germ free

Hint: Don't ask your toddler child to clean!
It's taken nearly two weeks for me to shake off my recent bout of cold and it sure wasn't fun. Worst thing is, I had spread my germs to Alexander and he too became all sniffly and sick. There were nights he was all blocked up, so when he sucked his thumb to self soothe, he realised he couldn't breathe!

While I was combating sniffles, snuffles, coughs and sneezes, it occurred to me that the first battle is best waged on the home front. More often than not, it's the little things that count in the war on germs so I've been doing a bit of cleaning around the house to keep the germs far far away. I'd like to share them with you today...

1. Regular cleaning
Most of us enjoy residing in a clean home and have some sort of cleaning routine. But when it comes to germs, the ante needs to be upped a little. That means including the little things in your cleaning schedule, such as wiping over regularly touched surfaces like telephones, remote controls, keyboards and desktops. These are the areas that frequently come into close contact with grubby hands.

If you have small children, the perimeter of your warfront may be extended even further to include all those areas where little faces and little hands linger such as door frames, doorhandles, mirrors and low windows.

If the cleaning task is proving a little big, it might pay to call in experts such as Absolute Domestics for some regular cleaning help. Cleaning agencies can offer weekly, fortnightly or even once-off cleans to get you off to a solid, germ-free start.

2. Clean Your Cleaning Implements
It's frightening to know that sponges, cloths and mops can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so make sure you change or disinfect them at least once a week. A good tip for your sponges is to run them through the dishwasher or simply pop them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (not the metallic ones of course).

Meanwhile, either wash your cloths and mop head or disinfect them, making sure they dry thoroughly afterwards. Make sure you also regularly empty your vacuum cleaner and change the bag to prevent this becoming a little micro-climate for dust, allergens and germs.

3. Know Your Products
Not all cleaning products live up to the packaging claims they come with so make sure you are using the right stuff. Just because something is considered anti-bacterial doesn't mean it will kill all germs.
When it comes to germ killers, a good grade disinfectant hits the mark, as does bleach. Other products such as ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda also kill a number of germs. And there are even some natural items that are known for their germ warfare skills, such as lemon, vinegar, and tea tree oil.

It's important to remember that not all germs are a problem and no home will ever be 100% germ free. When it comes down to it, paying attention to the little things and using the right product for the job on a regular basis are your best tools in the battle against the bugs that reside in all our homes.

How do you prepare yourself and your family to ward off winter illnesses? Do share your tips with me!

13 Responses to 3 ways to keep your house germ free

kidgranny said...

I agree with all your tips! I think it comes down to the basics...Washing hands as soon as we get home, gargling with lukewarm water + salt when we start feeling a bit "off", letting in fresh air into the house, cleaning regularly with disinfectants, etc. Hope you're feeling better!

Enara Girl said...

Very nice tips. They are specially important if you have children at home. xoxo

Anouk said...

Once in a while I do catch the flu during winter but I don't believe in preventative vaccines. Keeping a clean home is a good thing but I guess we need to be in touch with a certain amount of germs to preserve our immune system.

Rose said...

I just recovered from sore throat and cough. It has been over 2 weeks!

Thanks for your tips. I find them useful.

My Garden Diaries said...

I'm glad you are feeling better Trishie! I need to follow these tips! And thank you for that link as I have never been to that site before! Hope you have a lovely Friday and that everyone is feeling healthy!! Nicole xo

Ananka said...

Good tips!

We've just got a puppy and he's slabbering everywhere and need to clean up after him! Loving having a dog though ;-) The cat's aren't too sure about him though!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

It's so true that not all cleaning products live up to their claims. Because I have pets, my major cleaning is with the vacuum...

Cindy said...

I think it's important when people or their children get ill (esp diarrhoea and vomiting) to self-quarantine till they are clear of symptoms. Diseases spread when people lack awareness or consideration to prevent contamination.

rooth said...

He looks like he's such a good cleaner though!

Tina Bradley said...

So very important and such great tips! Little Alex is so adorable! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

akiko hiramatsu said...

Hi, trishie,ohh,
Has your condition gotten better?
It is hard to clean the every corner of the house..
Because my son is a high school student, I do not worry about much cleaning.
However, I cared about cleaning very much when he was young.
I was serious in those days, too...

akiko

Kiss & Make-up said...

I fear that even though my place LOOKS very clean it may not actually BE that clean. Just because something looks shiny and sparkly doesn't mean it's germ-free, I know that. I should probably get to know my products a bit better.

Beauty Box said...

Gosh I can relate to feeling frustrated about getting sick. Our lil family of three gets sick on such a regular basis - my usual arsenal of supplements don't seem to help and have been open to new ideas. Will have to relook at how our house is cleaned - def don't pay enough attention to surfaces.