How healthy is your home?

Your home looks clean, right? Well most of the time, then. But how clean is your house really and what goes on in the nooks and crannies that are difficult to reach?

If your child dropped her toothbrush into the toilet, would this pose health risks? Is it true that your kitchen sponge harbours more bacteria than your toilet seat? Does a kitchen cloth really contain enough germs after one day of use to make you sick?

Few people have the time, the inclination or the desire to spend their lives cleaning and scrubbing. In this section, we take a look at the germs that lurk in your home and what you can do to get rid of them in the easiest and most practical way.

The section has been divided into four parts: The bathroom, the kitchen, the living areas and the outside area. Each of these has been divided up into its main problem areas. Each area provides a possible haven for different types of bacteria and/or viruses. These are named and a possible course of action is suggested.

In many cases, cheaper alternatives are suggested that also do the trick. After all, who wants to spend a fortune on cleaning materials if you can spend the money on a new shirt or a movie ticket?

Happy cleaning - and make your home as healthy as you can!

Provided by ArmMed Media
Revision date: July 3, 2011
Last revised: by Jorge P. Ribeiro, MD