Disinfect your doormat

March 20, 2020

WHILE everybody has been disinfecting surfaces, scrubbing floors and applying rubbing alcohol to kill coronavirus, many have been forgetting another breeding place of microbes and germs -- door mat.

As health experts had said earlier, microbes and toxins get into our homes (every day) with our shoes. This is true when you accidentally steps on a saliva from a sick person. Several studies have found that over 90 percent of shoe soles contain high levels of disease-carrying pathogens.

All common doormats including those made from cloth are breeding ground for microbial growth.

Taking off your shoes as soon as you come home is a good option. This would certainly prevent microbes from entering your house. However, your dirty doormat would certainly make you sick.

Get it clean:

* Shake it. Shake off the mat and loose the dirt on the grass.

* Vacuum it. Use a vacuum attachment to pick up any remaining dirt and debris.

* Use baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda over the doormat and use a brush or broom to scrub it into the fibers. This will help deodorize the mat.

* Sanitize it. Once a week, spray the mat with a disinfecting spray. To do this, regularly disinfect your doormat with 1:99 diluted household bleach. Do this also on carpets and rugs.

These steps are for ordinary cleaning of mat. But if you want to deep clean your mats and get rid of all the germs, here’s how:

* If your mat is made of washable fibers, use hot water and detergent to wash it. You may also use a scrubbing brush to work the soap into the mat. Air-dry the mat.

Do not forget to clean your electronics – smartphones, tablets, and laptops. They also get dirty wherever you go.