Would you clean your teeth with your toilet brush?

January 2nd, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

There are certain places in any house that act as hotbeds for germs and bacteria, your bathroom sink is one of them. How close is it to the toilet? If you flush without closing your lid then tiny particles of urine and faeces could be landing on your toothbrush every time somebody pays a visit to the loo. You might as well be brushing your teeth with the toilet brush.

Closing the lid will help to avoid your toothbrush becoming contaminated and standing it upright will ensure that it dries properly. Try soaking the bristles in mouthwash once a week to add a bit of extra freshness to it and remember to replace it every three months.

When was the last time you bought a new sponge for the kitchen? You could unknowingly be spreading a colony of germs on to your dishes and glasses every time you clean them. This could mean that your dishes are actually more hygienically clean before you washed them!

It is important to keep the sponges and cloths used to clean dishes clean themselves, especially as wet places provide the perfect conditions for germs and, in some cases, mould to fester. Give them a rinse with hot water and dry them out completely, or if your sponge has no signs of life then throw it away.

Think about what you subject your sink to on a daily basis. Raw meat, vegetable trimmings, sloshed milk and even the uncooked remnants of last night’s omelette. All these bits stay in the sink and eventually make their way down the drain. Doesn’t sound very appetising, does it?

Cleaning the sink properly after you do the dishes will help to minimise the amount of germs and bacteria that has taken up residence. Once it is free of pots and pans, clean in and around the sink with an antibacterial cleaner and then rinse thoroughly. Leaving the tap to run for a minute or two will help dislodge any escapee bits of food that have gone down the drain.