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Top 5 Hot Spots for GERMS to lurk in your house can be making you and your loves ones sick. Bacteria, allergens, viruses can cause elderly people to be sick more often.

Number 1: Sponges

Sponges are among the dirtiest, most bacteria-ridden objects in anyones home. They provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria - damp with thousands of tiny little crevices to grow. Even if you think the sponge is clean within a very short time after initial use, a damp sponge begins to grow bacteria. Using a dirty sponge on dishes and countertops can result in food-borne illness. When you wipe down the kitchen counter, E. coli and salmonella are spread all over. Instead, use paper towels or dishcloths that can be tossed into the washing machine every few days. If you have been using a sponge, be safe and wipe down kitchen surfaces with a mix of bleach and water. Be sure to rinse with clean water & STOP using sponges.

Number 2: Doorknobs & Light Switches

Studies have shown that bacteria and viruses can survive on doorknobs and other surfaces like light switches for hours. Clorox or Lysol wipes and Lysol spray are very effective measures to rid of unwanted viruses and bacteria on places you frequently touch. Get into the habit of washing your hands frequently and don’t forget the bathroom faucets!

Number 3: TV Remotes & Phones

Everyone in the house probably handles the remotes to your TV and phones. They have been coughed on, sneezed on and touched countless times through out a single day. Frequent sanitizing is a healthy practice. Lysol spray is great for getting into the tiny nooks and crannies of a remote or phone with buttons. Be sure to get them wet (not drenched) with the Lysol spray and let dry.

Number 4: Vacuums

Vacuuming is an effective way to reduce the level of airborne allergens in the home IF you use a HEPA filter. Dust mites, pollen, pet dander and other allergens are not effectively contained in an average vacuum filter. These irritants are thrown back into the air and onto surfaces you just cleaned and can continue to cause discomfort for you and your family. To avoid this, look for a vacuum that has HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. These extra-fine filters can trap up to 99.9% of particles for years, effectively reducing the pollutants in your home. A very effective but pricey brand is Dyson, however there are more affordable vacuums available with a HEPA Filter.

Number 5: Pillows

You have probably all seen the commercials by now with a magnification of dust mites. You don’t want those little creepers in your pillow, crawling around your head while you sleep. Dust mites are the most common cause of non-seasonal allergies and asthma. Dust mites feed on flakes of human skin, which can be found deep within your pillows. To reduce the build up of dust and dust mites and lessen their effects, use zippered, dust proof pillow covers and wash them frequently in hot water. Don't forget to tend to throw pillows in living areas as well! It helps to seal the pillows in an airtight bag or throw them in the freezer.

With spring in the air, allergens are at their peak. An ounce of prevention can help keep you healthier this spring.

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