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The Germiest Places in the Home

People are more mindful of the importance of cleaning and sanitizing to cut down on germs. Various organizations have tested surfaces to find what is harboring the most germs in the home. These make the top of the list as needing a regular cleaning regimen.

Toothbrush Holders: weekly soak in hot soapy water, thoroughly wash the surfaces with a clean microfiber cloth, rinse well and dry with a clean cloth.

Electric Toothbrush: Unplug charging base, soak base of toothbrush cover in a 50-50 vinegar and water solution for 15-30 minutes, dampen microfiber cloth with hot soapy water and wipe down the hand-held unit and base. Use a new clean damp microfiber cloth to wipe off any soap residue, and rinse the parts soaked in vinegar solution. Soak the toothbrush bristles in 3% hydrogen peroxide for at least 5 minutes, and do that daily if sick.

Coffee Makers: Once a month fill the reservoir with vinegar, let sit for 30 minutes, then run it through the machine.  Rinse well.

Kitchen Counters: Clean as you go, wiping down with a clean microfiber cloth and soapy water, or a good multi-surface disinfecting cleaner. Give it a good clean when you are finished in the kitchen.

Refrigerator Handle & Stove Knobs: Clean after every food prep session and/or meal. Clean as you would your countertops.

Kitchen Sink: Before you start food prep and after, give it a good scrub with a soap dispensing brush at the end add a sprinkle of baking soda to scrub away adhering particles. Sanitize by using a 1 to 1 ratio of vinegar to water, including the faucet, and all other items at the sink (sponge holder, etc.)

Cutting Boards: soap and warm water and dry. If you see cut lines, it is time to discard.

Kitchen Sponge: boil it or place in microwave oven for 2 minutes at least every 2 weeks, or at the first sign of an odor.

Kitchen Dishcloth: replace every 2 days and wash in sanitizing cycle

Remote Control: wipe down with a Clorox or 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe, do not spray the unit with cleaning solution. Remove batteries if doing a deep clean, blast with a compressed air canister to loosen debris.

Exercise Mat: Mix a spray solution of 2 cups of water and 4 drops of dish soap, spray and wipe down after each use.

Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags: Launder in hot water in a washing machine if they are made of cloth, otherwise hand wash in warm soapy water, rinse, and air dry.

BBQ grill: wash grates regularly, and let the grill get hot before putting food on it

Pet Bowls: wash daily, & Pet Toys wash hard toys once a week, and plush ones in the washing machine at least once a month or if there is an odor.

Purses, Makeup bags and Wallets: The bottoms of purses are very germy. Usually a microfiber cleaning cloth dampened with soapy water will work, unless it is leather then use 2 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon juice. A little bit of rubbing alcohol can help lift stains. Wipe down the regular contents too. Air dry.

One of the most important habits to stop the spread of disease is making sure everyone in your household, including guests, flush with the toilet lid closed! The best course for health is to practice good prevention!


The just walk in integrity; happy are their children after them! Proverbs 20:7


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