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Commonly-touched places in your home you might be forgetting to disinfect

During these unprecedented times, it’s important to stay up-to-date with relevant information, including the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control explaining precautions you can take to protect yourself and others. Washing your hands, social distancing and wearing cloth face coverings are critical, but it’s also vital to keep your home disinfected and clean.  

Here are some commonly-touched areas of your home you may need to give extra attention to: 

Light switches 

It would be great to have a “clap-on, clap-off” feature for our lights, but for now, most of us will have to touch the actual switch – and that presents a lot of opportunities to spread germs. In fact, a study by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) found that,while many people assume that the bathroom doorknob would be the dirtiest, other spots, including bathroom light switches, ranked higher with bacteria. Click here for a few tips on how to clean your light switches:

Dish sponges 

The NSF also found coliform – a family of bacteria – on more than 75% of dish sponges tested. So, it’s not very comforting to think about washing your dishes with or preparing dinner next to that sponge. Check out these “sponge do’s and don’ts” to make sure you’re keeping your kitchen tools clean:

Refrigerator handle 

Another area you probably touch before preparing food? The fridge. The fridge and freezer handles can accumulate germs if not cleaned often, and that bacteria can be transferred to a number of surfaces in your home. However, a common mistake people make is to only clean the front of the handles, when we touch the inside of the handles just as – if not more – often. While there are several methods for cleaning these areas depending on the material your appliances are made out of, it’s important to make sure you’re disinfecting the handle – not only polishing it. 

Creating and maintaining a clean house, especially during this time, can be a daunting task. Two Maids & A Mop delivers high quality house cleaning services while ensuring that your health and safety, as well as the safety of our employees, remains a top priority. We have always operated with a high standard for cleanliness given the nature of our business, and this will remain in full effect. Explore our services:

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