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By: Maria Diefenbach
Posted on: Nov 22, 2019

Banish Bacteria Hiding in Your Home Once and For All

Ever wonder how much bacteria actually grows at home? You do everything in your power to clean every nook and cranny but can’t help but obsess over what spots you might have missed. Cleaning the whole house is a rigorous chore and it’s easy to overlook items you’ll be surprised are some of the germiest. With 64 percent of consumers showing concern about the growth of bacteria in their homes we thought we’d highlight a few common items in the home that are a bacteria’s paradise (plus how to tackle them).

Towels

Dishes and countertops are often cleaned but towels are reused many times. From dish towels, hand towels, body towels and wash cloths—this makes these items a breeding ground for bacteria. The towels are left wet, used multiple times a day by different people and not interchanged often offering the perfect sanctuary for microbes to grow, reproduce and spread bad germs within your household. You should change the hand towels in your bathroom every other day or replace them with disposable paper towels. If you are sticking with hand towels, make sure to wash them in hot water—weekly at best—to ensure proper hygiene.

Sheets & Pillow Cases

According to a study from Amerisleep, after just one-week pillowcases and sheets contain between three million and five million colony-forming units per square inch. For even germier facts, the chart they compiled below speaks for itself.

Banish Bacteria Hiding in Your Home Once and For All

Rest assured there are ways to avoid the growth of bacteria on your sheets and pillow cases. First, clean these items at least once a week, but consider more frequently if you typically fall asleep with a full face of makeup or break a sweat from working out before bed. Second, Amerisleep recommends swapping out your mattress every seven years and don’t forget those pillows!

Lastly, consider purchasing products treated with Microban’s odor control and bacteria fighting technology, like Serta’s Perfect Sleeper Allergen Protection Pillows. When Microban’s technology is applied to products it protects the fabric from harmful bacteria, fights dust mites’ food supply chain and more.

Laundry

A load of underwear will transfer at least 100 million E. coli bacteria—the culprit behind diarrhea—to the washing machine, which becomes a breeding ground that can contaminate other clothing. The same goes for any clothing exposed to construction sites, landscaping and any other environment that causes to get your hands (or in this case clothes) dirty.

Disinfect your machine at least once a week by washing a load of whites with bleach first, or cleaning your washer with bleach at least once a month (pour two cups of bleach into the detergent compartment, and run empty on the hottest cycle before wiping dry; and leave the door open after). To avoid spreading bacteria, wash underwear and any other exposed items separately with hot water and a color-safe bleach replacement.

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For disinfecting, bleach-based cleaners are the best broad range disinfectants. Although they contain harsh chemicals, they are very effective at killing a wide range of microorganisms. Bleach-based cleaners can even remove the color caused by mold stains. The trick is to clean often so nothing builds up. For maximum effectiveness with any cleaner (not to mention safety), be sure to follow the instructions on the label.

Clean freaks—what are your tips and tricks for eliminating bacteria? Let us know on The Cleaner Home Facebook page!