The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the concept of normality and forced the world into a new normal. This new normal requires us to practice better hygiene and cleaning habits to help prevent the spread of the virus. As a result, more and more families around the world have started sanitizing their homes regularly. If you’re concerned about the wellbeing of your family and want to reduce the risk of COVID-19, check out these tips that will help you sanitize your home and keep it COVID-free.
The main thing you should know about keeping your home COVID-free is that cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing. The cleaning products you use play a major role in the effectiveness of your sanitization process, impacting the chances of COVID-19 spreading in your home.
Your pre-COVID cleaning habits might have involved less intense practices such as dusting or wiping down surfaces. This light cleaning was probably enough to keep your home clean and your family safe. However, to help prevent the spread of the virus, your cleaning habits new to be revised.
As you clean your home, make sure to use cleaning agents that disinfect and kill SARs-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC offers a list of products you can use to effectively disinfect your home. Make sure to only use products from this list, as not all cleaning products can offer the same protection against the virus.
Another important factor in helping to avoid the spread of the virus is your habits. Forgetting to wash your hands or constantly touching your face (even while in your home) can increase your chances of getting infected. As such, you must pay close attention to your habits, and try as much as possible to avoid touching your face.
This is a practice that should also be passed down to your children, as children often touch their faces more often than adults. Making your household aware of the risks of such habits can help to decrease the chances of spreading the virus. Practicing controlling this habit as much as possible, even after you have sanitized your home.
Beyond your personal habits, however, it’s important to keep all areas of your home clean and disinfected. This is especially true for high-traffic areas such as the living room or family room, dining room, bathroom, and kitchen. These areas see the most traffic in your household and should be constantly cleaned and properly disinfected.
The same goes for high-touch items such as doorknobs and door handles, as well as light switches and remote controls. It’s very easy to forget such items as their roles are significant yet easy to forget. But they can have a major impact on the chances of spreading the virus. As such, it’s important for you to constantly disinfect these high-touch items.
Once you cover the basics of personal habits and high-traffic areas, keep in mind the importance of sanitizing all items that come into your home. Items such as packages, groceries, and other items need to be properly disinfected before being stored and used inside your home.
These items can be cleaned by using a CDC approved cleaning agent, a disinfectant with 70% or more alcohol, or CDC approved cleaning wipes. Simply make a habit of thoroughly wiping down or washing items before storing them.
For items such as shoes, which can carry a large part of viruses and bacteria, you may have to change things up. You can make a habit of leaving shoes by the door and spraying them with a CDC approved aerosol disinfectant. The more you avoid bringing in external items into your home, the better control you have over the risk of COVID-19 spreading in your home.
One of the easiest items to ignore is electronic devices such as cellphones, tablets, and computers. These are items that get used on a daily basis by nearly everyone in your home, yet they are so common that it’s easy to forget about them. However, these are also high-touch items that require constant disinfecting.
As you go about the process of sanitizing your home, make sure to also disinfect your electronic devices. Use a cleaning agent that is both CDC-approved and safe to use on electronic devices. Once you clean your device, wipe it down with a napkin or dry cloth to ensure no technical issues result from your disinfecting process.
The tips offered so far require a lot of time and energy you might not have at the moment. Yet the cleanliness of your home is a major priority for the wellbeing of your family. If you find yourself without the time to do a deep cleaning session in your home, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to do it for you.
This is not to say you should hire a service to clean your home on a daily basis, but such services can offer much-needed assistance in completing the deep cleaning tasks that may require more time than you have. They can also cover areas that you may not be aware of that need deep cleanings such as fans, appliances, or furniture.
Once you cover all the disinfecting tips mentioned above, remember to also practice good hygiene habits that help avoid the spread of the virus. Wash your hands constantly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
You can also avoid the spread by avoiding unnecessary outings. If an outing is absolutely necessary, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other people. These small habits can have the biggest impact on your health and can minimize the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.
The following chart reveals the dirtiest household essentials.
Finally, remember that protecting yourself and your loved ones boils down to daily habits that help prevent the spread of the virus. It’s important to know not just the importance of cleaning but to also know how to clean your home properly. Always use CDC-approved cleaning products, monitor your daily habits, and try your best to avoid coming in contact with others outside of your home. All these practices will help keep your home properly and sanitized and COVID-free.
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