At Metro Cleaning Service, we love cutting down on waste as much as anyone else. Reusable mugs are wonderful, but not if they are going to make you sick!
What if your mug isn’t as clean as you think it is? It might not be! Approximately twenty percent of office mugs carry fecal bacteria, and 90 percent are covered in other germs. It is common practice to give our office mugs a not so thorough scrub that includes a squirt of liquid dish detergent, a kitchen sponge and a quick rinse off under the kitchen faucet. Most office sponges and kitchen scrub brushes are breeding grounds for bacteria. Office sponges and brushes are used many times daily, by many different individuals and are rarely sanitized. When these handy (but potentially dirty) kitchen tools are used to clean a coffee mug, they can simply end up transferring germs from one mug to another.
Before you trade in your coffee mug for a styrofoam replacement, you might want to make it a point to give your mug a nightly run through in the dishwasher, complete with the dry cycle. At the very least, you may want to consider passing up the kitchen sponge, and opting for a paper towel instead. Rinse mug in the hottest possible water, and dry with a clean paper towel. Lastly, don’t leave your dirty mug on your desk overnight. Bacteria need just a small amount of residue to begin multiplying!
These essential pieces of plastic get handled often by many different people. In addition, cards are swiped through various credit card terminals. Give cards an occasional wipe down with rubbing alcohol, paying attention to the crevices around raised numbers!
2. Women’s Handbags
To clean finished leather purses, use a product specifically designed for leather. And, if you place your purse on the floor in a restaurant or even worse, in the ladies’ room, never put it on your kitchen table or countertop.
3. Toothbrush Holder
Soak the holder in a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and rinse. Then air dry upside down. Or simply wash on the top rack of your dishwasher on the “air dry” cycle!
4. Doorknobs, Locks, and Handles
Yes, these can be very dirty places. They are often overlooked during routine cleaning. An occasional wipe down with a disinfecting wipe will help keep germs under control.
5. Trash Cans
Trash cans of all types tend to be breeding grounds for ick and germs. In warm weather, most cans can be taken outside and hosed down. In colder weather, consider cleaning your can in your bathtub or shower. (Be sure to disinfect the sink and shower afterwards). Thoroughly spray the trash can with a cleaner that contains bleach and let it stand for 10 minutes. Rinse clean and dry. Before adding a new garbage bag, be sure the can is completely dry.