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Top 5 Places Germs Maybe Hiding in your Home

When we think about germs in the home, many of us think of toilet seats and kitchen surfaces as being germ hotspots, but in fact there are several household objects that are likely to contain higher levels of germs due to them not being cleaned and disinfected as frequently.

Here are our top 5 places where germs may be hiding in your house.

TV Remote Control

Can you remember the last time you cleaned and disinfected your TV remote control? If the answer is no, don’t worry you are not alone. Many of us do not regularly disinfect our remote controls, making them one of the most germ ridden surfaces in the home.

It makes sense when you stop to think about it, as they are handled by every family member, left on the floor, stuffed down the side of the sofa, coughed on, sneezed on and laid on by the family pet, and likely to be covered in food residues from sofa snacks. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting your TV controls will help kill germs, and reduce the risk of cross-infection between family members.

Bathroom Mat

Bathroom mats are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria as they lie damp on the floor, providing a perfect environment that germs love, especially the ones that are close to the toilet. To keep mats fresh smelling and prevent germ growth, wash them at least once a week (check the laundry instructions on the label) and add 2 capfuls of your favourite Zoflora disinfectant to the fabric softener compartment, to use in the final rinse cycle.

Computer Keyboard

Research conducted by consumer group Which? (BBC News), found computer keyboards to harbour more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat. Among the common bacteria found on keyboards were E. coli and staphylococcus aureus, both of which can cause food poisoning. Clean and disinfect your keyboard every week by wiping down with a diluted Zoflora solution on a soft cloth, to eliminate germs and prevent illness. Use a cotton bud to clean between the keys.

Makeup Bag

Makeup bags, sponges and brushes usually have plenty of nooks and crannies full of makeup residues, giving a perfect home for germs to live and grow. Continuing to use dirty sponges and brushes can eventually lead to skin and eye infections. Make sure you regularly wash your sponges and brushes with warm soapy water, ensure they are thoroughly rinsed and allowed to completely dry. If your makeup bag can be laundered (always check the label first), make sure it is regularly washed, or use a cloth soaked in diluted Zoflora to regularly wipe out.

Can Opener

It may surprise you to know that can openers are one of the least washed utensils in the kitchen, with many of us using them to open a can and then place them back in the drawer unwashed. Can openers are exposed to food every time they are used, and left un-cleaned can contaminate other utensils they come into contact with. Make sure they are thoroughly washed after every use, just as you do with cutlery, to prevent contamination.

Posted by Zoflora (15/02/2016)