22 Oct November Cleaning Tip
As we age, it is only natural that our immune systems deteriorate and weaken. The immune system is responsible for creating antibodies to fight against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Our immune system responds slower to these harmful substances as we age, therefore increasing the risk of developing an illness. This is why it is critical for that their home environment remains free of harmful microorganisms.
Cleaning and disinfecting the living spaces is critical to preventing infections and maintaining the health of our elderly population. It is not uncommon for people to use cleaning and disinfection interchangeably, but they have different purposes. Cleaning is the act of removing visible dirt and grime from a surface, while disinfection does not reduce dirt but is essential in killing infection-causing germs. Both are necessary for maintaining a healthy environment.
The two most frequently used areas that are breeding grounds for these germs are the bathroom and kitchen. A clean mop should be used on a weekly basis for mopping the floors. The toilet and bathtub should also be cleaned and disinfected weekly. The inside of the refrigerator should be cleaned monthly. Any noticeable spills or spoiled food, in either place, should be cleaned immediately.
Sponges and mops used for cleaning will harbor a plethora of germs and mold, making the disinfection of these cleaning tools necessary. For five minutes every week, separately soak the sponges and mops in diluted household bleach. Also, do not use the same cloth for cleaning the bathroom and kitchen.
Avoid throwing dirty mop water down the kitchen sink. Rather, a safer practice is to discard the dirty mop water in the bathtub drain or toilet. Along the same lines, do not clear urinals, sponges, rags, and bedpans in the kitchen sink.