You probably consider yourself a pretty clean person. Sure, things may sit out for a day or two, but overall your home cleaning is done on a regular basis, and items are put away. It hardly looks like a home you would see on the show Hoarders.
But how clean is clean? Just because the kitchen countertops are wiped free of dirt and grime, does that mean they’re clean? A recent study by NSF International says that we might not be getting our homes quite as germ-free as we thought we were. In fact, a majority of the rooms and surfaces that we expect to be the cleanest contain Coliform bacteria – the ones that cause E. coli and Salmonella.
The germiest room in your home is…
… your kitchen! Yes, the place where we prepare the food has the highest concentration of germs. And these are not just any germs; these are the germs that can get us really sick: E. coli and Salmonella bacteria.
So why is it that your kitchen is so germy even though it looks clean? Because wiping down surfaces with a wet rag or sponge may make it look clean, but microscopic bacteria are left behind. To make matters worse, our rags and sponges aren’t often disinfected. Instead, they are rinsed and left to dry. That warm and moist environment makes the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria.
The second germiest room in the home is…
… your bathroom! While the bathroom is usually considered to be the dirtiest (for obvious reasons), most people guess that this area of the house ranks as the number one dirtiest. What may surprise you, however, is where these germs are hiding.
The areas in your bathroom that have the most Coliform bacteria aren’t toilet seats. It’s not the floor or the toilet handles. No, the dirtiest place in your bathroom is the toothbrush holder. The devices that we use to keep our pearly whites nice and, well, pearly white, are stored in the dirtiest place in the room. Faucet handles also contain a lot of bacteria, and for good reason: they are touched (hopefully) every time you use the facilities.
Home Cleaning to Reduce Germ Exposure
The room where we prep our food and the area where we keep our toothbrushes are insanely germy.
The germiest rooms in the house don’t get that way because of a lack of cleaning. There’s a good chance that your kitchen looks nice and tidy with the counters wiped down, but the depth of cleaning isn’t there. Wiping down the surfaces gets rid of the dirt and grime, but a deeper clean will get rid of the bacteria that can cause serious illness. Use cleaners designed for kitchen surfaces on a regular basis and wash your toothbrush holder once a week when you do your dishes. And making sure that you’re disinfecting your rags and sponges will go a long way to keeping those germs at bay.
Residential Cleaning Keeps You Healthy
Tests often only look at the really bad bacteria; those with the potential to kill you. There are other bacteria that can be more of an inconvenience than anything. With our busy lifestyles, however, many of us don’t have the time to really deep clean the kitchen and bathrooms as often as we should. Shield Cleaning’s home cleaning services can solve that problem for you. Get in touch with us today to schedule your first home cleaning.