The COVID-19 pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down. Every household needs to adapt to the so-called “new normal” and create an efficient cleaning routine to keep the family safe.
By now, you’ve probably incorporated some of these into your day-to-day chores. If not, here’s a list of tips to keep your home free of the coronavirus.
Have a ready stock of cleaning materials
There are loads of cleaning products and tools you can use to sanitize every room and object in your house. Whichever brands you personally prefer, make sure that they meet the specifications required to kill off the deadly virus. One very useful generic product you best stock up on is bleach, which can be used to sanitize different surfaces. When properly prepared, bleach solutions can effectively kill the coronavirus and other germs, according to the CDC.
Keep your home well-ventilated
The virus typically infects peoples’ respiratory systems via particles suspended in the air. With proper ventilation, you can reduce the risk of droplets getting circulated around the home. Crack open your windows whenever possible to allow fresh air to flow through your rooms. Ensure adequate ventilation, especially when cleaning with bleach-based products.
Disinfect high-touch surfaces and items as often as possible
Clean doorknobs, light switches, tables, and sinks – and objects like remote controls computer keyboards and cellphones – daily. When someone comes in from outdoors, make sure they disinfect properly, and immediately sanitize anything they touch. Ensure their shoes are properly disinfected, too, to make sure they aren’t harboring any unwanted germs.
Wash your laundry properly
The clothes you wear to work or on supply runs may come in contact with different germs or surfaces that haven’t been sanitized. Launder them separately from your indoor clothes. Throw them in the wash using the highest temperatures for both the wash and dry cycles to help kill germs.
Sanitize your groceries
Wash packaged items with soap and water. Clean consumables with baking soda, lemon, and other food-grade cleansers. If you have a package delivered, be sure to exercise proper precautions in handling and clean the item first before storing.
If you do catch the virus
These are only some of the basic precautions you can take. If there’s anyone in your home who’s been infected or exposed to the virus, however, you will need to put in some extra effort.
Isolate them and ensure that they do not come in contact with the rest of the household. Clean anything they use — from utensils to towels and linens — separately and more thoroughly.
Of course, be diligent in practicing personal hygiene, too. Wash your hands meticulously, especially when you come in from the outside. If you don’t have access to soap and water, spritz your hands constantly with alcohol or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Always keep yourself protected by wearing a mask and staying six feet apart from others, even out in the open. Keep your nails short and avoid touching your face. Take care of your health and your home to avoid exposure.