Caregiver Assistance Newsletter: Controlling InfectionVIEW NEWSLETTER (December 2010, PDF)
Does Your Home Get a “C” for Cleanish?
Controlling the spread of infectious germs around the house doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Following some simple rules can drastically cut the chance of illness:
Prevent cross-contamination. Use a different implement (broom, mop, sponges) for each cleaning task in the kitchen and bathroom.
Disinfect cutting boards after each use. And use separate cutting boards: One for vegetables and fruits, and one exclusively for meats. Or, mark each side of one board: One side for vegetables and fruits, the other
side for raw meats.
Replace sponges frequently. Sponges and scrubbers provide the warm, moist conditions and trapped food particles on which bacteria thrive. Bacteria multiply rapidly, increasing from a few to millions in a matter of hours. Between uses, clean sponges with an antibacterial cleaning product and let air dry or microwave a wet, not dry, sponge for two minutes.
Empty the vacuum. Dangerous organisms, such as Salmonella, could be multiplying in the vacuum cleaner bag, waiting to be released into the air every time you vacuum. Bagless vacs should be emptied after every use. For vacs with collection bags, empty at least monthly.