The past couple of years has taught us that we simply must upscale our hygiene to survive. Not only that, but as this devastating pandemic is affecting our lives we can help but wonder how we can stay extra cautious and prevent it upfront in all spheres of our lives? Well, the first and most vital thing you could do is maintain hygiene and avoid the COVID-19 disease from entering your home and its vicinity. Here are some critical things you can alter in your cleaning routine to help keep coronavirus out of your home and upgrade your health and well-being.
Start with yourself
Before you get down on business in your home, it’s vital to address your hygiene first. It’s of utmost importance to maintain personal hygiene at the top level to combat coronavirus. The WHO states that you should wash your hands as often as possible for at least 20 seconds. Not only before and after meals but before and after you leave/enter the house. The process should be done with some disinfecting or essential soap and water. Also, take a bath on a daily basis, and carry and use a hand sanitizer whenever you touch some foreign object that you have brought from the outside.
When you enter the home, before taking off your shoes, you could bring in numerous negative particles and bacteria. Hence, you should place solid rubber mats in front of your doorstep to clear out the dirt and prevent harmful bacteria from coming near your common area. What’s more, you could place indoor mats to help remove any additional moisture and keep your house cleaner. Mats help keep the house clean, but also they keep you protected as well. For instance, if you were to get effective anti-fatigue mats and place them on the hard floor, you would create a flexible barrier between your feet and floor, making you feel more comfortable and healthy.
Clean commonly touches areas
It has been proven that the COVID-19 virus spreads directly from person to person, that is when people come into contact with an infected person’s respiratory droplets. This only signalizes that surface transmission is not a common way to get infected, nevertheless, you should clean all commonly touched house surfaces to stay safe. It could be hard for the virus to spread if an infected individual has touched your remote control, but dirty hands are still dirty hands. Hence, to stay safe and extra protected, clean all the “high-touched” surfaces around your home. These include countertops, doorknobs, light switches, remote control, various cabinet handles, etc. You don’t need to do this the moment someone has touched it, but be diligent and responsible, and try to disinfect commonly touched surfaces at least once per week.
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Use adequate and quality cleaning supplies.
Soap and water are good enough for cleaning your hands, but when it comes to thoroughly sweep the floors and other surfaces, plain soap won’t do the trick. Firstly, get a lot of disposable wipes and clothes. If you rewash and reuse them more than once, they would gather even more bacteria, and you won’t be able to clean anything but get a reverse result. Next, get quality disinfectant and use hot water rather than mild or cold when cleaning. Hot water, in combination with good disinfectants. Nevertheless effectively kills all germs, bacteria, and viruses. When buying the cleaning fluids, make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions adequately. Nowadays, you can find quality EPA-approved household cleaning supplies that can help combat coronavirus effectively.
Opt to wash bed sheets, towels, and other amenities more often.
Somebody could carry a virus without even having the symptoms, and it does happen very often that they transfer it to you or your family member without knowing. You cannot stop a person from entering your home, but you can clean the house thoroughly after the guests have left. Besides performing general disinfection, try washing specific home amenities more frequently. Things like sofa covers, living room throws, towels, bedsheets, and reusable kitchen napkins that you don’t wash daily should be dealt with more commonly now during the COVID-19 pandemic. When you pass a particular item after use, such as kitchen napkins and cloths, you will help keep coronavirus out of your home more effectively.
Handle “foreign” food and outside items with care
You cannot transfer or get infected with coronavirus through food, but your kitchen should be spotless to avoid other diseases. Plus, you should pay attention to what you bring to your home from the outside. If you fail to handle food with extra care, for instance, your immunity could deteriorate. Hence you could get infected with the virus due to a weak organism. So, when ordering take-out, wash your hands, remove the package and throw it away. Always use clean utensils to make your favorite tacos, serve and handle food. Coronavirus can remain stable on various surfaces such as plastic, glass, or cardboard. Therefore whenever you bring in something “foreign” in your home, throw out the package and wash your hand. This rule also applies to new clothes, which should be immediately washed before use.
Sterilize all children’s toys and utensils and keep pets cleaning
Children and pets are the only ones who are not aware of the ongoing situation. Firstly, bear in mind that children can be as sick as adults if they happen to get infected by COVID-19, so make sure you take additional measures to keep this virus away from your kids. Apply all the cleaning as mentioned above techniques but also sterilize all toys or anything that your child might get into contact with. This also goes for the pets. You must upscale your pet’s hygiene even more. Dogs (and even cats) should be washed weekly. Whenever you take your dog outside for a walk, wipe and disinfect his paws the moment they step inside. Clean the floor, especially if you have a toddler crawling around since small virus particles could remain in your pet’s fur. If you have a hamster or a parrot, clean their cages more frequently, and so on.
Open the doors and windows every day, wash your hands after cleaning the house as well, do laundry more frequently and keep up with good body hygiene. Looking after yourself and keeping a clean and germ-free house is the pivotal key to keeping COVID-19 away.