Disinfecting Your Home

by Dallas Maids - June 1, 2013

Cold and flu season is upon us! If you and your family are stuck in a cycle of never ending colds it may be time to disinfect your home. Today we are going to show you how seek out the hidden germs in your home, how to wipe them out and how to keep them from coming back.


Your family’s toothbrushes can be a hotbed for germs and harmful bacteria. You should sanitize each toothbrush once a week by mixing equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water and letting the toothbrush sit in that mixture bristles down for a few minutes. Always store your toothbrushes bristle side up in a medicine cabinet. Don’t leave them out in the open in the bathroom because. ready to gag? When your toilet flushes it can send tiny particles and bacteria into the air and those can land on your brush. Your family’s toothbrushes should be stored in a way that they are never touching and you shouldn’t share toothbrushes with anyone. Toothbrushes should be replaced every few months.


Germs Generally speaking the kitchen sink, the drain and the garbage disposal are the germiest places in your kitchen. Pour a half a cup of bleach and a half a cup of water around your sink and down your kitchen drain once a week. Sponges are another germ magnet. To sanitize your kitchen sponge simply get it wet, stick it in the microwave and nuke it on high for 2 minutes. Careful it’s hot! Sponges should be replaced and discarded frequently.

Common objects

Think of how many things your hands touch every day. Probably hundreds. Multiply that by the number of people in your home and that’s a whole lot of germ potential! Time to enforce a policy of frequent hand-washing! Put hand sanitizer around the house in areas like the bathrooms and kitchen. Buy a good sanitizing cleaning spray and use it to spray and wipe down the objects that your family shares or touches often. That should include doorknobs, light switches, drawer handles, the computer (don’t forget the mouse!), hand railings, arm rests of chairs, telephones and remote controls. You can sanitize washable items by washing them in the hot water cycle of your washing machine. That’s also a good way to wash children’s stuffed animals though you might try freezing them in the freezer for 24 hours to disinfect. Toys made from durable materials and plastic toys that don’t contain electronic components can be dunked in a bucket of diluted bleach water and left to air dry. Electronic toys can be carefully wiped with a sanitizer damped cloth or a handy disposable sanitizing wipe.

That’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks and as always: if it sounds like too much work just call Dallas Maids!