With the ongoing lockdown, most of us have had to scrub and clean our homes on our own. And while we may do a good job of keeping it sanitised, there are spots that often get overlooked and neglected. These can then emerge as breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. We tell you how to clean eight of these hidden hotspots in your home.
The kitchen countertop gets dirty with food and liquid spills, dust, grime and bacteria that spreads while cutting raw meat, fruits or vegetables. For routine cleaning, wash the countertop daily with warm, soapy water. Disinfect it by spraying a solution of 70 per cent isopropyl alcohol and let it stay for five minutes. Rinse with water and wipe it dry.
The dish sponge that is used for cleaning used utensils harbours maximum germs and bacteria. Clean the sponge with water and disinfect it daily by soaking it in white distilled vinegar or lemon juice. Alternatively, you can heat the wet sponge in the microwave for at least two minutes every day. Make sure you change the sponge every month.
Kitchen and bathroom faucets get contaminated when they are used after handling raw meat or touched with dirty hands. Use soapy water to clean the faucets regularly. Disinfect the faucets by wiping them with a soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.
Smaller surfaces like doorknobs, kitchen handles, toilet flush button and switches carry a lot of germs as they are frequently touched with dirty hands by many users. Use a microfibre cloth which is dampened with an all-purpose cleaner to wipe all the handles and switches twice a week.
While bathing, a combination of soap, scum, body oils and dead skin cells combine together to contaminate the shower area. If any stagnant water remains, it turns into a breeding ground for mould, fungi and bacteria. Your routine cleaning should include drying and wiping the shower area after each use. Disinfect this area by spraying a solution of vinegar and warm water which is mixed in equal parts. Let it stay for 15 minutes followed by a dry wipe.
The TV remote is also used by multiple users and touched even while snacking. Therefore, a lot of bacteria and other pathogens may thrive on its surface. For cleaning, remove the batteries from the remote and wipe it with a damp cloth dipped in equal parts isopropyl alcohol and water.
Although toothbrushes are used to keep the teeth clean, they are usually damp because of which a lot of bacteria hides within them. Also, airborne bacteria that is present within the bathroom tends to stick onto the toothbrushes. Therefore the toothbrush holder should be washed twice a week with warm soapy water and it is essential to change the toothbrush every two months.
A carpet is a dust magnet which attracts dead skin cells, food, pollen and pet dander. Additionally, when we walk on the carpet, our movement causes the germs to come onto the surface. Vacuum the carpet at least once or twice a week depending on the frequency of use. Get the carpet professionally steam-cleaned once a year.