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Establishing a Germ-Free Home

With cooler months right around the corner, homes become the perfect breeding ground for germs galore. With more people staying indoors, it seems that colds, coughs, sniffles, and flues are passed in abundance. Although the occasional winter illness may seem inevitable, I’ve found several ways to keep the germs in my home at bay. Following these simple guidelines you too can establish a germ-free home.

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Establishing a Germ-free Home

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Sanitize your toys: Sharing toys often means sharing germs. When sanitizing your home, it’s important to make sure you clean your child’s toys on a regular basis – before/after playgroups, during/after illness, or just on a weekly basis. I find it easiest to disinfect my son’s toys with Clorox wipes. However, I’ve also heard that adding a little bleach to a gallon of water and allowing the toys to soak works great too! After disinfecting toys, be sure to allow them to air-dry.

Clean your kitchen surfaces and cleaning tools: It’s no secret that germs thrive on kitchen surfaces. Although you may be good at cleaning your counter-tops, how often to you disinfect your sink, cutting boards, rags, and scrubbing brushes? To help eliminate germs, be sure to spray your sink and faucet with a disinfectant on a regular basis, run your scrubbing brushes through the dishwasher every few days, and wash your rags in hot water.

Disinfect areas and items of high susceptibility to germs: Use disinfectant spray or wipes to clean areas in your home that are frequently touched: light switches, door knobs, remotes, cell phones, etc.

Properly clean your bathroom: Showers are a great way to rinse germs off of your body. However, not all of the germs get rinsed down the drain. With that being said, it’s important to clean your tubs on a weekly basis.

Keep your toothbrush clean: It’s important to sanitize or replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Whenever someone in my household is sick, toothbrush replacement is always one of my top priorities. The last thing I want to do is spread these germs via toothbrush. Another fun an inexpensive way to protect and keep your toothbrush sanitized is through the use of Steripods.


The Steripod toothbrush protector is a natural, bpa-free toothbrush sanitizer. By simply clipping the Steripod onto your toothbrush, you are provided with instant germ protection. Killing odor-causing germs, this toothbrush protector comes is many different colors and keeps your toothbrush smelling fresh. I don’t know about you, but my family keeps all of our toothbrushes in the same cup. By applying Steripods to each toothbrush, my family is protected from sharing germs; not to mention, it feels good knowing that my toothbrush is protected from other germs that surface in the bathroom. What a fun and inexpensive way to help establish a germ-free home.

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Keep household germs at bay by using Steripod toothbrush protectors. Find Steripods ($19.99 per family pack) at your local Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and at Want to win a family pack of Steripods? Simply retweet to win! Contest ends 10/15.


Friday 7th of November 2014

I am a self proclaimed germophobe and break out a new toothbrush every few weeks.. These are so cool! thank you.


Wednesday 15th of October 2014

i am always throwing out toothbrushes for fear of germs. i've never seen a toothbrush cover like this, but i love how compact and easy to use it is. i'm gonna order a pack now.

Amy Desrosiers

Wednesday 15th of October 2014

Germs are everywhere so I am not too cautious. I do clean everyday and sanitize main contacts points.


Wednesday 15th of October 2014

That is so neat. I never would have thought about tooth brushes but so true. Great tips!

Amanda Acuna

Wednesday 15th of October 2014

great tips. I think a lot of people don't even think about the toothbrush!

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