Do you ever stop and consider just how dirty some of the things you frequently touch are?
It’s actually shocking to see how germ-infested a lot of common items or places in your home are—especially upholstery and carpet. Thankfully, we are happy to share that there are also effective solutions to keep things clean and sanitary.
The Top 10 Germiest Common Items
The list of germy things could go on forever, but we’re just going to take a look at some of the most common items.
Did you know that the average dollar bill touches around 14,000 pairs of hands in its lifetime? Yep, cash is a big culprit for carrying bacteria, pathogens, and sometimes even traces of harmful drugs.
Many of us don’t carry a lot of cash anymore. However, when you do, make sure you sanitize your hands after each transaction.
Think about how many hands touch a shopping cart each day. Not to mention all of the different foods they’re exposed to.
Take the time to stop by the hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes that are conveniently located at the front of most grocery stores. You want to kill as many germs as possible.
COUCH AND OTHER UPHOLSTERY/FURNITURE
Your family and pets probably spend more time hanging out on your big comfy couch than anywhere else in the home. Yet, it is one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to regular cleaning.
In fact, the average couch is filled with bacteria, allergens, and food particles. Hate to tell you, but even traces of urine and feces can be commonly found. Luckily, Chem-Dry of OKC/Edmond can help with professional upholstery cleaning in Edmond.
The tiny crevices on computer keyboards are often homes for yeast, mold, and bacteria. Simply regularly sanitizing your computer keys can help make a significant difference.
That little device you constantly hold in your hand likely contains 10 times more germs than a public restroom toilet seat. Ew.
Most of us hardly ever put our phones down—even to use the bathroom. So it’s not that surprising that most phones are covered with bacteria that can cause infections, pneumonia, food poisoning, and more.
KITCHEN SINK, SPONGES & TOWELS
A recent study found that kitchen sponges contain around 10 million bacteria per square inch. That’s 200,000 more than the average toilet seat!
Dish towels are also a common danger. This study found that towels can actually be the most E Coli and Salmonella-infected surfaces found in the kitchen.
But it doesn’t stop there. The kitchen sink, including the handles and faucet, is often crawling with bacteria. A recent study found that almost half of kitchen sinks contain coliform bacteria—a family of bacteria that includes both Salmonella and E Coli.
Since kitchen surfaces are so frequently in contact with raw food and germs, they should be sanitized daily to help keep your family safe.
Daily traffic exposes your carpet to spills, stains, bacteria, allergens, dirt, pet hair, bugs, pet urine, and even trace amounts of feces. However, when you take advantage of Chem-Dry carpet cleaning in Edmond, Oklahoma—allergens and airborne bacteria can be eliminated.
The next time you sit down to binge your favorite Netflix series, consider what could be hiding on your remote. Hotel room remotes are even worse and contain more than 13 times the maximum acceptable level of bacteria per cubic center allowed in hospitals. Yikes again.
TOOTHBRUSH & TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER
Moist areas like toothbrushes are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria and can cause illnesses like meningitis. Plus, everything within a 6-foot radius of the toilet can be contaminated by bacteria every time the toilet is flushed.
We often reach for the fridge handle without thinking about what’s on our hands—like after handling raw meat. While cleaning your kitchen, don’t neglect sanitizing your fridge handle because harmful germs are commonly transferred there.
Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning In Edmond & Oklahoma City
The most effective way to combat these germ-infested areas is to be mindful about regularly cleaning and sanitizing them. And washing your hands regularly!
Professional services really help too—specifically Chem-Dry carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning. In fact, Chem-Dry of OKC/Edmond removes 98% of allergens from carpet and upholstery and 89% of airborne bacteria from your home.
We’re committed to making homes throughout Edmond and Oklahoma City cleaner, safer, and healthier.