Dish cloths offers all living conditions for germs: leftovers, heat, moisture and … time to develop. A single cell bacterium can multiply up to 130,000 times in just six hours. The best is to change the dish cloths after each use.
Bath sponges and loofahs
“Change often your sponges;” warns microbiologist Katie Laird, “because is the ideal environment for bacteria to grow.” Throw your loofah after three months because bacteria like to feed themselves with the dead skin that remains in them. Rinse sponges, and if have an odd smell, put them in the washing machine on a high temperature.
We all have noticed at least once those black spots on ducks’ belly of ducks with our kids play with, in the tub. Bath toys can mold, so water must be drained after each bath, then dry the toys well. If they are already stained, clean them thoroughly with a brush and a solution of water, salt and vinegar. If stain persists, throw the toy.
Some studies show that there are viruses of herpes on the bristles other studies show that on your toothbrush occur bacteria that cause colds and flus, throat, nose and ears infection. “Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after each use and replace it every three months,” advises Dr. Nigel Carter, of the Foundation Dentists in England.
Computer keyboard hides a range of bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, which causes a number of diseases or infections. Flick keyboard to remove the dust and crumbs every night and clean it regularly with a damp cloth or with a special solution.
Lotions, hair and dead skin left between the razor blades can feed bacteria and can infect hair follicles next time you shave. Rinse your razor with hot water after each use, dry the blades thoroughly and put it in a cool dry place (not on the edge of the tub!). After three to four uses buy another device.
We all have at home such a collection of containers (yes, a few boxes, even reused from other foods). If you use them to freeze the food, instead of placing the box with everything inside the microwave, which disintegrates chemicals and foods, remove the content before thawing. Wash thoroughly with water and detergent and throw any box that looks too used.
Raw meat and unwashed vegetables can have salmonella and e-coli, so wash well the cutting board after each use. They say wood is popular for “self-cleaning”, but in fact, because it has a porous structure absorbs bacteria. That’s why you shouldn’t soak it in water, wash it immediately and dry thoroughly before reuse.