Sunday: At Home

If you spent the day at home, you missed a wonderfully warm day! We got up to 10 degrees in Toronto! However, you might have managed to get some cleaning done, which is never a wasted day. The flu virus in all of its forms, is out and about, searching for the next carrier. I’m going to talk about the most important places to disinfect the home, and how to tackle it.

Target Cleaning Areas of the Home:  

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  1. Phones are one of the easiest ways family members contract that flu bug. Everyone in the home should wash their hands immediately upon entering each day, to ensure that bacteria is not spread throughout the living space. The phone (both landline and cell) are commonly riddled with germs, as it an object that is frequently used throughout the day. Computers and laptops are also hiding spots for germs. A good way to clean the phones and electronics around the home is to use a microfiber cloth with a few sprays of equal parts vinegar and warm water. You could also use a dab of rubbing alcohol.  Make sure you spray lightly into the cloth and not directly on to the electronics.

 

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2. Bathrooms are a magnet for germs because the entire family (and sometimes friends), visit the bathroom daily. If someone suffers with the flu at home, they have definitely used and  contaminated the bathroom, which is where the germs lie in wait for their next victim! Proper cleaning supplies would be a bleach or hydrogen peroxide diluted with water, and a drop or two lemongrass essential oil that will help disinfect, and help the bathroom to smell super clean! Don’t forget toothbrush holders and faucet handles cleaning, which tends to be the most neglected areas in the bathroom.

 

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3. Beds are a sneaky carrier because people believe once they change their sheets the bed is clean. Think again. The dust mites, bodily fluids, and odours seep into the mattress, causing your bed to be an infestation of germs. The proper way to clean would be to take the mattress outside on occasion, and give it a good whacking for a few minutes at a time. It’s best to take it out on a hot and sunny day because the rays help to kill all bacteria. If this is not possible, lightly spray some vinegar on the surface of the mattress, then sprinkle with baking soda. The mattress will sizzle slightly. Cover area with a few large towels and let it sit for a few hours. Afterwards, use the vacuum attachment to suck up all the leftover residue. Make sure the mattress is completely dry before adding fresh bedding, or else mold will grow.

 

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4. Surface areas such as countertops and tables are common places that encounter dirty hands. Bags, purses, backpacks and other objects that sometimes land on the floor, also sit on surface areas where we prepare food or eat. Hot water and vinegar is a good cleaning solution here, as well as a few drops of essential oil for a thorough clean and fresh scent.

Overall, there is much to know about the ways in which we can keep our homes clean. If you are not sure where to start cleaning, make a mental note of the common places in your home that you visit, or the objects you grab a hold of frequently. Use this mental checklist to create a cleaning guideline for the next big cleanup day, and you will be well on your way to winning the battle against bacteria!

I did not get a chance to bake Tiramisu today because I was out running errands for my big show at the end of March. I will try to fit it in to next Sunday’s addition of, “Sunday -At Home.” Sleep tight, and don’t let the flu bug get you tonight;) Happy Sunday everyone!

 

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