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Germ Headquarters: 7 Critical Things You Should Know About Germs

June 17, 2013

Germs LOVE to nestle, especially in our homes!  Germs are not so easily washed away either.

Because of our busy schedules, most of us don’t have the time to clean like we want to.

What should we do?

Learn where germs hide in  our homes and wipe those germs away using natural non-toxic household cleaners!

1.  The toothbrush holder ~

Toothbrush holders can get very germy!  Put the holder in the dishwasher, or, better yet, wash by hand with hot soapy water at least twice a week.

2.  The bathtub drain ~

Use hot water when cleaning your shower and bathtub.  The hot water will help remove anything from the drain.  Make a paste of baking soda and water to clean your tub,  Add some vinegar or borax to remove grime.  Clean drain weekly.

Kitchen counters  ~

Because kitchen counters are used so much, it is important to keep them clean and as germ-free as much as possible.  After cooking, wash all kitchen counter tops hot soapy water every day.  Use a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle to disinfect.  Wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Kitchen stove ~

Bacteria tends to buildup on kitchen stoves.  At least once a week, remove all the buttons and soak them in hot soapy water. Rinse and dry.

Your coffeemaker ~

Bacteria and mold love to hide in your dark, damp coffeemaker.  To get rid of germs and bacteria, fill your machine with about 4 cups of vinegar and let it sit.  After a half hour, run a cycle with the vinegar.  After, run 2 or 3 more cycles with water until the vinegar smell disappears.

Kitchen sponges ~

After a few weeks of use, your kitchen sponge starts to harbor bacteria.  Place your kitchen sponge in the microwave for two minutes.  This should kill most of the bacteria, viruses, and spores on it.  Replace your sponge at least every two weeks.

Pet food dishes ~

Animals often carry germs without our knowledge, especially through their saliva.  Wash your pets food dishes with hot soapy water every day, or put them in the dishwasher.    


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