Mrs. Fixit: How to clean household germs

September 4, 2011

Your kitchen sink is one of the nastiest offenders. You wash raw foods that can be contaminated with all sorts of bacteria.

You touch the faucets to turn off the water then touch that same faucet to wash your hands. And with your clean hands you touch the faucet again to turn it off.

How do you keep the germs away?

Wash your faucets often with soap and hot water. Then spray or wipe them down with an anti-bacterial agent.

Don't forget the sponges and cloths as well.

To clean those, run the sponge through the dishwasher and run the washcloths in the hottest water that you can.

Be sure to wash and wipe down the other areas that you touch while preparing food. The refrigerator door handle, oven and stove knobs and cabinet knobs often get overlooked.

You can't forget about the television remote. Everyone touches it and how often is it part of your regular cleaning routine?

Another nasty offender? Door handles, especially from the outside in. Also light switches and plates located in common areas.

Women don't forget about your handbag. You tote it with you everywhere then bring it inside of your house.

Choose leather or vinyl handbag rather than one made of regular fabric, so that it won't absorb germs.

Also be sure to wipe the bag and its handle with an antibacterial cleanser.

What are some of my favorite disinfectants? I prefer rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils.

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