We are all familiar with the word “germ” and unfortunately all come into contact with these pesky organisms every single day! But where are they hiding and how do we ensure that we come into contact with them as infrequently as possible? First, let’s take a formal approach to discovering what exactly a “germ” is…
The online dictionary states the following; germ (jûrm) n.
- Biology A small mass of protoplasm or cells from which a new organism or one of its parts may develop.
- The earliest form of an organism; a seed, bud, or spore.
- A microorganism, especially a pathogen.
- Something that may serve as the basis of further growth or development: the germ of a project.
You may be a little shocked at where these little guys are hiding! Superclean has outlined the top three hiding spots in your home… Germ hiding spot no 1. – The Kitchen Sink
Fact: It’s probably cleaner to eat a meal off your toilet bowl than eat anything that has touched your kitchen sink! As repulsive as this sounds, it’s true! The reason being, that food particles from leftovers, dirty dishes and plates left to soak, serve as the perfect breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria. These include E.coli and Salmonella. These germs then eventually make it onto your hands which only increases the diffusion process (when we touch our faces, bite our nails or touch other items in the house)!
We all tend to pay attention to cleaning the areas in our home that we assume to be dirtier than others and never think to give the “less dirty” areas a good scrub with disinfectant. So, how do you get rid of the germs in your basin? Start by sanitizing your sink and prevent the spreading of bacteria with a simple solution of bleach and water once a day after finishing the dishes. Try not to leave dirty dishes in the basin for extended periods of time and remember to wash your hands after finishing up with the dishes!
Germ hiding spot no 2. – Your Toothbrush
Brushing your teeth twice daily is a mundane task that we are all taught to complete from a very young age. This is routinely performed to ensure that your teeth and gums are clean and your breath is left smelling fresh, the irony is that your brush is a breeding ground for bacteria – germs love the fact that we put our toothbrushes away whilst they are still damp! It’s best to try leave your brush near a window so that it can air out and dry sooner rather than later. Also try replace your toothbrush as often as possible (especially after being sick).
Germ hiding spot no 3. – Your Salt and Pepper Shaker
You are not only sharing your meal at the dining room table with your family but with some unwanted germs too. Your salt and pepper shakers are unfortunately covered in germs and often neglected when we clean our dining room tables. Try to get into a habit of cleaning the shakers when you wipe your table down and always wash your hands before and after a meal!
For help with your regular cleaning or a once off thorough clean to eradicate some of these germs, contact Superclean today. Alternatively, find the details of our cleaning services online: http://www.superclean.co.za/divisions/superclean/
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