Critical Cleaning

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Refrigerator Drawers

The produce drawer in your refrigerator can be contaminated with salmonella, listeria, yeast, and mold. To clean it, remove the drawer from the fridge and wash it in warm, soapy water.

Kitchen Sink

It’s no secret; lots of germs are washed down the kitchen sink. Make sure the pathogens don’t linger by disinfecting the area with Hercules Ultimate Cleaner.

Can Opener

The best way to ensure that salmonella, E.coli, yeast, and mold aren’t growing on your can opener is to wash it in the dishwasher after each use. If you don’t have a dishwasher, hand-wash after each use but be sure to pay extra attention to the area around the blade.

Utensils

Check to see if your spatula can be disassembled. If so, remove the handle and wash both pieces in the dishwasher or by hand to remove any E.coli, yeast, or mold that may be present. If the spatula cannot be disassembled, be sure to pay special attention to the area where the two pieces join when washing.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

Because they’re handled so frequently, salt and peppershakers harbor a tremendous amount of germs. The best way to ensure that your salt and peppershakers are clean is to periodically wipe them down with our Hercules Ultimate Cleaner.

Knife and Cutting Block

Periodically clean your knife and cutting block to prevent yeast and mold from thriving. Remove the knives, turn the knife block over to remove any loose debris, and then clean the knife block in hot soapy water using a small brush in each of the slots.

Rubber-Seal Containers

Reusable containers with a rubber seal can harbor salmonella, yeast, and mold. If the rubber seal is removable, remove it before machine or hand washing. If it’s not, be sure to pay special attention to the area around the seal when hand washing.

Coffee Reservoir

Mold, mildew, and bacteria can all be hiding in the reservoir of your coffee maker. Clean your coffeemaker according to the manufacturers’ instructions frequently; many also recommend using vinegar.

Blender

The blender is another kitchen gadget that needs to be fully disassembled before washing. Be sure to remove the blade and seal from the jar and base before washing to prevent salmonella, E. coli, yeast, and mold from thriving. Be sure to dry each piece thoroughly before reassembling.

Sponges, Rags, and Towels

Your dish sponge, rag, and towels all create an ideal environment for pathogens. Be sure to wash and change your rags and towels frequently and microwave your dish sponge for a few seconds after each use to help disinfect and dry it.

Rubber Seal on Your Refrigerator Door

Much like the rubber seal on food storage containers, the seal around the door of your refrigerator or freezer can harbor harmful bacteria. Remember to clean it periodically with Hercules Ultimate Cleaner and then dry it thoroughly with a clean towel.

Toilets

Is your toilet making you sick? Every time you flush with an open lid, bacteria spray into the air around your toilet. And some of these germs could pass along symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting. Scientists at Leeds University tested the air above toilets and found that the germ, C. difficile, which causes violent bacteria and vomiting, can be spewed up to 10 inches above toilet seats with every open flush. Although the highest levels of bacteria were found right after a flush, even 90 minutes later, between 15-47 contaminated water droplets were detected on nearby surfaces—which means you may want to think twice about where you’re leaving your toothbrush. Clean your toilet periodically with Hercules Ultimate Cleaner and then dry it thoroughly with a clean towel. Remember, before you flush, make sure the lid is down.

Toothbrushes

Germs thrive in moist environments such as your toothbrush. Add that to the fact that research in the 1970’s discovered toilets spew fecal bacteria into the air every time they are flushed, so chances are, your toothbrush is teeming with microbes. To protect your mouth, replace your toothbrush every three to four months and close the toilet lid when flushing. If you want to be extra safe, use a UV sanitizer that kills germs.

Jewelry

There is a reason that doctors and nurses are required to remove jewelry in the operating room. A 1997 study found that health care professionals wearing rings carry significantly more germs even after hand washing than those who don’t. Those nooks and crannies in our favorite pieces of jewelry can harbor germs and are tough to clean.

Yoga Mats

While scientists haven’t officially studied the mats, there have been several reports of antibiotic-resistant bacteria thriving on them. Play it safe by bringing your own mat. Clean you mat with Hercules Ultimate Cleaner after each use.

Pillows

Chances are, you wash your sheets and pillowcases frequently, but when was the last time you threw your actual pillow in the laundry machine? Pillows contain mold, bacteria and dust mites, which can cause allergies. And several studies have demonstrated that they are one of the biggest sources of infection in hospitals. Wash your pillows often for peace of mind.

Desktops

Desktops have been found to have higher levels of bacteria than toilet seats. Workers spend hours a day touching, eating and even sneezing on them. Custodians don’t clean them as they sweep through the office because they are considered private areas. Use Hercules Ultimate Cleaner to clean your desk on a regular basis.

Purses

When they aren’t on your shoulder, most purses are resting on the floors of restaurants, restrooms, movie theaters, cars, buses and sidewalks. A joint ABC News and University of Arizona investigation of 50 women’s handbags found that the outside bottom of the purses were teeming with bacteria, including fecal germs and those that can cause skin infections. The researchers found 6.7 million bacteria on one purse alone. Remember to use Hercules Ultimate Cleaner to wipe purses down to avoid health problems.

Gas Pumps

A 2011 study by Gerba and Kimberly-Clark Professional, the makers of products such as Kleenex and Scott, found that 71 percent of gas pump handles hosted bacteria in high enough concentrations to cause illness. After spending time at the pump, wash your hands or use Hercules Ultimate Cleaner to sanitize your hands.

Communal Buttons

The Kimberly-Clark study also found that 41 percent of ATMs, 40 percent of parking meters and 35 percent of vending machines contained dangerous levels of bacteria. Gerba’s other research also indicates that debit card touchscreens, elevator buttons and grocery shopping carts also have alarmingly high germ counts. It’s important to wash your hands or use Hercules Ultimate Cleaner to sanitize your hands.

Hand washing, sanitizing lotions and disinfecting communal areas can reduce the chances of infection by 50 percent. You have everything to gain and only germs to lose.