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Top 5 Germ Hot Spots in the Home

By Dr. Laundry December 7, 2006

As we’re in full swing of holiday season, it is tough to find the time to clean house! You should be all caught up from the Thanksgiving laundry. Luckily, doing a top-to-bottom home cleaning may not be needed but you should always concentrate on a handful of spots that contain the most germs. Over the years, my company has done a lot of research that showed the following five areas are the germiest places in the home. Using our Basic Bleach Solution* is a great way to tackle these problem areas. Specific approaches for each area:


    Plastic Cutting Boards – The place where raw meat, chicken and fish often touch. If not cleaned properly, cutting boards can serve as breeding grounds for salmonella, E. coli, and other nasty germs. Soaking in the sink with the basic Clorox® Regular-Bleach solution* for 5 minutes, then rinse and dry will do the trick to get rid of the bad stuff.


    Kitchen Sponges – Scary fact: the average kitchen sponge carries 7.2 billion bacteria! Sanitizing kitchen sponges can fight harmful food-borne bacteria. Soak kitchen sponges in the basic Clorox® Regular-Bleach solution* for 5 minutes daily, wring them out and they’re ready for action again.


    Kitchen Sink Drain – Between all the food preparation and cleanup that pass through here, it is no wonder the kitchen sink drain makes this list. It’s the perfect breeding grounds for common household bacteria that can thrive for days in your drain. After you have cleaned out the sink with the basic Clorox® Regular-Bleach solution*, pour 1 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach down the drain to kill germs and control odors.


    Kitchen Faucet Handles – It would make sense that faucet handles would make this list as they one of the most frequently touched areas—and most overlooked for cleaning—in the kitchen. It should be cleaned at least three times per week. Simply wipe the handles using the basic Clorox® Regular-Bleach solution* to help finish the kitchen cleaning.


    Bathroom sink drains – Like the kitchen sink drain, the bathroom sink drain needs to be cleaned at least weekly. Use the same procedure; After you have cleaned out the sink with the basic Clorox® Regular-Bleach solution*, pour 1 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach down the drain to kill germs and control odors.

Keeping in front of those pesky germs is important to help break the cycle of germ transmission. Following these tips will certainly help you do that successfully.

*The Clorox® Regular-Bleach solution is 3/4 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach diluted in one gallon of water.