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Tips on How to Keep Your Home Disease-Free

We care about our well-being every day. Self-hygiene is basically a paramount attitude that we need to practice in order to avoid diseases. We wash our hands, brush our teeth, take daily baths, and wear clean clothes among other things. However, our home, which is basically an extension of ourselves, usually do not get the same treatment.

While you spend time and effort taking out your garbage, diseases can still lurk inside your household because viruses and bacteria can breed on humid areas in your home. That’s why Paul’s Rubbish Removal provides you with various tips you can follow to keep your home disease-free.

Electric Appliances

Air Conditioning

A/C units keep us cool during blazing days and warm during winter, but unknowingly, they are also home for airborne diseases. Among the most common health risks brought by A/C units are respiratory diseases such as asthma and Aspergillosis, as well as severe long-term health problems such as Lung Fibrosis and pneumonia.

On another hand, cleaning your A/C filters regularly will get rid of the dust, microscopic allergens, and pathogens that could thrive in them. Hiring professionals to thoroughly wash the entire unit is also advised since there are corners inside the unit where fungi might reproduce.


Many of us have similar habits in cleaning refrigerators. We clean them when liquid is spilled inside and for no less than once a couple of months. Because we put vegetables, fresh meat, and extra food in the fridge, it becomes a viable habitat for bacteria. 

Additionally, extensive research proves that regular vegetable drawers can host up to 750 times the safe level of bacteria count. Among the most common bacteria found in fridges are salmonella, E. coli, and listeria. 

Paul’s Rubbish removal suggests that you clean your fridge especially the vegetable compartment twice a month, making sure that no spoiled food is left to avoid cross-contamination. It is also important that you put all food waste in one garbage bag and properly discard them in green bins or simply put them in your compost pit if you have one.


Just because they clean off the mess in your dishes doesn’t mean they remain clean. Dishwasher units are exceptionally prone to bacterial and fungal growth. Food particles left on nooks and crannies in the unit can rot until the dishwasher is completely unusable. This makes bacteria and fungal contamination very common for dishwashers – imagine what can it do to your eating utensils.

Fortunately, keeping your dishwasher unit in pristine condition is relatively easy. Simply use a special detergent to clean the unit and make sure no food particles are left inside and on the metal grills after the cleaning is completed. It also helps to have a special brush solely used for cleaning your dishwasher so that you can mechanically eliminate sticky particles left inside.


Bath Mats

Over time, bath mats could look soggy and smell awful. This is caused by the accumulation of soil bacteria, human skin, and even fecal bacteria. Harmful microorganisms such as E. coli and other fecal coliforms can thrive in your mats particularly during warm and humid climates. That’s why it is advised that you clean your bath mats with detergent and chlorine every couple of weeks and change them every year.


The showerhead acts as a filter against particles in the water that comes through your shower line. However, microorganisms like Nontuberculous Cyanobacteria and Legionella can also develop on showerheads as salt and scales accumulate and clog them – causing mild to severe lung infections. To prevent this from happening, Paul’s Rubbish Removal suggests that you install water filters for your water supply and conduct regular showerhead cleaning.

Sponges and Rugs

You might notice that your kitchen sponges or bathroom rugs will have an unpleasant odour after some time. This is an indication of bacterial build-up and that you should replace them immediately. 

Without regular cleaning and replacement, a sponge can become a breeding ground for 360 known species of bacteria with as much as 45 million bacteria per square centimetre. Continuous use of such filthy sponge or rugs may lead to food poisoning and skin ailments, among other illnesses. As a solution, it is recommended that you replace them twice a month, making sure that the old one is properly discarded.


We use strong and harmful chemicals for disinfection, material treatment, and others. However, inhaling these chemicals on a regular basis can lead to severe lung irritation, among other respiratory diseases. As much as possible, replacing the chemical with a natural active ingredient is advised. If you have no other option but to use the harmful chemical, you should wear protective gloves and mask in order to avoid direct and indirect contact with it.

In addition, air fresheners also contribute to mild to chronic lung ailments, particularly due to a chemical called 1,4-dichlorobenzene – the active ingredient in mothballs. Yes, that bad odour can be effectively eliminated by your synthetic air freshener but the resulting lung infection is not worth the pleasant smell. Completely eliminating the source of bad odour and using aroma oils is by far the most effective approach to a good-smelling home.


Your living abodes are as important as your bodies. Like you, these places are also vulnerable to disease-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses – putting your family’s health at risk. Which is why thoroughly cleaning your household is essential to keep your home disease-free.

One important task is the proper disposal of your rubbish. Whether it is green waste, old furniture, corrosive chemicals, hoarded rubbish, or other sorts of household waste, they should be discarded properly. Furthermore, using the right tools for the right job ensures your safety and efficiency of the task, and you can only do so much lifting for a day. That’s where Paul’s Rubbish Removal can come to help you.

Our professional staff are dedicated to taking out your garbage within the hour and haul them into our trucks that can fit massive amounts of rubbish. Furthermore, we have the most competitive prices throughout Sydney, so you get to experience optimal cleaning without breaking the bank.

Paul’s is also committed to sharing our knowledge of efficient waste management and effective recycling techniques so you get value for your worth. We value your health as much as you do, so feel free to set a booking with our friendly staff at 0407 125 125 or email us for inquiries and a free quote.

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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