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Helpful Tip of the Month: June from Kym Goodell

01 Jun 2015 3:25 PM | Anonymous

I read a great article on www.health.com and would like to share it with you.  With summer coming upon us and kids staying home, our house could fast become a mess.  Here are a few simple items that may help us stay a little bit more clean and healthy, if you don’t already do them.

1.        Sanitize your sponge or scrub brushes in the dishwasher.  Disinfect your sink and drain twice a week with a tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart of water.  At the end of the week, pour the rest of the solution down the drain.

2.       Cutting boards are a breeding factory of nastiness, so you really should only use plastic or glass that do not have pock marks.  Throw away your family heirloom wooden ones.  They are just breeding grounds for the plague (that’s what I call every stomach virus I get  ;)  )  When you are done using your cutting board, wash it with hot soapy water, spray it with a 1 to 16 bleach water solution, rinse and put it in the dishwasher.

3.       Now this part kinda grossed me out to be honest, something I did now know and found out I did not want to know.  You can get E. coli simply by transferring your own unmentionables from the washer to the dryer.  Just make sure your water temperature is set at 150 degrees and you dry them for at least 45 minutes or until the load is dry.  Wash your hands after doing laundry and run a cycle of bleach and water after you do your unmentionables. 

4.       Your toothbrush… the human mouth contains 100 million microbes per milliliter of saliva, those microbes eat the same food you do!  When you brush those microbes stick to your toothbrush.  After brushing rinse your toothbrush in hot water and stand it up in a glass to it can air-dry.  You can even stick it in the dishwasher once in a while to get sanitized. 

5.       Your bathtub and shower can carry more germs then your garbage can.  Disinfect it once a week on the bathroom floor and the sides, rinse well and use a squeegee, disinfect the squeegee too.

6.       Your cell phone and other tech stuff you touch every day (keyboard and mouse) have been found to carry germs, the flu virus and even MRSA.  Use a disinfectant wipe on them.

7.       The bathroom floor is a germ cesspool.  Fecal spray from flushing lands on the floor and helps germs grow.  Close the lid before flushing and use a bleach based cleanser.  After you wash your mats weekly, make sure they are completely dry, if you have to hang them for a while.

8.       Your shoes bring in whatever you have stepped on outside.  If you can, remove your shoes outside, wipe your feet on a high quality abrasive mat. Clean your mat weekly and consider the sprays and chemicals you use on your yard.  There are nontoxic, non-chemical options. 

9.       Your bedroom is where you spend a third of your life, for some people maybe more, others maybe it feels like less (J )  But dust mites seem to be the main problem.  Wash your bedding weekly, and if you haven’t already moved your water temp up, as in example 3, then at least do it for this one and turn your temp up to at least 130 for your bedding.  Maybe even invest in an anti-allergy wrap for your bed.  Wet-mop your floor and all surfaces should be cleaned with a germ fighting solution.  Don’t let any damp clothing lie around for longer than a day.

10.   Dust can trigger asthma and allergies.  Vacuum the floor, curtains, furniture and bookshelves with a HEPA filter and follow up with an antibacterial wipe or spray.  

                                                                                     Kym Goodell

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