Lifewatch: Killing germs

Reported by Claire Hosmann - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

(WECT) - Being exposed to some germs can help build up a healthy immune system, but too many germs can spread harmful bacteria.

No matter how hard you may try to keep your house clean, experts say there is no way to keep it germ free.

Microbiologist Dr. Zehava Eichenbaum says you may be surprised to learn that the kitchen sink is one of the germiest places in a home.

She recommends dousing the sink with bleach once a day and keeping an eye on dirty sponges.

"You find MSRA, staphylococcus, you find salmonella, e coli, you find pathogenic and non pathogenic bacteria so essentially everything that we bring into the kitchen you will find in a sponge," said Dr. Eichenbaum.

Eichenbaum does not recommend going overboard on using antibacterial products, but does have some ideas on how to prevent the spread of germs.

She suggests:

  • switching out sponges often
  • use disposable disinfecting wipes to wipe down a dirty counter
  • don't wash fruits and vegetables directly in a sink, put them in a strainer or other container
  • wash your hands

Another way to keep the germs under control is by investing in a good vacuum.  It can remove most of the germs in your carpet and even removes germs from the air.

Experts also say a cheap air filtering device can go a long way toward ridding your home of most airborne allergens.