Tips to a Healthy Home

Even the tidiest of homes can contain some nasty germs that spread potential illness in the home. So what can you do to prevent bacteria from building up, stop the spread of harmful germs and keep your family healthy?

You don’t need to tackle the entire house at one go, but you can start with certain areas that require a little more attention than others. We’ve shortlisted a few key trouble spots and compiled some house cleaning tips to help keep your house germ-free.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is often rife with germs. Research shows that the kitchen has more germs than any other room in the house. You might want to note the following house cleaning tips for kitchen hygiene, and keep your family protected from illness causing germs.

  • Damp sponges and washcloths harbour bacteria and become a breeding ground for germs if they are not cleaned and stored properly. You may wash your plates with a dirty sponge, or wipe harmful germs onto your worktop, so it’s important to sanitise your kitchen sponge or cloth after use.
  • The kitchen sink harbours a lot of potentially harmful germs. Washing raw food, washing dirty utensils and rinsing contaminated washcloths all leave their fair share of germs behind. Regularly disinfect your sink, tap and surrounding surfaces to prevent harmful germs from accumulating.
  • Worktops, chopping boards and surfaces of food preparation become contaminated easily. Prepare your raw and cooked foods separately, disinfect the area afterwards with a clean cloth and disinfectant cleaner or a disinfectant wipe.
  • The trash bin is a hotbed for harmful germs, so cleaning and disinfecting it regularly inside and out is important. Wash your hands with soap after you empty the garbage bag.
  • Have good hand hygiene habits – wash your hands regularly with water and soap such as Dettol Gold.

The Bathroom

Although the bathroom doesn’t harbour as many germs as the kitchen does, its warm and moist environment makes it the perfect breeding ground for germs. You can make a few small changes to your bathroom cleaning routine to help make the bathroom safe for you and your family.

  • Regularly wipe down taps, sinks, toilet seats, toilet flush and shower walls with disinfectant cleaners and/or wipes to prevent the build-up of mould.
  • Store tooth brushes separately so that the bristles of brushes don’t touch each other. This stops the spread of bacteria from one brush to another. Replace your toothbrush often, and especially after illness.
  • Always close the toilet lid before you flush the toilet so that polluted water vapour does not escape into the air.
  • Wash your cleaning washcloths, napkins and towels in hot water (60 degrees or higher) to rid them of germs. You can add extra protection against germs with some Dettol Disinfectant Multi-Use Hygiene Liquid to your laundry.
  • Clean your hands after using the toilet with Dettol Gold and water to get rid of any germs and prevent passing infection between family members.

Surfaces in the home

The following surfaces are prime sites for germ breeding since they are constantly being touched by many different hands. Try a quick germ blitz or try wiping them down with a disinfectant wipe.

  • Doorknobs
  • Mobile phones
  • Television Remotes
  • Computer keyboards

Maintaining a clean and hygienic home might seem a little overwhelming, but a few small additions to your house cleaning regime can prevent many infections and illnesses from striking your family. Use such products as Dettol Disinfectant Multi-Use Hygiene Liquid. It provides expert protection against more than 100 illness-causing germs and is safe for use on many surfaces in your home for infection control and general disinfection. Dettol Disinfectant liquid can also be used for personal hygiene, as directed.