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Keep Your Home Germ-Free

By Paul Rothbart

Cleanliness is next to godliness goes the saying. However, clean does not necessarily mean germ-free. Microscopic organisms are hard to kill and could easily be lingering in your home just waiting to make you and your family sick. The good news is that it is not impossible to rid your home of germs. It will be better for your health and your house will smell and feel cleaner. Here are some tips to keep your home germ-free.

Regularly Clean Bedding

Sheets, blankets, and pillow cases tend to accumulate dust mites quickly. These creatures multiple and can make you sick. You don't want to be sleeping with them. Bedding should be washed at least once a week in hot water. If you have a washer and dryer in your home twice a week is better. 

Leave the Toilet Seat Down

This is not just for appearances. Toilets are loaded with germs. The seat should be put down before flushing. An open toilet can release germs and bacteria into the air. They can settle on surfaces and live for several hours. Touching sinks, faucets, and other bathroom fixtures could then make you sick. You also carefully clean your toilet once a week with a germ-killing cleaner.

Clean Your House Routinely

Rather than clean your entire house once or twice a week, clean it a little daily. This is a good way to prevent dust, germs, and bacteria from accumulating. Microbes are relentless so you must be too.

Use Fans or Dehumidifiers

Damp areas are the places where bacteria, germs, and mold grow the fastest. A dehumidifier will constantly pull excess moisture out the air, helping to keep the space dry. Basements and garages are prime places for moisture to collect. If you live in a humid climate, your entire house may be at risk. Alternately you can use fans to help moisture evaporate off surfaces. 

Don't Cross-Contaminate When Cooking

You should always use a separate cutting board for meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables. Raw meats can contain bacteria such as salmonella. Cooking the meat kills the bacteria, but traces on the cutting board could be transferred to other foods that you may not be cooking. Restaurants must follow this rule under the jurisdiction of the local board of health. You should heed to it as well. Food poisoning can be dangerous. 

Keeping a clean house is important but clean may not mean germ-free. Use these tips to keep your home clean and rid of bacteria and germs. A healthy home is a happy home. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Round Rock, Tex.

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