January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012
Germs in Your Home Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you have had a safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Yesterday, I started blogging about germs in the household which I will be completing today. Hopefully, these tips will help you stay healthy during the time of year so many have colds and the flu.

7. Toothbrushes

These are a triple whammy: They are contaminated with the cold and flu bugs found in your mouth, and they are often put away wet in a glass or other bacteria friendly microhabitat. Plus, if they are stored near the toilet, they will collect aerated fecal bacteria each time you flush. Clean brushes in the dishwasher regularly and stock up. That way, one is always at the ready. (And do not forget to sanitize the slime collecting toothbrush holder by running it through the dishwasher.)

8. Towels, linens and pet beds

Up to 30 percent of people unknowingly carry staph bacteria on their bodies, and a portion of those carry a drug-resistant and sometimes deadly strain called MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Do not share hand towels. We think these are a route of transmission for MRSA. All linens should be washed weekly in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. And do not forget a high heat cycle in the dryer for the family pet's bed, which is also a hotspot for MRSA.

9. Nightstands

Nightstands can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Some people eat in bed and the spilled crumbs, along with irregular cleaning, give bacteria the time and food they need to flourish. Other people may be wiping down the nightstand with the germy sponge used to clean the bathroom. Clean nightstands frequently with a clean, damp cloth.

10. Carpets

Bacteria thrive in moist environments, so why are there a lot of microscopic critters in carpet? Germs such as E. coli flourish there, thanks to the crumbs that make up an endless food supply. Regular vacuuming will help.

11. Computer keyboards

Turn your keyboard over and shake it. Is there a shower of crumbs? If so, you've likely got millions of pathogens including MRSA observing each and every keystroke. Shake the keyboard regularly, and disinfect it with a wipe.

12. Bar soap

You thought you were cleaning your hands, but in fact, you may have been picking up more germs, since bacteria can survive and grow on bars of soap. Liquid soap in a disposable dispenser is a better option and be sure to recycle when you are finished.

Hope the past two blogs about germs in the home help you stay healthy during the winter and all year round.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab