Your clean and sanitized home would make any neat freak proud, but that’s where your reign of tidiness ends. Once you step outside each morning, you’re encountering a world of dirty surfaces covered in a bevy of bacteria, viruses and microorganisms.
While the reality is that nearly all microorganisms are harmless, nasty, disease-carrying pathogens do exist. It’s therefore smart to do whatever you can to stop germs from entering your sanctuary. The most obvious way to thwart insidious invaders is to avoid germy surfaces in the first place.
Aside from avoiding the aforementioned germ traps, the very best thing you can do to fend off pathogens from sneaking into your home is to have family members wash their hands for 20 seconds with warm water immediately upon entering the house. Further, the Centers for Disease Control encourages homeowners to clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs (think faucets, countertops, appliance handles and toilets)******.
Of course, it’s impossible to avoid germs entirely, and some will breach your defenses despite your best efforts. Just remember that while you may never win this war, it’s worth fighting the battle.