Kids and Germs
Kids are exposed to germs every day. Germs are part of life and building immunity, but germs can also bring unnecessary sicknesses and overexposure to contaminants like E.coli. Here are a few common places germs live that should be considered for weekly disinfecting.
Remote controls and other small electronics: Hands often aren’t washed before touching small electronics. Electronic surfaces house germs and after a few days will be holding a variety of germs from a variety of hands and places. Disinfect frequently.
Backpacks: Where does your child’s backpack sit each day? Classroom floor? Cafeteria floor? Public restroom floor? Backpack surfaces hold onto germs. So, if upon arrival home the backpack is placed on a counter, bed, or couch, these germs are being transferred to new surfaces. Backpacks should have a designated area, especially away from kitchen counters.
Sinks: Faucets, soap dispenser, or other surfaces touched before hands are cleaned should be disinfected.
Fridge handles: And other places where towels hang collect all the germs on the towel from cooking and dishes, then are left to accumulate on handles. The fridge handle is often the middle ground between food and eating and should be given frequent disinfecting.