Where are the most bacteria found in a house?
The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) found that areas where food is stored or prepared, had more bacteria and fecal contamination than any other place in homes. More than 75 percent of dish sponges and rags had Salmonella, E. coli, and fecal matter compared to 9 percent on bathroom faucet handles.
Here are the best ways to disinfect your home.
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in your house can help lessen the community spread of germs and bacteria.
- If someone in your home is sick, prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses, and more with appropriate cleaning strategies and disinfecting products like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Lysol Laundry Sanitizer, and Microban 24 Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Spray.
- Some of these products are expected to be effective against the novel coronavirus, but not all are, so be sure to read labels and check the EPA’s list of effective products.
- Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of these items are currently out of stock, but for keeping you updated here are some stores which are providing household things to your doorsteps: Best Online Grocery Stores.
How do you kill mycobacteria and mold?
Various combinations of household items such as vinegar, baking soda, and plain soap can be used as cleaning agents in the home. Here are some natural cleaners for Mold, Bacteria, and Viruses:
Vinegar is effective for cleaning mildew in the shower or can be used as an after-shower spray to prevent the growth of new mildew. Vinegar can also be used to kill some bacteria and viruses, including Salmonella and E. coli, and is useful for cleaning counters or cutting boards and removing smells.
- Baking soda
Baking soda has antifungal properties and is registered by the US EPA as a biopesticide. Mix baking soda with water to make a paste that is effective at removing mold or mildew in the grout between tiles.
- Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is more effective at killing mold and mildew. After scrubbing off mildew using a tea tree oil solution, apply a little extra to prevent more mildew from growing back.
Salt is an efficient way to reduce the amount of water available for microbes to grow. Salt also interferes with microbe enzyme activity and weakens the molecular structure of bacterial and fungal DNA.
- Household hydrogen peroxide
A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution can be use to remove and prevent the growth of mildew and mold. Hydrogen peroxide is registered as a sterilizer and is effective against the HIV-1 virus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Norovirus.
- Lemon juice
Lemon juice is a versatile cleaner, can be used in combination with baking soda or salt to stop the growth of some bacteria. Using a stronger cleaner is advised for cleansing surfaces.
Essential oils activity spectrum against microbes
1. Thyme Linalol
Thymus vulgaris ct.linalool – antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
Origanum vulgare – antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
3. Tea tree
Melaleuca alternifolia – antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
4. Eucalyptus Radiata
Eucalyptus radiata – antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
Lavandula angustifolia – antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal