The Biggest Germ Spreading Mistakes People Make

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The Biggest Germ Spreading Mistakes People Make

Germs are all around us. Last year has taught us that underestimating them is not a good idea. Even though lately people have become way more cautious about the topic and pay extra attention to the cleanliness of their surroundings, there are still many germ spreading mistakes being made every day. They may seem harmless at first, but you never know what they may cause to your health and wellbeing. Check out these common germ-spreading mistakes and some great advice on how to avoid them in your daily life. The biggest germ spreading mistakes people make.

Which are the biggest germ spreading mistakes people make while cleaning?

One of the biggest cleaning mistakes people make quite often is to use the same rag when cleaning different surfaces. Even though we use detergent, the rag still picks up germs and dirt from each surface and spreads everything onto the next one. This means that kitchen germs get onto the coffee table, and let’s not even mention where the bathroom germs can get. We would recommend using different rags for the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and living room surfaces, and mark them somehow or pick different colours for each room. Also, cleaning the rags after each use is a good way to stop the spread of germs. Microfibre cloths can be washed in the laundry machine.

Another common mistake is skipping the filter change or cleaning the vacuum cleaner after using it. Many people think that it’s not so urgent, because it’s not full, but the longer the dust stays there, the better it settles and can clog the filter and the vents. The result will be decreased suction and after some time the vacuum can even start blowing back the dust.

Other common cleaning mistakes that spread germs include:

  • Using feather dusters, which only misplace the dust
  • Spraying detergents directly on gentle surfaces, as they might harm them
  • Putting hard to clean tools like garlic presses in the dishwasher
  • Not washing the curtains and blinds often enough (they both capture a lot of dust and it spreads to the entire room if you open a window).

How to Keep Your Laundry Germ-Free

Making your laundry sanitary can be tricky because the temperature really depends on the kind of fabric you want to wash. Ideally, a washing temperature of about 60°C is perfect for killing germs, BUT a temperature this high is not suitable for most fabrics. Fortunately, ironing is a good way to kill all germs effectively. As for laundry, most clothes from man-made fibres (nylon, polyester, spandex and other), jeans, knits, bed linen and towels can be washed in warm water, but you shouldn’t go higher than 40°C or 50°C if they are heavily soiled. For very dirty clothes, we recommend pre-soaking. Coldwater (20°C – 30°C) is perfect for bright colours which can bleed, delicate fabrics (silk, lace, chiffon, etc.) and everything black. But the best tip we can actually give you is to read the labels on clothes, they know best.

Which Germy Home Areas Often Get Overlooked?

The mattress is often overlooked, double-sided mattresses need to be flipped at least twice a year for an even wear, and all mattresses need to be thoroughly cleaned at least twice a year. A good way to maintain the mattress and kill dust mites is to vacuum it once a month, then spread some baking soda (it absorbs moisture and oils and disinfects), leave for an hour, then vacuum again.

The air conditioner and the HVAC system are also often forgotten, they need cleaning twice a year, to remove all the dust and dirt, and to avoid allergies and asthma. The duct pipes are also a good hiding place for pests. It’s hard to clean central air conditioning systems by yourself though, it usually requires special equipment.

Other often forgotten places are doorknobs, different handles around the house, TV remotes, TV’s, computers, computer keyboards, phones, and other similar items. We touch them all the time, but we rarely think about disinfecting them.

How to Avoid Cross-Contamination in the Kitchen

Cross-contamination in the kitchen is a very serious problem many people don’t pay enough attention to. The biggest mistakes are connected to handling food and storing it in the fridge. It’s good to have separate cutting boards and knives for vegetables and for meat and dairy products. Also, the meat cutting board will need more than washing liquid to get clean, because raw meat contains harmful bacteria that can affect our health. Many people suggest soaking the cutting board in diluted bleach or hydrogen peroxide, but white vinegar can also do the trick for fans of green cleaning. Another mistake is to not disinfect the sink and countertops after handling meat. Everything needs to be wiped with a disinfecting detergent, and the garbage disposal also needs to be emptied and disinfected.

As for storing the food in the fridge, it’s good to have separate shelves for vegetables, dairy products and meat. Also, dairy products and meats should be kept in airtight containers, so the germs can be contained.

What is The Correct Cleaning Order

Many people wonder whether they should vacuum or dust first. Actually, both options have their advantages and disadvantages. If you vacuum first, the floor can get dirty again when dust falls on it during dusting. And if you dust first, then vacuum, the vacuuming can get dust into the air, and it will land of the furniture. So, whichever you choose, it doesn’t really matter. The important thing is to use quality cloths that catch the dust and clean the vacuum regularly. We would recommend starting from the furniture and clean the floor last, but it’s just my preference.


Daniel Clark

Daniel Clark is a professional blogger who loves to write on numerous topics for fashion, shopping, beauty accessory and lifestyle inventions, etc.

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