Like it or not, your home is filled with germy spots. If you have kids, there’s even more to worry about. For the health of you, your family, and the air quality of your home, it’s important to regularly clean these problem spots. In this blog post, we’ll give you a number of simple suggestions for doing just that.
Items Needed to Clean and Sanitize Germy Spots
- Green Cleaners (IE: Vinegar and Water, Vinegar and Baking Soda)
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Disinfectant Wipes
- Disinfectant Spray
- Spray Bottle
- Cotton Swabs
- Trash Bags
- Paper Towels
Door knobs are one of the most germy spots in your entire home. We use door knobs to enter and exit a room, not to mention after finishing up in the bathroom, or while taking out the trash. Since dozens of hands regularly come in contact with door knobs, they get exceptionally dirty and covered in germs.
First, fill a bucket with warm water, and a few tablespoons of liquid dish soap. Dip a washcloth into the mixture, and then thoroughly wipe down the germy spots on the door knob, carefully going over each nook and curve, so as not to miss a spot.
Second, take a dry, microfiber cloth and dry off any excess soap or water that is left behind.
Third, using a can of disinfectant spray, or a cotton swab dipped in Isopropyl alcohol, thoroughly spray or scrub the doorknob again, making sure it is entirely disinfected.
Finally, add a simple over-the-counter polish to ensure the doorknob looks shiny and new. That’s it!
Disinfecting Television Remotes and Video Game Controllers
Now, let’s talk about disinfecting the germy spots on the television remotes and video game controllers.
Our kids eat with their hands, pick up bugs, touch a variety of playground equipment, and who knows what else. It’s no wonder that our television remotes and game controllers are some of the most germy spots in our homes.
Since the entire family uses these items, it’s important to utilize safe green cleaners so as not to get anyone sick. A combination of vinegar and water is an effective, and save cleaning option that is tough on stains and even disinfects.
If a spray bottle is too much work, just grab a few cotton swabs, and dip them in Isopropyl alcohol. Now methodically wipe down the television remotes and game controllers. Sweat, dirt, germs, and food particles build up over time, so you may have to add some extra elbow grease.
As a final touch, spray down each remote or controller with a non-toxic disinfectant spray. Antibacterial wipes are also a great option. In fact, you can even keep a container in the living room so you always have easy access.
Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets
The kitchen and bathroom are also known for being germy spots. The most obvious germy spots are the faucet handles, trash cans, and drying racks, but counter tops, floors, and even the edges of the sink collects bacteria and other microorganisms. Utilize safe cleaners for the kitchen and bathroom if possible so as not to put any of your family members at risk or an allergic reaction.
First, take an empty spray bottle and fill it up with one-part water and one-part white vinegar. Other green cleaners also will work fine. Shake the mixture, and then spray down all surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. Let the solution soak for at least five or ten minutes, so that it can really work its way into the dirt and muck.
Next, take a few paper towels or a microfiber cleaning cloth, and scrub where you sprayed the cleaning solution. Take extra time to go over these germy spots, as the build-up is often quite significant.
Finally, using antibacterial wipes or an antibacterial spray and go over the faucets, counters, and sink edge one final time to get the last of the germy spots.
For an extra clean kitchen or bathroom, keep antibacterial wipes on hand. This makes for quick cleanups in case of an accident or spill.
Lastly, let’s talk about cleaning toilet handles, the germiest of all germy spots in your home. If at all possible, use a piece of toilet paper or antibacterial wipe when flushing the toilet. That way you never make direct contact from handle to skin.
Since this isn’t always possible, having a box of antibacterial wipes or a container of disinfectant spray near the toilet are simple ways to eradicate germs and bacteria once and for all. Another option, is to use non-toxic bathroom, safe green cleaners or a combination of antibacterial soap and water.
As you’ve probably already noticed—the solution to keeping germy spots bacteria free is a combination of antibacterial items and regular cleaning maintenance. By following this list of simple tips, you’re sure to prevent illness and keep your home looking presentable for years to come.
These are some good tips. I really never think of the remotes and door knobs but I have cleaned the light switches before. Probably because I can see the dirt smudges on the cover plates.
Thank you for your feedback!
A lot of us never think that the remotes to home devices collect germs. It’s the last thing on our mind when we just want to come home and take a break in front of the TV. However, everyone does touch the remotes regardless of thinking about where their hands have been. Cleaning a remote will prevent germs from spreading in between everyone’s hands.