How do we get infected with Viruses, Bacterias and Mould?
AREAS IN YOUR HOME AND ENVIRONMENT THAT BREEDS GERMS
- Kitchen Towel – You not only dry dishes with it, but also wipe dirty surfaces as well as cleaning the hands of your little ones and cleaning their faces. In these towels can be Salmonella and bacterial faeces. Always ensure to clean these towels regularly by letting it lie in Bleach for at least 2 min. You can also take ozonated water that you made from your ozone machine, and use that water to disinfect the towels, and other areas in the kitchen.
- Dirty Sponges – this is by far the dirtiest thing in your house. It is wet, absorbent and your wipe virtually everything up with it. Sponges are hard to keep clean, so rather throw them away, if they become smelly or mouldy.
- Soap dispensers – Your hands are not clean when you give the hand disposer a nudge, but that’s not really the reason why it is full of bacteria. The soap inside the gadget gets contaminated when it’s not completely empty when it is refilled. Therefore, when you wash your hands, it gets contaminated with those bacteria, and gets spread onto anything your touch thereafter. Wash your dispenser thoroughly and dry with a paper towel before refilling it with new soap. Unfortunately, even the blow dryers also can spread germs as well.
AREAS AT THE OFFICE THAT BREEDS GERMS:
Your coffee or tea cup at work – The water that you make your coffee/tea from usually comes from a yeast and mould-filled water tank. Most of the time there isn’t clean cloths or sponges to wash it with after you finished your drink. Rather take you mug home where it can be cleaned properly with soap and water, or even put it into your dishwasher if you have one at home.
- All machinery at the offices are covered with germs from the microwave to the refrigerator door, buttons on the vending machine, the dark damp reservoir in your coffee machine can have yeast or mould.Try to wash the coffee machine once a month with vinegar to help kill any possible yeast or mould build-up, and ensure to rinse the coffee holder in-between making new batches of coffee. Always wash your hands before and after touching any appliances.
- Your computer keypad – Think of the following scenarios, during working hours you eat lunch or snack over it. Your children want to use your computer for playing games, they wipe their runny noses while playing the games continuously. Your cat hops up wanting to have a snooze after just being in the litter box.. It just carries on and on. The only way to clean your computer properly is to shut it down, ensure any possible crumbs are shaken off, and use rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball or pad to clean in between the keys.
- Your office or even reception area – Use the Ozone machine to help purify the air in the morning before everyone enters. This will help to purify the area, as well as killing the pathogens in the air. If you have a lot of people working with you, the contamination of pathogens is very high, as they give each other the flu and other viruses.
- SHOPPING CARTS AND SEATS – Both are usually a problem with Ecoli, Campylobacter and Salmonella, all of them can cause diarrhoea They stand in the sun for hours – sometimes the birds poo on them, you then buy your meat and thereafter put other things into the cart. Your children sit in the carts with their nappies which could be another contaminant. Please use the wipes that is supplied at the shopping centres to clean the handle before you use the cart.
- The ATM – as you can imagine everybody uses these machines, you have absolutely no idea where they were before you, or what they ate. Their hands could be full of oil from take-aways, people who don’t wash their hands after being to the rest rooms, etc…..
- Your handbag – Its not just dirty on the inside but also on the outside. You keep on putting your hand in and out of it, your children might also do it with sticky little hands. Then on the outside, you put it on counters, on the floor in restrooms, also on the carpet on the floor of your vehicle. All these areas are potentially breading areas of pathogens. Clean your bag on a regular basis (Inside and outside) and when possible, hook your handbag onto the hooks that are provided at the back of the doors in restrooms.
- Money – Your money has been touched by thousand of people. You don’t even know where that piece of paper or coin has been. Researchers have found that most paper money/rands contains more than 3000 types of germs or pathogens. Some people lick their fingers while counting money. You can get various infections from acne to diarrhoea. Always wash your hands after you have handled money.
- Cellphones – Most people take their phones everywhere with them, even to the toilet. Your phone can have E-coli on it. Its sometimes 10 times dirtier than your toilet seat…… E-coli can live for hours on the warm surface of your cell phone. Always wash your hands thoroughly after you have been to the restroom.
- Laundry – You think by washing everything in your washer and dryer will kill all germs? Think again…. Some viruses can survive through this process. Wash underwear with hot water, when possible use bleach. Also ensure that your clothes are dried properly when you use your drier.
- Dog toys – Dogs have other type of pathogens in their bodies. Every time they play with their toys it gets full of slobber, the toys gets dropped all over the place and it could become a great area for germs to breed and survive. Always ensure to wash it regularly and thoroughly. You could even clean it by placing it in the top drawer of your dishwasher. The fabric toys should be put into your washer and dryer.
- Toothbrush holder – Germs stick to the handle and drips down onto the holder. Its amazing the number of germs that are found on your toothbrush holder…. Clean it regularly and if you can even put your toothbrush in you dishwasher. However I suggest to use the ozone water to rinse your mouth as well as cleaning the toothbrushes.
- Remote control – Your Tv remote control (and others as well) are handled by everyone in your household. Its in your hands, on the floor or in between your couch cushion which are usually full of mould and bacteria. Use a anti-bacterial wipe and clean often.
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