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Home hygiene tips for healthier living

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Health, How to, Lifestyle, Variety

As cooler weather starts to blow in and the temperature begins to drop, people become more conscious of their health and prevention from catching illnesses. Many people wash their hands more frequently, avoid door handles, and stay away from large crowds of people where germs could be jumping around.

One place you may not think to be wary of is your home, but in reality, there are a ton of places in your home where dust and germs fester. Not to mention, all that you bring in with you from the outside on your shoes, clothes, and skin.

While the springtime typically encourages people to clean their homes out in a “spring cleaning” fit, keeping your home clean should be a year-round focus. Follow these home hygiene tips to keep your home and family healthy all year long.

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Leave your shoes at the door

Wearing shoes around your house tracks in bacteria, toxins, and dirt. All day we walk around through bacteria-infested areas with our shoes. One study found an average of 421,000 bacteria on the outside of shoes, including Escherichia coli, known as E. Coli, which can cause intestinal infections and meningitis.

Toxins can also be tracked into your home. There is a particular danger for those who live near asphalt roads sealed with coal tar. These toxins can settle into your home as dust particles. Long-term exposure to any of these bacteria or toxins can lead to health complications. Make sure to leave your shoes off at the door or in mud room so that you aren’t tracking everything that you bring in on your shoes throughout your house.

Keep up your pet’s hygiene

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Just like your shoes, your pets can also bring in germs from outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 6 out of 10 infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning that they can pass between animals and humans. Your pet’s thick fur can also bring allergens into your home causing reactions such as sneezing or a stuffy nose.

Beyond what your pet brings in from outside the house, their supplies inside the house can harbor their germs. To keep up your pet’s hygiene and protect your home hygiene, make sure to regularly wash your pet’s bedding as the soft material hosts dust, dirt, allergens, and flea eggs and larvae. Also keep their food and water dishes cleaned regularly. Your pet’s saliva can transmit bacteria and cause illness in your pets and the humans of the house. For best hygiene practices, make sure to regularly keep up with your pet’s hygieneand wash your hands after contact.

Improve your sleep hygiene

With all the time you spend in your sheets, you should make sure they’re clean. People don’t change their sheets nearly enough because they don’t realize the importance. The average person perspires about 26 gallons of sweat into their sheets each year, which left unwashed can be a huge invitation to bacteria.

Sleep hygiene even goes beyond the surface. As a mattresses ages, it collects your dead skin cells and the dust mites that come along to feast on them. You should take special care to replace your mattress at least every decade to avoid sleeping on a bed filled with disgusting particles. In the meantime, you can clean your mattress best by vacuuming it regularly to suck out all that’s falling behind and sleep a little easier.

Clean the hotspots

There are some places in your home that receive a lot of action — and no, we aren’t still talking about your bed. The places in your home that you touch and interact with every day are prone to collecting a lot of your germs. Take special notice of these hotspots and sanitize these areas at least on a weekly basis:

  • Television remote
  • Light switches
  • Faucets
  • Knobs
  • Door handles
  • Floors
  • Sponges
  • Makeup application tools

Give special attention to the bathroom

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If you aren’t deep cleaning your bathroom regularly, you’re in for trouble. Bacteria thrive in moist environments — aka, they are prone to live in your bathroom.

Deep cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated or even time-consuming. If you regularly keep up with it, you won’t be stuck on your knees scrubbing for hours. Start with your shower. Take your plastic shower curtains and liners down and through them in your washing machine with a few towels to act as scrubbers. This will help to eliminate any soap scum and mildew that’s been accumulating. You can hang them back up to dry.

If you have a shower door, make sure to give that a good scrubbing too. And don’t forget about your shower head. You can fill a plastic bag with enough vinegar to fully submerge the shower head and allow it to soak overnight. You hop in the shower to get clean, so you need to make sure it’s a place that’s conducive for just that.

Once you get your shower freshly clean work on the toilet, sink, counters, floor, and mirror. If you make cleaning your bathroom a weekly habit, you’ll find it easier and easier to run down a quick routine and end up with a sparkling clean bathroom.

Author’s bio: Laurie Larson is a writer based in Durham, NC. She writes on home, health, and lifestyle topics.

 

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