While your dog is frolicking at the dog park or in your yard, he’s tracking through some nasty stuff you really don’t want in your house. And yet, you can bet you’ve been living with it. Dog beds can be infested not only by bacteria from trace amounts of feces on your dog’s pads, but also from parasites, such as ringworm, hookworm, roundworm and fleas. Make sure you wash the bedding frequently and that your dog receives flea and tick preventatives. And though they may not love it, bathing your dog regularly helps reduce contaminants in your home. For dogs with persistent skin infections and allergies, .
Bathroom Light Switch
Your bathroom’s light switch is one of the dirtiest places in your home. It’s frequently touched by everyone in the family, easily collecting and transferring germs. Disinfecting light switches—in the bathroom and around the house—will help prevent contagion when a family member comes down with the flu. Or, install a switch that automatically turns the light on when you enter and off when you leave. Here’s how.
Maybe you switched to plastic cutting boards because you thought they would be more hygienic than wood. Think again. A smooth plastic cutting board is quickly marred with use, resulting in a rougher surface where bacteria can remain even after cleaning. And, it turns out that wood—particularly oak and pine—has naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. .
So toss out those newfangled synthetic cutting boards, and make your own healthier version. Here’s how to make a wood cutting board and serving tray.