St. Mark's Hospital - March 06, 2019

When you think of germ-ridden items in your home, you probably don’t think of computers, remote controls or tooth­brushes. But these items and others in your home can harbor icky microorganisms. Here are easy ways to de-germ items you use daily.

Remote controls

Use an anti­septic wipe or a dab of dish soap on a damp cloth and scrub the remote. Be sure to get in all the nooks and crannies!

Light switches

These should be cleaned once a week. Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe down and a cotton swab to clean dirt out of crevices.

Cellphone

The average American picks up their phone 47 times a day, according to Deloitte. That’s a lot of opportunities for germs to migrate from your fingertips to your phone. For a deep clean, dip a cloth in a solution of 60 percent water and 40 percent rubbing alcohol, wring out and gently wipe across your phone.

Laptops

To clean, first shut down and unplug your computer from the wall. Spray a mixture of vinegar and water on a barely damp cotton rag and wipe down all surfaces. Then, use a coffee filter to dust your screen, and use a cotton swab dipped in rub­bing alcohol to scrub between the keyboard keys.

Electric toothbrush

In addition to replacing your toothbrush every few months, you should also clean it weekly. Soak the toothbrush in a cup of antimi­crobial mouthwash for a few minutes. To clean the base, give it a light scrub with a mix of vinegar, baking soda and water.