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(Artwork by Ariana Maralit)

Let’s admit it, since the pandemic started, most of us have been more proactive when it comes to cleaning our houses, and that’s including where our throne is located—toilets. 

That’s not a bad thing—A clean home creates less space for disease-causing germs to spread and most likely infect you. Studies have shown that bacteria can breed and grow into 8 million copies of itself in just 24 hours. That is something you do not just overlook.

According to this survey, it takes around two to four hours a week for an individual to clean their homes. However, some ineffective cleaning habits can further spread more unwanted organisms in places where they shouldn’t be.

  1. Wiping every surface with the same cleaning tool

If you are using sponges or cleaning cloths to wipe surfaces, you’re probably just transferring even more germs from one place to another. It’s best to dedicate a cleaning tool for specific places to ensure there’s less risk of transferring.

Alternatively, before cleaning the next area with the same tool, it’s advisable to soak sponges/cleaning cloths in disinfectant. This kills the germs you already wiped off before they even get the chance to transfer elsewhere.

  1. Leaving the toilet cover up when flushing the toilet

Did you know that there are approximately 2.3 million germs per square inch on the surface of your toilet? What you probably didn’t know is you might be adding more to that number every time you flush your toilet with the seat cover open. The rush of water launches fecal bacteria (E. Coli and fecal coliform) up in the air before dropping down to new territory—and that’s if it does not get stuck under the rim of the seat.

Next time you do some business, just make sure to close the lid and the rest of the bathroom stays germ-free longer. 

  1. Scrubbing/wiping cleaning products before they take effect

When disinfecting surfaces, it’s important to let cleaning solutions take time and do its job, to kill the germs we want to avoid. But what most probably do is to apply products, and then immediately proceed to cleaning.

The best way to make sure you make the most out of cleaning is to first clear any dirt, debris, or stains that might have built up over time. Once clear, that’s the time to apply a disinfecting agent to eliminate the microbes that you cannot see. After a few minutes, proceed with scrubbing, wiping, and rinsing for a squeaky-clean and germ-free surface.

  1. Using ordinary thin laundry bleach to clean surfaces in your bathroom including the toilet

Laundry or thin laundry bleach can kill germs; however, this type of cleaning agent is not formulated to stick on the surface to keep it clean longer. That is why it is not advisable to clean your toilet with the same solution you use to clean clothes.

You can use products that are especially made for effective cleaning and germ-killing such as Domex Ultra Thick Bleach  and Ecosphere multi-purpose cleaner. These products are effectively proven to eliminate germs. 

  1. Storing cleaning tools as soon as you’re done

After the job is done, most people will probably call it a day and put their tools back in storage. What is often forgotten is you should also clean these tools as soon as you’re done with them. If you don’t clean the tools right after using them, it’s likely to grow the germs you’re trying to avoid in the first place.

There you go. Make sure you review this list when cleaning your home to avoid spreading germs. 

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