As the leaves fall off the trees and the cooler weather arrives, sadly the season of pesky bugs also sets in.

It’s not just our bodies and immune systems we need to look after, however, we also need to look at how we can protect our homes from becoming germ and humidity incubators, which can lead to making you sick or your home becoming a breeding ground for mould.

“We all know that winter and germs go hand-in-hand. Naturally during the winter months we spend more time indoors, we bring germs in, and if we’re not careful, they grow and spread,” says .

During the winter months, when it’s warm inside (hello, heaters) and there’s moisture, bacteria grows quickly, which can lead to a whole host of problems. To ensure the conditions that you’re living in are optimal to prevent the growth of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, here cleaning expert, Barb, shares her top tips on how to make sure your home is not a haven for germs this winter.

  1. “Throw open your windows, even if it’s just for an hour every day, to ensure fresh air is circulating.”
  2. “Germs are a fact of life, chemicals don’t get rid of them all, nor would you want them to. Preventing the growth and spread of harmful pathogens in the home can be achieved quite simply, and without chemicals. It’s far better to physically remove bacteria from surfaces with a fibre like and to keep the surface dry, this way you can be sure the surface is clean and bacteria won’t have the moisture they need to grow.”
  3. “Hand hygiene and cleaning the surfaces in your home more frequently is important to prevent the spread of germs in winter. Pay special attention to door handles, light switches, remote controls and your phone, not surprisingly, these areas spread germs quickly.”
  4. “A common misconception is that spraying chemicals will get rid of 99.9% of the germs, when in fact most chemical sprays kill only a handful of different germs and need a long contact time, it’s not a simple case of spray and wipe.”
  5. “When cleaning in the bathroom, people tend to be fixated on cleaning the toilet bowl, and they totally forget about cleaning the flush button. Cleaning the flush button will prevent the spread of germs far more effectively.”
  6. “Pathogens in the home become dangerous when they have had the opportunity to multiply. Don’t clean with warm water, and don’t let your surfaces air dry, any bacteria left behind on the surface will have the perfect environment to grow.”
  7. “My advice for preventing germs in the kitchen would be to use cold water with a bacteria-trapping fibre such as ENJO. Always dry the surface immediately after cleaning, change your kitchen sponge regularly, and don’t forget to clean your sink – it’s a hotspot for bacteria.”

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