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Clean Where It Counts: 3 Surfaces That Matter
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Did you know that some surfaces are more problematic than others in terms of harboring germs? That's especially important if you're living with someone who has an autoimmune disorder, cancer, or pneumonia, or who is taking medications that compromise immunity.

If you can't manage a complete housecleaning every week (as if!), try just focusing on these often-neglected surfaces:

1. The touchables.

This includes all those surfaces you touch without thinking about them. Wipe down doorknobs, remote control devices, phones (including smartphones), and keyboards.

2. Key kitchen tops.

Routinely clean kitchen countertops -- but also get to those kitchen surfaces that older adults often forget about, like cutting boards and knives.

3. Key bathroom surfaces.

Most people think about wiping the countertop. But while you're at it, wipe down the faucets, toilet flush lever, and light switch. Keeping portable disinfectant wipes in the room will make the job easier. Tip: Shutting the commode lid before you flush prevents spray.


about 2 years ago, said...

True, both the cellphone cleaning, and purse bottoms. A friend that is a nurse, keeps a newspaper in her purse so she sets her purse on that instead of floors or other surfaces, then throws the paper away.


about 2 years ago, said...

Don't forget purse bottoms!!


about 2 years ago, said...

I wiped my smart phones and TV remote with a Clorox wipe for the first time. I was appalled at the black streaks that showed up, indicating that even though my husband and I wash our hands frequently (we're bacteriologists!), those items were filthy. From now on, they get wiped at least once a week!


about 2 years ago, said...

As soon as anyone gets sick in the house, I hit those areas hard, but I also the refrigerator handles, microwave touch pad and handle, and cabinet and drawer pulls. Lysol is my best friend!


about 2 years ago, said...

I don't caregive in my home, since my husband passed away, but its a good idea to hit these surfaces anyway. The only downside to closing the toilet lid due to backspray is that you have to clean the lid frequently, as the backspray does leave a wle colony of bacteria with every flush!


about 2 years ago, said...

Focusing on the touchables.


over 3 years ago, said...

Shutting the toilet lid . Never really thought about the reactive back spray. THANKS SO MUCH.


over 3 years ago, said...

reminders


over 3 years ago, said...

A helpful reminder in the article is that remotes need cleaning.


over 3 years ago, said...

Sometimes these are places that are forgotten. Thanks for the reminders.


over 3 years ago, said...

I appreciate the suggestions made here. So often the flush handle is neglected. Being an RN I am very aware of all the points mentioned but thank you for the reminders.


over 3 years ago, said...

Good reminders about the often overlooked surfaces. At times people i care for & other "professional" care givers think I'm overboard on gloves and wiping these surfaces. But I am not OCD. I have prior experience as a sterile processing tech. ALL surfaces need to be considered as contaminated. However, to what degree is the important thing. If only caregiver & patient in house easier to control. But when have an elderly mate that neglects personal cleanliness for various reasons it becomes much more difficult. I highly recommend the LYSOL automatic soap dispenser , & use of paper towels. Actually, I'm shocked that this linked worked. No advice on how to give personal care to your parent? You really need to work on your problems with links to articles. Extremely frustrating! This site COULD BE such a valuable tool if links didn't misdirect so often!


over 3 years ago, said...

Well, as I was reading this, most of these were 'yep - makes sense.' Was I currently cleaning these areas? For most of the details, the answer was NO. I forget about doorknobs, remotes, toilet flush lever and light switch. Wow! Thank you for the detailed tips!


about 4 years ago, said...

everything, but th bathroonn mostly..


about 4 years ago, said...

The article is a good reminder to me to wipe off some surfaces I tend to skip over. Thanks!