Whilst it is drilled into us through various cleaning advertisements, health institutions and parent grillings that we need to ensure all touch points are cleaned and sanitised on a regular basis to avoid infections spreading, why are door handles commonly forgotten about? After all, they are touched and used every time we enter a new room either inside the home or outside. It’s not as if they are difficult to clean, especially chrome door handles.
Door handles are one of the most common harbourers for harmful germs and bacteria, causing infections to spread such as E.coli, Staphylococcus, Aureas, plus fungal and viral infections. Washing hands regularly is simply not enough to stop this form of germ breeding from occurring, although this should be a behaviour that is instilled into people’s routines very early on in life. A child should be taught from an early age the importance of cleaning hands before cooking, eating and after using the bathroom. Although this is something which we all assume is done by everyone, many people fail to realise its importance and don’t do it.
Public toilets are the worst place to catch these types of infections as the volume of people entering these places means a huge amount and variety of bacteria is deposited on the door handles. Even though you may take the time to thoroughly wash your hands before leaving, you are more than likely going to have to touch the handle once more. Although you are clean, the person who touched it before you may have just blown their nose. Harmful bacteria will still come into very close contact to you and your family, meaning lots of people are at risk of catching infections.
Carrying around pocket sized antiseptic wipes and sterilising gel is advisable as they can be used almost anywhere to clean touch points that are hotspots for harmful bacteria. They are also useful as a substitute for washing hands with warm water and soap (if in a situation where washing hands is impossible). Remember to use these wipes on other touch points that are commonly forgotten about such as telephones, your keyboard and mouse. Trolleys used in supermarkets are also another place where germ breeding can be a huge problem.
When cleaning your home, ensure that door handles are on top of your to-do list. This will not only make your home is clean and tidy but will also reduce the risk of family members and tenants becoming ill.