16 Things You Should Clean More Often These Days

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Disinfect your toilet

The bathroom should be cleaned most often and we should take this into account every day, because we spend a lot of time in this room daily… or maybe even hours. Besides the shower curtains, the bath tub, the sink or the mirror, our toilet should be disinfected daily, especially when we share it with other family members.

Many studies show that our toilets should be disinfected and not just superficially cleaned because otherwise they can be infected with germs and bacteria. Nevertheless, when you disinfect your toilet you should let the product on the surface for a few minutes to be effective. 

“Yes, a product can claim that it kills 99% of germs and bacteria. But it needs to stay wet to be effective, and if you’re using it for a matter of seconds, it’s not going to be effective,” said Carolyn Forte, the director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab.

Coronavirus and other viruses can live on surfaces for a few hours to a few days and your toilet is one of them. “Most cold and flu viruses survive from a few hours to up to 9 days, [depending] on temperature and relative humidity,” said Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology and bio-statistics in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona.

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