from the desk of Kay & Leslie, founders of Grandparentslink.com
Navigate your home for germs…
Okay, are we all germ-a-phobic now? Absolutely, and for all the right reasons.
Our own grandparents would shake their heads if they saw us wiping our hands with sanitizers purchased at the neighborhood store, and washing our hands with soap and water as we each sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to ensure we have gotten rid of all the germs! At the end of the day, it’s all about taking care of ourselves and the ones we love — for their health and the health of others.
Now mind you, our homes can be a hot bed of germs; no matter what we do they are a part of our lives. So before the family descends on you for another Sunday brunch or dinner, or the little ones come over for a visit or sleepover, get started and get cleaning!
Here are a couple of hot spots we often overlook:
Carpet and Rugs:
Carpeting is like a sponge for all those nasty germs to inhabit. The carpet in your house holds onto every ounce of dirt, bacteria or the like, – even though you might be vacuuming several times a week. A good steam clean is the best defense, and should be done every three to four months in order to eliminate the bacteria.
Yep, we all keep an armload of the toys and accessories on hand for our grandchildren. That being said don’t just put them away after a visit; make a conscious effort and clean them. If they are hard toys, and can be put in the dishwasher, then do that. If not, use non-toxic wipes, or rinse with simple soap and water to ensure toys are safely stored without a build-up of nasty junk. Visit: www.dapplebaby.com, and check out “Dapple Toy & Surface Wipes”.
Now here’s one of the worst and most overlooked of them all. Like the carpeting, the stuffed animals absorb just like a sponge. If they are washable, be sure to do so after each visit. If not, put them in a pillowcase and place into the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes or so. A hot dryer does wonders and kills bacteria.