How do we keep the home clean and safe for everyone? Top tips to maintain home hygiene and reduce health risks.

How do we keep the home clean and safe for everyone? Top tips to maintain home hygiene and reduce health risks.

Many of us are complacent about home hygiene  as we think that our ritual wipe-down is enough to disinfect surfaces. But there are many unknown health risks if we do not know what can make us sick at home. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable since their immune systems are weaker.

Everyone, even active children, has learned during this pandemic that we must sanitise hands often. While this helps to slow the spread of germs, viruses and other bacteria, there are other things we need to look out for, or else handwashing will be useless. In a household with many members and different activities, it is important to maintain simple home hygiene practices that everyone can follow. How do we do so? First, let’s find out what are some of the top 3 health risks at home.

Top 3 health risks at home:

Here are 3 health risks at home that you may not realise:

1. Filthy refrigerator shelves

What most people don’t know is that home hygiene starts with food storage. Usually, we unpack groceries and put food products in the refrigerator without thinking. While the drawers in your refrigerator appear to be clean and sterile, as we touch them often, dangerous microorganisms including E. coli, salmonella can transfer from our hands to the shelves. Bacteria can also transfer from the bags and containers that we keep our food products in, even with thorough washing.

For those who pack food to schools or workplaces, these pathogens can linger on container parts and spread in the refrigerator. This is especially so for children who place lunchboxes in their bags and carry them everywhere, including the toilet.

This is a huge health risk, as the spread of bacteria on food can lead to food poisoning. Mild illness can be an upset stomach, but it might lead to something more severe, like kidney failure.

2. The old vacuum

Vacuums are so easy to use. Plug and play - it sucks all visible signs of dirt around the house, increasing hygiene. Yet, every single vacuum tested by the Environmental Science and Technology journal released some dust, bacteria, and allergies to the air.

This is especially so for older vacuums not equipped with filters. That means that even as your trusty vacuum seems to clean your house, air pollution is getting worst!

Invisible viruses, germs, and bacteria still lurk on the surfaces of the floor and furniture, increasing your health risks. Those who have asthma and allergies will suffer because of the poor air quality

3. Chemically enhanced household cleaning products

It is ironic, but many common household cleaning agents are packed with very strong chemicals that increase health risks. Certain laundry detergents, cleaning liquids, even cosmetics contain substances that release formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is a very strong anti-bacterial disinfectant, but high quantities can cause damage to the lung, and possibly cause cancer. Jewelry cleaners often carry the toxic chemical perchloroethylene, supposed to dissolve grease and oil quickly but also a possible cancer cause. Chloroxylenol, another common chemical in cleaning products, can also irritate the skin and is harmful to eczema-prone sufferers.

To keep our everyday items clean and keep up home hygiene, we dose these items with cleaning agents to disinfect them. But these chemicals increase our health risks drastically.

Ways to maintain home hygiene

While it may seem very daunting to maintain home hygiene and reduce health risks, here are some ways to do so: 

1. Clean surfaces and objects through less toxic means.

You can reduce your chances of developing food-borne illnesses by washing fruits and vegetables carefully with a fruit-friendly detergent before consumption.

It is also a good home hygiene practice to clean and disinfect your refrigerator shelves, as well as storage containers. Additionally, you should disinfect every single item once you reach home.

However, as shown above, traditional cleaning liquids are a health risk. You can switch to natural ingredients like lemon, vinegar, and baking soda to kill germs, viruses, and bacteria, but the effectiveness is highly subjective.

A better (and more convenient!) option is to use equipment with UV-C light to sanitise frequently touched surfaces and objects. It will reduce your chores and make you feel more secure knowing that these items are really clean!

UV-C light kills germs like viruses and bacteria. Unlike traditional cleaning solutions, we can use it practically anywhere on almost anything. It is used in hospitals to decontaminate instruments and rooms, proving very successful, especially in the patient rooms where pathogens linger. A study by Duke Hospital shows that it can get rid of up to 30% of drug resistant superbugs. With UV-C light, you can reduce health risks accurately instead of second-guessing by wiping down every surface.

2. Reduce air pollution in your home

We recommend buying a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and clean it regularly to prevent dirt and dust from polluting the home.

An indoor air purifier might be your best bet to filter out chemicals if you live near air pollution sources, such as a busy highway. Keeping the air clean at home will reduce the chance of skin-related problems and asthma while increasing your home hygiene.

Conclusion:

By now, you may wonder what’s the best way to increase home hygiene and reduce health risks especially if you are a busy adult. You’ll want to know how to clean all items that come into contact with germs, viruses, and bacteria quickly and efficiently.

The new Steinman UV Procare (Steriliser + Dryer) Cabinet will help you to eliminate that stress - just pop your items into a container and leave them in the cabinet.

Designed in Germany, the cabinet has many stellar qualities: a tempered glass panel liquid crystal display tells you the mode and settings, and a safe-lock function prevents pets and small children from accidentally unlocking the cabinet. There are different modes for sterilising or drying only. We can sterilise almost everything - from small personal items such as earphones, wallets, credit cards, to bigger items such as utensils and kitchenware. For those with newborn babies, you can sterilise milk bottles, pacifiers, teethers and so on conveniently.

The easy design means that anyone can use it - just put the item into the cabinet, set the mode, and you’re done. This reduces the stress for everyone in the family - old or young!

To find out more about a Steinman UV Procare Cabinet to reduce health risks at home, speak to our representative at Steinman today (sales@steinmanstore.com)

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