Do You Have Good Home Hygiene?


Practicing good home hygiene can improve our microbiome and ease the burden of our immune system. By controlling the population of harmful bacteria in our homes, we allow our bodies to be more prepared to fight the pathogenic bacteria that come our way.


Here are some easy ways to get started.

  1. Flush the toilet with the lid down. Some of the toilet water is aerosolized and sprays into the air. Yuk!

  2. Move your toothbrush away from the toilet for the same reason as above.

  3. Ditch antimicrobial soaps and switch to natural bars of soap. When you use antibacterial soap, both the helpful and harmful bacteria on your skin are killed. Suds and friction are all you need. (Be sure to get under your fingernails.)

  4. Rotate between three kitchen sponges so they dry out between each use, and replace them out frequently. I cut sponges in half or quarters to reduce my waste, drying time, and cost.

  5. Wipe down kitchen counter with vinegar daily. Use your multipurpose cleaner for something not near your food.

  6. Set your refrigerator temperature between 35 and 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooler temps slow down the growth of bacteria and mold.

  7. Clean out refrigerator once a week. Just because something won’t give you food poisoning doesn’t mean you should eat it. Harmful molds and bacteria are unfriendly to your immune system and digestive system.

  8. Disinfect your purse with tea tree oil. The bottom of purses are some of the dirtiest objects we bring into our homes. Hang up your purse when you can. Wipe down purses and bags with tea tree oil at least once a month. Clean those nasty keys while you’re at it!

Christina Veneman