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Eight things we might forget to clean but should

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Regardless of how well we clean our homes and our belongings, there are always little things we tend to neglect or simply forget. For the most part this is rarely a problem. Certain studies have shown that a ‘too-clean’ environment can inhibit our bodies from developing a strong immune system.



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There are times, however, when it’s crucial to keep things as clean and germ-free as possible; for example:

When we are handling and feeding a new baby.
When family members are unwell – especially with the flu or gastro.
When we are experiencing or recovering from an illness that weakens our immune system.

Diligent hand-washing is the best way to deter the spread of germs, but a little extra attention when cleaning helps, too.

Here is a list of eight things around our homes that we may sometimes neglect.



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1. The sides of bench tops and chopping boards.
While we can be thorough when wiping these down, we may tend to skip the edges and sides. This is particularly important when working with meat and poultry. It’s also a good idea to disinfect our chopping boards or rinse them with boiling water.



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2. Door and drawer handles.
Washing our hands, especially after handling pets, using the toilet or working outdoors is a habit most of us keep, but the trips in and out of the bathroom mean that we are often handling the doorknobs with dirty hands. One of the most notorious places for germs or grime to build up is underneath drawer-pulls or in recessed handles.



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3. Handbags and purses.
Most of us are guilty of putting our handbags on tables, public bathroom bench-tops and even on the floor or ground. We handle our purses constantly and according to the Southern Medical Journal, ‘paper money can carry more germs than a household toilet.’ So it pays (no pun intended) to give our purses and handbags a regular wipe-over.



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4. The handle and spout of our kettle.
The handle because we are touching it so often and the spout because it is exposed to all sorts of things in a kitchen environment including dust, cooking grime and bugs (it’s a good idea to empty and refill your kettle with fresh water each time – I once found ants in mine).

5. Our computer mouse, headphones, USB’s and other attachments.
Most of us remember to clean our computer and keyboard but not always the accessories we use with it. If we are unwell and sharing these items with other family members we can inadvertently also share our illness.



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6. Switches and buttons.
Light switches, power-points, on/off switches on electrical items, remote controls, phones, car-keys...need I say more?



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7. Medicine or pill bottles.
Of course when we’re sick, we’re going to be handling medication. A quick wipe of the container and lid can help prevent spreading germs to the next user.



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8. Drink bottles.
OK, most of us are pretty diligent about washing the bottle, but what about the sipper-cap? Not only do we handle this constantly, but unlike a glass or cup, we tend to throw the bottle in our bag or leave it unattended more often. I used to work in a school and would always see children playing with their sipper caps or opening and closing them with dirty hands. A good wash and scrub with a bottle-brush will get the grime out of those little grooves and crannies.

Let me finish by pointing out that this list is the product of my own experience and is not intended to alarm anyone or to make the assumption that our cleanliness habits are less than acceptable under normal circumstances. But even the cleanest environment needs a little extra care when we are at our most vulnerable.

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