July 14, 2020
You know that bacteria and germs are all around you. You wash your hands and try to clean as frequently as you can, but the most dirty objects often aren’t what you’re expecting. Your dentist in Wayne warns that some of these items are in your very own bathroom. Read on to learn which five household objects you should be taking extra time to clean on a regular basis.
After you wash your hands in the bathroom, you dry them off with the hand towel hanging by your sink. The problem is that this remains damp and is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The longer you go without washing your towels, the worse the situation gets. Remember to throw these in the wash when you’re doing your laundry.
This could be one of the dirtiest things in your home. And it holds something that you put directly into your mouth to clean your teeth. According to a 2011 public health report, approximately 27% of toothbrush holders tested positive for coliform bacteria, like Salmonella and E. coli.
They are home to all sorts of bacteria as well as being a place where you prepare food. Be sure that you are thoroughly cleaning your cutting boards. The best thing to do is run it through the dishwasher here and there. You want your food preparation surfaces to be as clean as possible!
The sponge you use for washing your dishes is home to hundreds of millions of germs. In fact, it is estimated that 75% of kitchen sponges contain coliform bacteria. There are several ways that you can clean them up. Put them in the washing machine on hot with a bleach-based detergent, soak it in a gallon of water with ¾ cups of bleach for five minutes, or microwave a wet sponge on high for two minutes. If your sponge starts to develop an odor, it’s definitely time to get rid of it and replace it with a new one.
You often don’t think about washing your hands after using your phone, but the truth is that the average phone is almost seven times dirtier than a toilet seat! On top of that, Americans check their phones 47 times each day on average. Just imagine how many germs are transferring to your fingertips. Use a disinfectant wipe to help keep it clean.
When you’re doing your regular cleaning routine, be sure not to forget about these objects and your hands! Disinfecting these things will bring your home one step closer to being immaculate.
About the Author
Dr. Dallas Pulliam is a highly educated dentist working to provide patients in Wayne, PA with high-quality dental care in a clean, comfortable environment. Dr. Pulliam earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School and has gained over 35 years of experience. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the 2nd District Dental Society. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (610) 688-4578.
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