Hw to reduce the germ population in your home. It discusses cleaning techniques, and how to reduce problems with allergies.
The first thing that people must realize is that you cannot keep your house from having germs. To label anything the size of a house as being germ free is a significant stretch. Except in very controlled small places, nowhere is germ free. Even in those places, it is impossible to prove there are no germs because you cannot inspect them with your eyes to verify the fact.
Being germ free often means having low level of germs.
What you can do is slow down their advance. You can slow their growth and advance. What most people mean when they say, “germ free,” is a house where the things that can set off allergies or bring about disease are reduced to a low level.
Use a good quality household cleaner and disinfectant.
Most strong household cleaners can do this job. Cleaners from alcohol to Lysol do an excellent job of killing off most of the germs that people would worry about on the various surfaces around your house. The key is to do this job on a regular basis. Every house needs a disinfectant cleaning at least once per week. If someone in the house is sick or an illness is cirulating in the community, that may need to be stepped up to several times a week.
Use a good vacuum with a filter frequently.
A good vacuum with high-grade filters can remove most of the germs in the carpet and some from the air. Even a cheap air filtering device can go a long way toward ridding your home of most airborne allergens. It is a good plan to vacuum two or three times per week if you have a vacuum that can do a good job of filtering the air and not just redistribute the dust and germs. Furniture should be moved for cleaning the surface beneath it. This should happen a few times per month.
Wash dishes immediately after use or place them in the dishwasher.
Do not let dirty dishes sit. About everything you do not want in your home can breed on the food residue on dishes. Wash them in hot water and soap. That will do the trick. If you have a dishwasher, rinse the worst of the residue from the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher unless you are going to run it immediately. Always run the dishwasher at least once per day. If you need to run it less than this, wash the dishes by hand.
In extreme cases, you may have to make changes to your house.
If you have repeated problems with allergies or illness, then rugs, carpet, and pets may have to go. Keep your windows shut to reduce inviting unwanted germs into the house. Have your home inspected for mildew and treated if necessary. Modifications may need to happen to the house if mildew becomes an ongoing problem.
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