Where Germs Hang Out and How to Kick Them Out


Germs are pesky buggers and have the potential to ruin what could have been a great holiday. Here are several sneaky spots germs like to hang out in and what you can do to keep your living quarters safe and germ-free.

The Laundry Room

You probably think your washing machine is one of the cleanest locations in the house; well think again. Dirty laundry fills your washer, and upcoming loads of laundry, with bacteria and viruses. To keep your washer clean, run it empty with a cup of bleach once a week.

The Family Room

Germs hang out wherever you do, especially in locations that everyone touches, like coffee tables, telephones, TV remotes, and game controllers. Clean these with disinfectant wipes and use a damp microfiber cloth to dust your flat screen. Vacuum crumbs and soak up spills immediately so that bacteria can’t grow in your carpets and furniture.

Knobs and Railings

Germs spread quickly via doorknobs, cabinet handles, switches, and lamps. Clean these surfaces once a week with disinfecting wipes or a cleaner; make sure to clean more often if a family member or visitor is sick.

The Office

Keyboards, desktops, and phones are lively breeding grounds for germs, especially if you share devices or equipment at the office. If you eat while you work, it’s also more likely that bacteria will grow. Clean your keyboard often or use a vacuum attachment to remove bits of junk and crumbs. Another option is buying a skin for your keyboard which is easily removable to clean. Dust your monitor with a microfiber cloth.

The Kids’ Rooms

Clean all the surfaces in your child’s room at least once a week, for children spread germs quickly and easily. If you have a baby, make sure to clean the diaper changing area extremely well. Plastic toys and crib rails and slats should also be disinfected.

The Fridge

Make sure to keep your fridge clean by washing all its walls and shelves, doors, and other compartments with hot soapy water. To get rid of smells, you can use a mix of half water and half white vinegar, or wash with baking soda and water mixture. Always clean refrigerator spills right after they happen.


Make sure to consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for all health related advice.

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