7 Household Areas You Should Keep Clean to Prevent the Spread of Germs

When you are dealing with a disease or illness, your immune system is compromised, making it easier to pick up germs and bugs. While it's impossible to live in a completely sterile environment, there are ways to try and minimize the amount of germs around your home according to the NHS: 1. Cleaning Materials Mops and buckets should be disinfected after use, and mop-heads replaced regularly. Wherever possible, use disposable cloths or paper towels to clean up spillages. Cloths and sponges that are re-usable need to be disinfected after every use. MORE: 10 tips to help you through cold and flu season 2. Bathrooms Use regular bathroom cleaning products to clean wash basins, baths, and showers trays and cubicles frequently. If someone has been ill, the bathroom needs to be cleaned with disinfectant, including the floor. Toilets should be flushed after every use and bleach or a toilet cleaner and toilet brush should be used every couple of days. The toilet seat, rim and handle should be cleaned regularly with disinfectant. Limescale build-up can be removed using limescale-removing products. Tile grout and shower curtains also need to be cleaned regularly. 3. Kitchen All preparation surfaces should be hygienically cleaned before and after use. Separate chopping boards should be used for raw meat, vegetables, fish and other food products. Wash hands before handling food. Wash and dry hands directly after coming into contact with raw meat and fish. 4. Floors Vacuum carpets and rugs regularly. Mop floors regularly to remove dirt with hot water and detergent. When mopping floors, you should use two buckets of water, the first with the detergent to wash the floor, the second with hot water to rinse the detergent. If floors become soiled wi
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