1. Handle of the Refrigerator: How many times does your refrigerator get opened throughout the day? Dozens, I’ll bet. And, while you would like to think that everyone opening the refrigerator is doing so with clean hands, that’s just not the case. Because the refrigerator is opened so often during meal prep time, it’s likely that the refrigerator handle has traces of e-coli from handling raw egg and meat. Every once in a while, use a Clorox wipe to disinfect your refrigerator handle.
2. Dishwasher Handle: This is probably just as contaminated as your refrigerator handle, since the dishwasher is also frequently opened during meal prep. Take the time, after wiping down your refrigerator handle, to clean the handle of your dishwasher as well.
3. Telephone: Whether at work or at home, your telephone harbors an abundance of germs. People often cough or sneeze on the phone and fail to cover their mouths and noses adequately. It’s a good practice to spray your receiver with Lysol – especially during cold and flu season.
4. Computer Keyboard: If you share a keyboard with other members of your family, you might want to take the time to wipe it off with a Clorox wipe every once in a while.
5. Changing Table: You remember to change the pads on your changing table, but how often do you take the time to disinfect the entire changing table top? This is a haven for e-coli germs since babies often have dirty hands and then touch various surfaces of the changing table. It’s important to frequently change the pads and wash them in hot water, but it’s equally important to disinfect the entire changing table with a mixture of hot water and vinegar (a non-toxic cleaning solution).
6. Television Remote
7. Wii Controllers
8. Kitchen Dish Rags and Sponges: Your kitchen dishtowels and wash cloths should be changed on a daily basis if you have a busy household. Otherwise, use your best judgment. You want to switch out your dish towels before they take on that musty odor. Kitchen sponges are another breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Because the sponge is constantly moist or wet, you’ll want to zap them in your microwave for 3 minutes every day to sanitize them. After a week, it’s time for a new sponge.
9. Bathroom Hand Towel: If you have young children, it’s likely they are wiping their dirty mouths and noses on the bathroom hand towel. Every other day, go in a replace your hand towel with a clean one.
10. Cell Phone: How often do you place your cell phone down on a public surface or hand it over to your children for their entertainment? Probably frequently enough that you should disinfect it with a Clorox wipe.