10 Ways You Can Cross-Contaminate Your Home Without Realizing It

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You’re using a mop bucket

Similar to cleaning rags, cleaning mop pads are used all around the house, which makes them the perfect instrument to spread germs and viruses all over. The rooms are full of germs anyway and by using a mildew-ridden mop and dingy water bucket, you’re only making cross-contamination a sure thing.

“Water buckets for rinsing mop heads hold dirty water, which can easily drip onto surfaces, get on the cleaner’s hands or gloves, or directly transfer pathogens back to the mop head,” says Parry. To be more efficient in preventing the massive spread of bacterial contamination, you should wash or replace your mop pad as often as possible. In addition, make sure it is fully dried before storing it in the laundry room.


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You’re using a non-HEPA vacuum

According to various studies, HEPA filters can successfully trap viruses lie coronavirus and even smaller nanoparticles than the coronavirus. This means that a vacuum cleaner equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air filter can prevent you from spreading contaminants around your house, compared to a regular vacuum that doesn’t provide an efficient barrier for all the particles.

“HEPA filters can capture dust, mold, bacteria, and spores that are in your home,” explains Parry, who adds that “this is essential in keeping dust from resettling and re-contaminating floors or furniture.”

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