When’s the last time you disinfected these 10 dirty, germ-covered things?
Have you checked out the Center for Disease Control’s flu map for the year? It’s a map of misery with the flu widespread across the nation.
We all know to eat the right foods to nourish the body, to get plenty of rest, and to avoid exposure to the best of our ability.
That said, it’s almost impossible not to be exposed when the flu is so widespread.
Preventing exposure through a regular disinfecting routine can go a long way towards keeping your precious family healthy.
While there are some obvious items to disinfect, such as your doorknobs and toilet handles, there are some germ-covered things you may have overlooked.
10 Dirty, Germ-Covered Things You Forgot to Disinfect
1. Your Keys
Have you thought about how often you handle your keys? Spray on some disinfectant and wipe them down with a soft cloth.
2. Cell Phones
Our cell phones rarely leave our hands. Not to mention the number of times we pass them to friends. In this case you want to spray disinfectant on a soft cloth and wipe well.
3. Remote Control
Everyone touches the remote. Make sure it is on your list of items to disinfect routinely.
I have a friend who works in the hotel industry. She recommends you bring disinfectant wipes on your next trip and use them to clean the remotes in hotel rooms. Smart!
4. Computer Keyboard and Mouse
Our computer keyboards can get super grimy without regular cleanings. Make sure your computer is off and use something soft like a cotton ball or microfiber cleaning cloth to disinfect the keyboard and mouse.
While we’re talking keyboards, don’t forget to disinfect your tablet!
5. Dog Toys
I know what you’ve heard about a dog’s mouth being clean. Bacteria thrives in a wet environment, making dog toys a haven for germs.
If it is a rubber toy, add it to the top rack of your dishwasher to get it clean. Soft toys need regular washing in the washing machine.
6. Your Purse
Not only do you regularly handle your purse, but you also set it down in public places. Pull out that soft microfiber cloth, spray it with disinfectant and wipe your purse down. If it is pure leather, be sure to spot clean to make sure the disinfectant doesn’t ruin it.
7. Credit Cards
Do you regularly think to disinfect your cards? Of course not! Neither do I. That doesn’t change the fact that they get germy.
8. Shopping Carts
Everyone touches the shopping carts. Including the kids with the runny noses. Make sure to bring disinfecting wipes in your purse to wipe it down prior to use.
While you can’t disinfect the ATM machine, you can carry your own homemade witch hazel and aloe hand sanitizer and use it immediately after touching the machine.
10. Refrigerator Handles
Think about how many times a day your refrigerator handles are touched. Make sure you are wiping them down regularly to keep germs away. In fact, it’s a good practice to do this every night before you head to bed.
You can disinfect all of the germiest covered things, but step number one to stay healthy and avoid the flu is still to wash your hands!
My homemade kid-friendly foaming hand soap contains safe ingredients (remember: not all essential oils are kid safe). It is also easy to make and economical too!