Hidden Germs

I try to keep my house clean, but I will admit that I worry about germs.  We have pets, we wear our shoes in the house – I just worry that things aren’t as clean as they should be.

And, I should.  There are places in the house where you might not think to look for germs.

Where are some of the places you should look?  One place I forget about is under the rug.  I try to be diligent about vacuuming the rug, but I often think that is enough.  Remember to pull the rug up and vacuum the bottom side and floor underneath it as well.

Blinds are another place to look for germs.  I have a love/hate relationship with blinds.  I love the look of them, but hate cleaning them.  Regardless of whether they are fabric, wood, or metal, it is important to dust the blinds.

The trash can is a bit like the blinds – I know it can secretly hold germs, but I hate cleaning it anyhow.  You can wash your trash can in the utility room sink, the tub, or outside.  The best way is to spray it with bleach or a cleaner with bleach to kill germs. Let it sit before 10 minutes before rinsing, then wipe clean.

You may not think of your indoor plants containing germs, but take a close look.  If you see dust, there could be germs there too.  Gently wipe the leaves with an old t-shirt.  Watch the dirt to make sure mold, due to overwatering, isn’t building up there.

Another germ holder that I never thought of until I read about it was your purse.  Duh!  I mean I usually set my purse in the floor, but then sometimes I will put it on the table.  If you do that, it should be wiped if at all possible.  Also, don’t forget to clean the inside.  Fabric bags can go in the washer but leather purses should be wiped with a leather conditioning cleaner.  And don’t forget to clean your credit cards and IDs while you are in your purse.  Think of all the people that handle them then give them back to you.  These can be easily cleaned with an alcohol wipe.

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Libby Pelham

About Libby Pelham

I have always loved to write and Families.com gives me the opportunity to share my passion for writing with others. I work full-time as a web developer at UTHSC and most of my other time is spent with my son (born 2004). I love everything pop culture, but also enjoy writing about green living (it has opened my eyes to many things!) and health (got to worry about that as you get older!).