With the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerging into a pandemic, it is advisable to stay home whenever possible. But infectious germs could be entering your home too. So besides quarantining yourself, it is imperative that you clean and decontaminate your home routinely.
In this article, we have accumulated tips to help you disinfect your dwelling and minimize the risk of getting sick.
Whenever you’re cleaning your home or even while pulling out the dirty laundry, make sure to wear gloves. It’s best to wear ones that are disposable. In the case that you are using non-disposable gloves, dedicate individual pairs to one single purpose only. Don’t forget to wash your hands immediately after taking off the gloves.
Disinfect high-touch surfaces
No matter how many times we’re washing and sanitizing our hands – if the surfaces that we’re touching next are germ-ridden, it defies the purpose of cleaning in the first place. Even the cleanest looking surfaces can harbour illness-causing pathogens, hence ensure that frequent-touch surfaces are routinely disinfected. The most common ones include:
- doorknobs and door handles,
- washroom faucets, bidets, shower buttons, toilet flush buttons,
- light switches,
- kitchen appliances,
- laundry bags or baskets and
- remote controls
For best results, it is recommendable to rinse the surface with a mixture of detergent or soap and water before disinfecting. Allow the disinfectant to rest on the surface for a few seconds, then wipe it off before it dries up.
If you are unable to obtain certified disinfectants, don’t panic! It’s quite easy to make your own by mixing a quarter (1/4th) cup of household chlorine bleach with one gallon of cool water. If you have hardwood floors, refrain from using bleach and use a mixture of vinegar and water instead.
Decontaminate soft surfaces
Even though soft surfaces like sofas, curtains, carpets and rugs can be washed, laundering them frequently might not be feasible. Hence, spray them regularly with disinfectant sprays.
Change towels every day
Whether they’re hand or bath towels, avoid reusing the same ones and replace them regularly. Try to use disposable towels wherever possible.
Use air purifiers
Many household air purifiers or filters claim to have the ability to destroy germs from the air. Investing in one can be useful. However, they should not be seen as a substitute for cleaning.
Keep your phone clean
As your phone is constantly handled, it is of utmost importance to keep it clean and decontaminate it as often as you can. You can do this by wiping your phone using disinfectant wipes. Alternatively, use a clean cloth and an alcohol-based rub or gel.
All in all, nothing comes before sanitization and adoption of proper health-care measures. We hope the tips shared in this article contribute to your cleaning measures. Although not exhaustive, we hope that the implementation of these tips will help you stay healthy and safe.
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