5 Ways to Stop Germs From Entering Your Home
The truth is that no matter how meticulous you are at cleaning and disinfecting your home, you can’t keep it 100% germ-free. Indeed, every time you go outside, you’ll bring back in a lot of microbes. Many of these germs are harmless; the rest, like the dangerous strains of E. coli, not so much. It’s these pathogens that you want to stop from entering your home. To do that, here are some simple tips to remember.
Wash Your Hands Properly
Proper hand-washing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and disease. The operative word here is “proper.” Make sure to scrub thoroughly, including in between your fingers and under your nails. You should also include your wrists. If there’s no soap and water available, you can use an alcohol-based sanitizer (at least 60% concentration) in the meantime. Rub vigorously and make sure your hands are completely dry before touching anything. Then, once you reach home, wash your hands properly for 20 to 30 seconds.
Wear Hand Protection
Plenty of things and surfaces that you touch every day are littered with bacteria and viruses. The keypad or screen on ATMs, those elevator buttons, the reception desk at your workplace, door knobs, and even light switches. It’s simply not possible or practical to wash your hands every time you touch these objects. A good solution is to wear an anti-microbial hand protector like Ghluv to minimize your contact with communal surfaces. Beyond this, Ghluv can also actively inhibit or kill bacteria and viruses so they can no longer be retransmitted to other objects.
Remove Your Shoes
Your shoes prevent your feet from touching the ground. In turn, they pick up millions of microbes from the outdoors. You don’t want to track in all of those microorganisms all around your home, do you? Remove your shoes immediately after getting home, and place them in a dedicated spot near your door or right out on your porch. If you want, you can use the above-mentioned Ghluv antimicrobial hand protector when removing your shoes to prevent yourself from accidentally touching their soles. If you don’t want to go barefoot at home, wear socks or slippers indoors.
Remove Your “Outside Clothes”
If you work anywhere with a high concentration of germs, such as a hospital, a solid waste management facility, or a meatpacking plant , change out of your clothes or uniform before you go home. Place your clothing in a plastic bag, and don’t reuse that plastic bag in the future. Meanwhile, the clothes should be washed in hot water. Use a safe amount of color-safe bleach so as not to damage the fabric. If you have a tumble dryer, use the highest heat setting. If not, line-dry the clothes under the sun. As an added precaution, iron the clothes to kill any remaining bacteria and viruses.
Practice Safe Grocery Shopping
Here’s a fact: there are thousands of unpleasant germs living inside a supermarket. Raw meat, poultry, and fish alone can harbor Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria, which can both cause food poisoning and diarrhea. Even fresh produce may have traces of bacteria and viruses on their skins and packaging. This is not to mention the shopping carts and the hundreds of (unwashed) hands that touched their handles.
To make sure that you’re not bringing home bacteria with your groceries, make sure to place meat products in separate bags at check-out. Then, when you get home, wrap and put them in containers before you place them inside the fridge. For shopping carts, use disinfectant wipes to clean the handles as well as the baby seat. If there aren’t any disinfectant wipes available, you can also use an antimicrobial hand protector so you won’t have to touch the cart directly. This accessory is also valuable when you’re reaching for dry and prepackaged goods. You never know how these items were handled, so it’s best to be extra cautious.
All of these precautions might seem too much or even borderline paranoid. However, when it comes to your health, it’s still better to be safe than sorry. There are many things that are out of our control, but there’s so much more we can do on a personal level to prevent contamination and infection.