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We’ve all heard about the importance of keeping our surrounds clean, and probably try to make a point of scrubbing everything as well as we can, from our teeth and ears to our clothes and kitchen utensils. Apart from doing it so that we look presentable, our other concern ought to be hygiene. However, as much as we scrub away, we may neglect effectively sanitising the places that need the most attention. This could lead to serious illnesses that may make you unproductive and even land you in hospital.
To avoid a hefty doctor’s bill and live a little bit healthier, here are ways you can sanitise your surroundings more effectively.
If you knew, you’d eat off your toilet rather than the sink
Everyone assumes areas like the toilet are the most unhygienic places, but Eileen Abruzzo, director of infection control at the Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn in New York, begs to differ. She states that there are probably more germs in your sink, where food particles accumulate and harbour bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella, than there are in your toilet.
Just rinsing your sink with water or dish washing liquid won’t do the trick, so rather wash the section using bleach mixed with water. Allow the solution to sink down the drain and remember to also wash the drain plug. While you may follow these steps religiously, we still don’t recommend eating food that’s fallen in the sink – that’s just gross.
The taste of salt and pepper just got more flavour
There’s nothing wrong with adding some flavour to your food, as it stimulates your body to eat more while adding much needed minerals. However, your salt shaker and pepper might harbour more than your taste buds bargained for. In a study conducted in 2008 by researchers at the University of Virginia, it was concluded that adults with signs of colds had all been in contact with utensils such as their salt and pepper shakers before they began feeling under the weather.
Before and after eating, thoroughly clean your kitchen surfaces and wipe seasoning shakers with a warm cloth. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water before eating to avoid spreading any germs as well.
Give your toothbrush as much as love as it gives your teeth
Dentists around the world recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day, because quite frankly there are so many more germs in there, than there are in your dog’s mouth. However, what you might not know is that your toothbrush is dirtier. If your toilet is in the bathroom, flushing it results in a spray of water contaminated with bacteria and viruses according to research down by Dr Charles P. Gerba of the University of Arizona Department of Soil.
After two hours of roaming your bathroom, these germs and viruses eventually settle on places such as your toothbrush making this cleaning utensil a lot less clean than you’d like! And you shame your dog for licking the toilet bowl!
Instead of placing your toothbrush in a damp area, rather place it near an open window to air it out and allow it to dry. Apart from thoroughly rinsing it after use, replace your toothbrush after every three months of use.
These are but a few of the most unsanitary places in your surroundings. Other places include your handbag, mobile phone, ice cubes, bathtub and keyboards. As you can see, you’re regularly in contact with most of these on a day-to-day basis, which makes it essential to clean each item, as well as your hands and any part of the body that makes contact with germy areas.