Coronavirus: tips against viruses in the household – pathogens hide everywhere

Regular hand washing is one thing, but when was the last time the cell phone was cleaned?? Viruses and bacteria don’t stand a chance with these tips.

Dortmund – Whether in the streetcar or in the office: We try to protect ourselves everywhere from viruses to protect. In the own household However, this is often forgotten, even though there are a few prominent places where germs such as the Coronavirus can hide well. Which are and why one the places more frequently clean should,* compiled for you.

Coronavirus in the household: thorough cleaning is the key

At the latest since the spread of the novel coronavirus, everyone knows how important frequent hand washing or proper coughing and sneezing etiquette can be. But the pathogenic germs lurk not only on the hands, but also in all places that are frequently touched.

Precisely for this reason hygiene at Household at least as important as the Wash hands. The Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) has compiled the most important measures that you should take in your own home to protect yourself from infection. Because even with extensive cleaning, a few mistakes creep in every now and then.

Hygiene in the household: How to clean properly and get rid of viruses

For example, a thorough cleaning with the usual Cleaning products already more than 90 percent of all Germs removed from the surfaces. If one uses then still for kitchen, bath and toilet in each case separate Cleaning rags, change them regularly and wash them at a temperature of at least 60 degrees Celsius, then you have viruses no more chance in the household.

Disinfectant have no meaning in the household, according to the BZgA. They do not remove dirt or replace about a cleaning. So ran at the Cleaning cloth – and best of all: open the window. Because indoors, the number of Pathogens rise. If airing is done frequently, this will reduce the number and thus lower the Infection risk for example with the Coronavirus.

Cleaning in the household: These places must not be forgotten

So far, so good. That the toilet or the sink in the kitchenofter times the rags to face gets, should have been known to most. But some areas in the household and around us are true Hotspots for Viruses like the Covid19 – but almost no one has it on the screen.

For example, when was the last time the Keyboard cleaned or how often the towel Changed? If you take a closer look, it quickly becomes clear, even in a seemingly well-cleaned apartment, there can be Viruses and bacteria find paradisiacal conditions and then transmit diseases.

Frequently used and never cleaned: Viruses on remote control and co

Those who have to stay home sick often start a serial marathon for optimal recovery. In order to move then as little as possible, one reaches for the Remote control. But when was the last cleaned? Caught. The Viruses can wonderfully settle on the buttons and in the small cracks fix. If one grasps then the Remote control and then possibly into the bathroom Face, the pathogens suddenly come very close to you again.

The same applies to the SmartphoneAccording to the service portal Helpling, the cell phone is used on average up to 85 times a day. These are enough opportunities to transfer viruses and other germs directly to the display to carry around with you the dirt that you then. But there is a solution: Simply a few Drops Vinegar on a cloth and thus the SmartphoneDisplay or the Remote control wipe. And already the first Virus trap in the household and the Coronavirus has no chance at home.

So much for clean: viruses in the bathroom

And also in the Bathroom, the supposedly cleanest place in your own four walls, there’s plenty of potential for viruses. The dirtiest place in the bathroom is the faucet – who would have thought that?. But it’s actually logical, because you always get dirty hands on the water tap.

The paradox, then, is that the more often you wash your hands in times of coronavirus, the dirtier the tap. Therefore, you should give it at least as much attention as your hands and clean it once a week with bathroom cleaner. And you can be very precise.

But also the Sink head of the Toilet is a popular place in the Household, which is often overlooked during cleaning and where hygiene quickly falls behind. Thereby also like to find here times intestinal bacteria, Flu viruses and Cold germs again, which is why the flushing head can also be cleaned at least once a week.

Hygiene in the household: Coronaviruses also collect here

And what about the towel, the Toothbrush, the door handle and the light switch from? All these are popular places that are quickly forgotten when cleaning, but where lots of germs can collect. Therefore, these traps should also be observed:

  • Toothbrush: The toothbrush should be changed every three months at the latest. After a cold, however, an immediate change is advisable.
  • Towels: Whether in the bathroom or in the kitchen – Not always you get all the germs from the hands while washing and then smears them into the towel of the computer while drying. In flu or Coronavirus-times it is recommended to change the towels every three days.
    * remain – even on doorknobs, light switches or the refrigerator handle. So it’s high time to clean the affected areas in the household more often – here, too, a cloth dipped in vinegar will do the trick.
  • What for the Remote control and the Smartphone also applies to the Keyboard and the Mouse of the computer to. Researchers found up to 3300 bacteria per centimeter here. If you wipe the keys regularly, you give the Viruses however, no chance.
  • And last but not least: the Fridge – the damp inner wall is a paradise for germs, viruses and bacteria. Regular cleaning in the refrigerator should therefore be standard practice. If you stick to it, you kill Pathogen and at the same time still has the positiveside effect, that unpackaged food stays fresh longer.

Antibacterial cleaning agents or cleaning cloths from the supermarket do not bring any real advantages. Rather, care should be taken to dry the cleaning cloths well after use so that the germs cannot multiply so easily. libe

* is part of the nationwide Ippen Digital editorial network

Note: In a previous version of this text, we had written that viruses can replicate on surfaces. This is wrong. Certain viruses can survive on inanimate surfaces such as metal, glass or plastic for a certain time, but cannot reproduce. We have corrected corresponding passages and apologize for any inaccuracies.

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