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How to Prevent Germs in the Home

Keep your home as hygienic as possible – read our tips on preventing germs & bacteria in the home, with advice on cross-contamination & using disinfectant.

A safe home is a happy home, and prevention of germs and sickness is an important part of that. Of course, everyone gets sick once in a while, but here are some tips so it doesn’t happen more than it has to.

How to Prevent Germs in the Kitchen

One of the best ways to prevent germs is by avoiding food contamination. After all, anything that we consider a food can be a germ’s food too.

  • Wash and dry your hands before food preparation and after working with any raw food.
  • Always keep raw and cooked food separate. A good tip for this is to store cooked food above raw food, so that potentially contaminated raw food cannot drip onto safe cooked food below.
  • Disinfect any chopping boards or equipment thoroughly before and after preparing food.
  • To be extra sure, use different chopping boards and knives for raw meat, cooked meat, vegetables, and dairy. Color-code them for easy selection. Done right, this can be quite attractive too!
  • Cleaning surfaces regularly will prevent a build up of food particles on which bacteria could grow. Using a cream cleaner like Cif helps to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Make sure that food is always cooked thoroughly. This is especially important for poultry, pork, rolled joints, and minced meat. (While steak and whole pieces of beef or lamb can be cooked rare, these cannot).

How to Kill Germs in the Bathroom

It’s no surprise to anyone that germs can easily accumulate in the bathroom. Here’s how you can prevent it.

  • The sink is where you wash your hands, so it’s naturally a high priority. Cif Cream cleaner will remove grime that would otherwise provide a place for germs to hide, as well as kill resident germs.
  • Cleaning the toilet with pure bleach (like Domex) as opposed to a detergent–bleach mix, ensures a longer contact time between bowl and agent. This makes for total germ kill. Remember to take care when using bleach, and read the safety guidelines first.
  • Bleaches like this also come in bottle with a nozzle to get to those hard-to-reach places under the rim.
  • Water stuck under cosmetics bottles and cloths can make a great breeding ground for germs. You can solve this by throwing away empty bottles and old cloths and wash surfaces regularly, leaving no room for germs to hide.

Cross-contamination:

When multiple people live in the same space, germs can spread quickly and easily. (In fact, this is why you get colds in cold weather: everyone is inside together. It has nothing to do with the weather itself.)

Luckily, there are many ways to combat this.

  • Wash your hands after preparing any food, handling pets, or engaging in any other activity where germs may be picked up, especially before eating.
  • Many germs spread through inhalation of fine droplets produced by sneezing and coughing. Sneeze and cough into an antibacterial tissue. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
  • Finally, if someone looks like they might have an infection, take extra care not to share cutlery or drinking utensils with them. If they are overworking themselves, then encouraging them to take a break can help. Rest will help their immune system recover and fight off the infection.

Top Tip


The thickness of Domex bleach means that it is able to stick to surfaces instead of simply running off – this ensures total germ kill. Before using bleach, don’t forget to read the safety guidelines first, wear protective gloves, and ensure the area is well ventilated.