Four Ways You Can Start Cleaning Up Your Act
Germs are everywhere, and they’re both our closest companion and our greatest foe. There’s no denying the benefits of the bacteria that live in our guts — but there’s also no hiding the disgust we feel to realize that we’re basically sleeping every night in a feeding trough for bacteria and mites that like our dead skin.
If you’re looking for ways to clean up your life, you can start with the items you’re often encountering everyday, and using for a variety of purposes. Here are four ways you can start cleaning up your act.
1. Kitchen Sponges
Sponges are supposed to clean dishes for us, but even more frequently they end up transferring bacteria from surface to surface. If you think about it, a sponge is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that love moisture, darkness and bits of food. You can potentially transfer illness-causing pathogens like E. Coli, especially if you go from dishes to surfaces and back. You can boil or microwave your sponge every few days in order to kill 99% of the bacteria.
2. That Trusty Coffee Maker
Many people don’t think to clean out the coffeemaker — it gets hot, right? In reality, though, most coffee makers aren’t hot enough to kill bacteria, especially if it’s gotten into the water reservoir. To clean it out, run a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water once a month.
3. Headphones on the Way to Work
Bopping your head around to music might get the energy flowing, but can it be exposing you to bacteria as well? A recent study found that an hour of use increases the presence of bacteria 10x. To avoid painful ear infections, clean headphone surfaces regularly with soap and water.
4. Athletic Flooring at the Gym
Indoor sports surfaces can be surprisingly dirty. It makes sense if you think about it: a lot of people touching a lot of surfaces, and a lot of sweat, can be two good factors for bacteria growth. Luckily there are many rubber floor cleaning products available to tackle this problem. What should cleaning rubber flooring in a weight room look like? It’s a good idea to sweep it once a day, and then use a deep-cleaning antimicrobial solution periodically.
Do you have experience with cleaning rubber flooring? Let us know in the comments.