Quick and Easy Home Sanitization Methods

by Karen Bates
(last updated May 18, 2009)

It seems that there are always ways that we could make our homes cleaner. There are so many surfaces and areas that can collect dirt and house germs that sometimes we feel like we are constantly cleaning. The bathroom, the kitchen, the bedroom, and other areas of the house seem to get dirty again almost as soon as we clean them. How can you keep your house sanitary when there is so much to do all the time?

Don't worry too much, though. Sanitizing your home doesn't have to be a huge chore. There are shortcuts and easy alternatives to constantly scrubbing and cleaning the surfaces in your home.

Use these ideas to make home sanitization easy and fast:

  • Kitchen. Your kitchen has many surfaces that are used to prepare food, and they can gather germs quickly. It is important to keep these areas clean to avoid contamination between foods. After you are done using your cutting board, wash it thoroughly with soap and water. For your counters, use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, diluted bleach, or an anti-bacterial all-purpose cleaner. Make sure you rinse surfaces that will be used to food preparation after you clean them.
  • Bathroom. Many germs can end up in the bathroom, but it can be easy to sanitize everything quickly. Using a bleach solution or an anti-bacterial spray, simply spray areas of the bathroom and wipe with a paper towel or cloth. You can spray and wipe your counters, toilet exterior, bathtub/shower, and walls. For your toilet bowl, use a toilet bowl cleaner and a brush. If you are using a bleach solution to clean, remember to properly protect your clothing and wash your hands. Also, be sure to regularly wash your towels and bath mats. Wash them on hot if the washing instructions allow.
  • Bedroom. It is important to wash your bed sheets often. Wash your sheets and mattress pad on high heat to kill germs. It might not be safe to dry your mattress pad in the dryer because of the elastic on the edges, so double check the tags to avoid damage.
  • Other. To keep carpets clean and free from dust mites, vacuum often. Just going over your carpeted areas quickly each day can really make a difference. Mop kitchen and bathroom floors regularly with a simple cleaning solution. Steam cleaning is also an option to sanitize most surfaces in your home, as well as sanitizing wipes (although they can cost a lot). Consider getting an air filter if anyone in your home has allergy problems.

Home sanitization can be quick and easy if you work on it a little each day. Simply wiping, vacuuming and washing can do a lot do prevent the spread of germs in your home.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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