Lots of us have seen the newspaper headlines about MRSA, the so-called “superbug”. It is an incredibly hard to treat bacterial infection because the resilience against most commonly used antibiotics.
To make matters worse, the MRSA bacterium has an unusual propensity to develop immunity to treatment. These two factors combined make it one of the most fearsome and dangerous bacterial infections.
It’s only natural that you would want to prevent the bacteria from taking hold in your home.
Healthy People Carrying This Infection?
In order to understand how to protect your home from MRSA, it is important to recognize how the bacteria can spread. This staph infection lives on the skin or inside the noses of a surprisingly large number of people: about one in three. However, for most healthy people MRSA poses little risk. Unless people carrying the infection (carriers) become ill in some other way or they have some kind of cut or wound that the bacterium can enter, then they will almost certainly be able to carry the bacteria unscathed. While this is fortunate for the healthy, it means that they are able to infect those who may not have the immunity built up to fight the bacteria. This includes the very young, very old, and those who have some other illness.
1st Way: Washing Hands Regularly
Because MRSA is carried on the skin, the most important and influential way you can prevent bacterial spread is to wash your hands regularly. You should wash your hands in hot water and anti-bacterial soap, especially before you come into contact with a vulnerable person.
2nd Way: Not Sharing Towels
It is also vital that you do not share towels, toothbrushes or any other personal hygiene items, especially not with anyone who is in a high-risk group. Everyone in the home should have their own towel, their own toothbrush and their own facecloth. This will also help stop the spread of other bacterial or viral infections.
3rd Way: Bandaging Sores or Cuts
If you get a cut or your skin is grazed or broken for any other reason, then it is important for you to cover the wound with a bandage or band-aid. Ideally you should also use an antiseptic cream to prevent the wound from becoming infected.
4th Way: Clean “Cleaning Cloths”
Cleaning cloths in the home are a rampant breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. Surprisingly, there are actually more bacteria in the average cleaning cloth then there are in the average toilet. The damp conditions are extremely receptive to bacterial growth. That’s why cleaning cloths have to be treated with a huge amount of care if you are trying to prevent MRSA in the home. You should disinfect cloths after each use by soaking them in bleach, or a similar high-powered disinfectant. The very best solution is to use disposable cleaning cloths as much as possible, but obviously this doesn’t fall within every budget.
When you are washing clothes and sheets, you should try and keep the laundry from each member of the family separately. This is especially important with bedclothes. You should wash clothes on the hot setting, and if the laundry items aren’t too delicate then it would be wise to use a detergent that contains bleach. You should also use a dryer rather than letting clothes and sheets air-dry.
5th Way: Disinfect Surfaces
MRSA bacteria can also live on surfaces in the home, sometimes for as long as a month! Use a disinfectant (Does Lysol Kill MRSA?) or a very weak bleach solution on worktops and other surfaces. You should pay careful attention to the cleaning of frequently touched objects, such as:
- Light switches
- Computer keyboards
If you have a dishwasher, you should always use it to clean cooking and eating utensils. A dishwasher can kill much more bacteria than washing in the sink.
Some of the above suggestions may seem a little extreme, while others are just basic hygiene and common sense. If you are serious about preventing MRSA in your home and stopping the spread of it to your family then you should follow all of them to the letter.