Before COVID-19 took the world by storm, how we manage and clean our homes depends merely on personal choice. We mop the floors only twice a week, make our own chemical-free household products from baking soda and vinegar, and use strong disinfectants once a month for deep cleaning. We let home builders, plumbers, and other experts into our homes a few times a year for maintenance.
Now that coronavirus can easily sneak into our homes, the cleaning standards aren’t just a matter of personal choice – it’s a matter of saving our lives.
The CDC has established recommendations on cleaning the home and preventing the virus from spreading. To ensure your home is COVID-19-free, here are 10 home cleaning tips to keep you safe, healthy, and sane.
1. Use an effective disinfectant
Not all household cleaners can kill all the harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi. To ensure a safe and healthy home, opt for disinfectants including chlorine bleach and alcohol solutions, as well as EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Chlorine Bleach: Mix 5 tablespoons of fresh bleach per gallon of water. Check the label: for it to be an effective disinfectant, make sure it has 5.25% to 6.15% concentration of sodium hypochlorite.
Isopropyl Alcohol: Look for an alcohol-based cleaner with at least 70 percent.
2. Apply the disinfectant properly
Now that you have an effective disinfectant, make sure it does its job well. If you’re cleaning hard surfaces, you should apply the disinfectant in a quantity that’s large enough for the surface to stay wet for at least 4-5 minutes. Let the surface air-dry before using. Don’t wipe away the disinfectant unless the surface will be used to prepare food.
3. Wear disposable gloves and protective equipment when cleaning
To protect your skin from microbes and harsh chemicals, wear gloves when cleaning your home and doing the laundry. You may also protect yourself by wearing a nice face shield and face mask.
When laundering, use a laundry sanitizer that’s safe for different types of fabrics, then use the hottest water recommended for the fabric.
4. Pay extra attention to these frequently touched surfaces.
Think about your daily routine: what are the surfaces you always touch everyday?
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces like the door knobs, light switches, handles, tables, counters, toilets, sinks, remote control and electronics.
Use disinfectants that are suitable for these surfaces and clean them at least twice per day.
5. Sanitize your groceries and delivery packages
While you’re responsible when it comes to proper hygiene, Coronavirus can still sneak into your home through groceries.
Whether you get your groceries yourself or you have them delivered, think about sanitizing them.
Wash the fruits and vegetables under running water.
Wipe down containers (like bottles, sachets, cans) with disinfecting wipes.
If you’re receiving packages regularly, spray the delivery boxes and packages before opening.
6. Disinfect your phones and glasses
When you’re outside, you may want to avoid using your phone. It can be easily contaminated when someone near you sneezes or when you use it with unwashed hands. Avoid placing your phone near your face until it’s already wiped down. Clean your glasses regularly too.
7. Disinfect money and cards
ATM cards and cash are high-risk items that are often neglected. If possible, don’t use cash and just pay everything electronically. If not, you’ve got to spray down your cards and cash with an alcohol-based disinfectant with 70% solution.
8. Keep your footwear outside
Think about this: when you’re outside, you walk on surfaces where people might have spitted, sneezed, and coughed, leaving invisible droplets on the ground. According to experts, COVID-19 can survive on the bottom of your shoe for up to 5 days.
Keep your shoes outside. Wipe the bottom of your shoes with disinfecting wipes or spray it with an alcohol-based solution. If it can be laundered, you may use bleach to disinfect the pair.
9. Create house rules when entering your home after going out
When coming home after going out, make sure to leave your shoes at the doorstep. Wash your hands after shopping, using public transporation, and receiving packages and food deliveries. You should also change clothes, and if possible, take a bath.
This rule should also apply to guests, including your plumbers, home builders, and other visitors, especially if they used public transportation or passed by a crowded place to get to your place.
10. Observe personal hygiene
Whether someone goes out or not, make it a habit to observe proper hygiene. Every member should also practice proper hand washing after sneezing, coughing or blowing the nose, using the restroom, and before preparing food.
Wash the hands with anti-bacterial soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds for several times throughout the day. This will help dilute several microbes on the skin. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a resident writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney. She loves looking out for new home décor trends and writing articles focused on real estate and interior design.