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5 most contaminated surfaces in your home and how to get rid of bacteria
5 most contaminated surfaces in your home and how to get rid of bacteria

The simplest and most effective way to keep diseases away is to clean. To fight bacteria and viruses such as the Coronavirus and the flu, it is essential to take care of hygiene, not only our own but also the hygiene of our home and the objects we handle every day. Here are 5 of the most contaminated surfaces in your home and how to get rid of bacteria. 



Cutting boards   

Your cutting boards are full of bacteria, especially in the small openings created by knife marks. Germs, mold, and bacteria live and reproduce in these cracks, especially if you use your cutting board to cut raw meat! 

How to thoroughly wash your cutting boards: On your cutting board, mix coarse salt and lemon juice. This will form a paste that you then use to scrub your board (you can use a clean sponge or cloth). Rinse and finally wipe your clean board with a towel!


 

Phone Screen

According to Seattle Times reporter Bobby Caina Calvan, your phone is covered in germs: 25,127 bacteria per square inch, to be precise. That's 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat! To ensure proper hygiene of your device, it is important to wash your hands regularly. As for thorough washing, we recommend that you do it 3-4 times a month. 

How to thoroughly wash your phone screen: On a cloth, spray a small amount of Sprayway's Glass Cleaner. This product leaves no film and makes the screen shine. Gently rub the cloth over the screen. Other options: combine 60% water and 40% rubbing alcohol, soak the cloth in the solution, and rub the screen of your hone.  





Cabinet and door handles  

According to Lenete Spivey, owner of Maid Right, cabinet and door handles are among the most common areas where germs hide and should receive special attention. Knobs on kitchen and bathroom cabinets, the handle on your refrigerator, the bathroom door and even the front and back dor of your garage harbor germs that can make you and your family sick.

How to thoroughly wash handles: since not all products disinfect in addition to cleaning, we recommend this product from the Saniblend line, with its cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing functions. Spray the handle until it's covered with the product. Allow to work for 10 minutes, then wipe off with a cloth or sponge. 








Sinks

Especially in the kitchen, some foods may contain bacteria such as E.Coli and Salmonella and these can get trapped in the sink or drain. In addition, since sinks are often damp, they can hold germs and bacteria longer. 

How to deep clean your sinks:
For your stainless steel sink, we suggest this product, which will deep clean and polish your sinks. It removes grease build-up, food splashes, or oil stains. It contains no acidic or abrasive substances.






Dish Sponges

Dish sponges are among the dirtiest and most contaminated objects! A study conducted at the University of Furtwängler in Germany found 362 different species of bacteria on a sponge (via Scientific Reports). They counted up to 45 billion bacteria per square centimeter! Several tests were conducted to try to find the most efficient way to wash a sponge (microwave, dishwasher), but really, don't try to wash your sponge. Simply throw it away and replace it.







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