How home hygiene protects from illness

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Keeping your home clean and hygienic can help protect against illness and infectious diseases. Here are a few home hygiene tips…

Although we don’t usually think of our homes as places where we’re at risk of illness, in fact all sorts of bacteria live there. While not all of these lead to disease, it’s important to practice good hygiene at home so that illness and infections like MRSA  and diarrhea can’t spread, both at home and into the wider community.

It’s not possible to have a completely germ-free home. But by concentrating on a few key risk areas you can make your home safer.

What are the main areas to look out for?

Key areas on which to focus your hygiene efforts are surfaces, food preparation and storage, laundry and hand washing.

Why are surfaces so important?

Surfaces like kitchen work tops, taps, light switches, toilet seats and handles can provide a home for bacteria, so it’s important to make sure they are always clean.

But it’s not just the surfaces themselves – a lot of bacteria can live on cleaning cloths, brushes, sponges and mops, so you need to keep them hygienic too. If you’re using reusable cloths, wash and dry them after each use.

What about food preparation and storage?

Food poisoning can be caused by food that’s not prepared and stored properly. To reduce the risks, follow a few simple rules.

• Use separate knives and surfaces for cutting meat and vegetables.
• Keep raw meat and fish away from other foods.
• Wash your hands between each stage of food preparation. (Find Carex Hand Wash products here: Carex Hand Wash Products )
• Store food in the fridge. If you haven’t got a fridge, prepare food fresh each day.
• If you’re storing water, make sure that the container is clean and covered. Once the water is finished, clean and disinfect the container.
What’s the hygienic way to do laundry?

Clothes and towels can carry germs, so it’s important to wash them at relatively high temperatures and using a bleach-based product. If you have someone in your home with an infectious illness, do your laundry at 60°C. Otherwise, wash your things at 40°C. Make sure your clothes are completely dry before you wear them or put them away.

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When should I wash my hands?

Bacteria on your hands can spread harmful germs. To stop this from happening, always wash your hands:
• before eating or preparing food
• after using the toilet, blowing your nose and touching someone else or any animals

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3 essential home hygiene tips

  1. Remember that bacteria can live on surfaces for a long time – keep them clean even if they don’t look dirty
  2. Take extra care with hygiene when someone in your home is ill

Germs can transfer all over the home from people’s hands, so be strict about hand washing

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