Germs cause disease. Therefore, it’s in everyone’s best interests stop the spread of these harmful microbes. You don’t have to live in an environment that resembles a sterile laboratory, but some basic knowledge of hygiene can help cut down the spread of germs. Here are five ideas that can help.

1. Always wash your hands properly

This might sound really obvious, but you’d be surprised how few Brits actually wash their hands after visits to the bathroom. An article on the BBC website suggested that as many as 25% of Brits don’t wash their hands properly. A study carried out by Queen Mary University of London, discovered that ‘11% of our hands are so grossly contaminated they are carrying as many germs as a dirty toilet bowl.’ Apparently, ‘the average person’s hands probably carry at least 3,000 different bacteria,’ which is great news for germs but really bad news for our health.

2. Pets spread germs

Your pet may be your best friend in terms of comfort and loyalty, but these lovable creatures are also good at spreading germs throughout your home. According to the NHS you should ‘keep pet food separate from human food.’ It’s always an excellent idea to ‘wash your hands after touching animals.’ If you are prone to kissing your pet on the mouth, just think about where your pet’s mouth might have been. Also always groom your pets to eradicate fleas, ticks and other dangerous nasties.

3. Clean your home properly

Always have a good disinfectant to hand and keep your bathrooms and kitchens in pristine condition. Many companies can supply products to help in your fight to eradicate germs at home and in the workplace – take inspiration from Brosch Direct medical supplies to see the range available. Invest in mops, sponges and cloths for cleaning up spills and other dirt. In the bathroom and kitchen, always make sure that you use disinfectant to clean surfaces and floors

4. Cleanliness in your workplace

Never underestimate the spread of germs in the workplace. A recent article in the Daily Mail highlighted the potential hygiene risks to all through dirty computer keyboards, phones and other office accessories. The article suggested that ‘more than 10 million bacteria lurk on the average office desk.’ The growing trend of ‘hot desking’ means that it’s more important than ever before to wipe over these essential tools before you start work in the morning. These basic guidelines also apply if you work from home. No one wants to become ill just because their office equipment is a potential ‘germ fest.’

5. Think clean

The old adage that ‘coughs and sneezes spread diseases’ is certainly true. If you start to use tissues, you’ll cut down the amount of germs you transfer to others. If you are aware of the direct relationship between germs and disease, you’ll easily adopt the habit of always keeping your home clean and reduce your exposure to illness causing bugs. Just because germs are invisible to the human eye, it doesn’t mean that you and your home are germ free, but you can make life more difficult for these pesky microbes by adopting a rigorous cleaning routine.

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