How to Ensure a Clean/Sanitize Home amidst COVID-19 Outbreak?
Since the first patient of COVID-19 got registered, we have been hearing a number of precautions from experts to keep ourselves safe from the pandemic. COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long and we are encouraged to practice thorough hand washing and hygiene practices to protect us and our loved ones around. You must have read about #stayhome #staysafe and must be wondering that what you can do to keep your home clean, sanitize or disinfect your home to be clear of the virus. In the following post, we are bringing some basic ways to effectively help you prevent this deadly virus at home.
Clean/Sanitize/Disinfect the High-Touch Surfaces
Yes, the terms are interchangeable but mostly serve the same purpose. Previously, cleaning means to get rid of visible dust or dirt accumulated on the top of surface. Sanitization means to reduce the number of germs contaminating an area to a safe level and since the COVID-19 outbreak, the demand of different kinds of sanitizers has increased to a great extent. Disinfecting a surface means killing all the pathogens including bacteria and viruses that can contaminate the area or particular surface. You must clean the high-touch surfaces and disinfect them too. High-touch surfaces include door bells, doorknobs, kitchen countertop, light switches, toilet seats, sinks, faucet handles, remotes and cell phones. You must pay close attention to the cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting all these surfaces to keep you home free of coronavirus.
Use the Right Kind of Cleaners
Yes, it is essential to choose the right kind of cleaners for your home as not all cleaning agents that you may have been using are effective in killing this virus. For thorough cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control recommends using a diluted household bleach solution for home. An alcohol cleaning solution with at least 70% alcohol also proves to be effective. However, before using the solution for any kind of surface, make sure that the solution is suitable for that particular surface. Moreover, you follow all the given instructions and the place is well ventilated, when it comes to cleaning. Spray liberally on the surface and wipe clean with a soft microfiber cloth.
Note:Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other disinfectant or cleanser.
Wear Gloves when Cleaning
For instance, a surface is contaminated with the coronavirus, you must be protected and in a safe position to handle it. Wear disposable latex gloves and replace them after every roud of cleaning. Be careful, not to touch your face or any other surface, linen, other family member or your clothes during the cleaning time.
Change the Linens Often
Yes, the time is so crucial that you must take every single precaution to avoid catching it. Don’t use others and reuse your own towels again and again – as the fibre can live anywhere in the fibre. The best habit is to use your own towel once after a bath or shower or try using paper towels to dry your hands.
Use Hot Water to Wash Laundry
Cold water is not going to do anything to kill germs – so, it is better to wash your laundry with warm water for the time being. Always disinfect your laundry basket after taking clothes out and keep every family member’s clothes at separate places, if you suspect that anyone in your home might be infected.