More than ever people are aware of the spread of germs. Protection outside of the home is important. But just as important is sanitizing inside your home. Anyone can carry germs without any emerging symptoms. While there is no way to be totally protected, there are steps you can take to keep your home as clean as possible. Even if no one is sick in your household, the CDC recommends making a routine of cleaning and disinfecting.
Tips for a Germ Free Home
- How You Clean Is Important
The method of cleaning is just as important as the act. The CDC recommends taking some measures for personal protection while disinfecting your living space. Their recommendation is to wear disposable gloves while cleaning. Also, before the disinfecting process, wipe all surfaces down with soap and water.
This is important for both hard and soft surfaces. Soft surfaces such as rugs, blankets, pillows, and furniture may have pieces that can be laundered. After all, surfaces are cleaned, it is time to disinfect. There are several methods such as a bleach and water mixture, common ingredients found in the home, or store-bought products.
- Keep Up With The Laundry
This may be easier said than done, especially if you have a large family or no access to a privately owned washer and dryer. However, piles of dirty laundry, especially damp towels, can lengthen the life of germs. Wear gloves when handling laundry of anyone showing symptoms of illness.
Wash laundry in the highest water temperature recommended and allow them to dry thoroughly in the dryer before using it. Another tip is to use a bag or liner instead of a non-washable hamper or basket. That way the dirty laundry bag can be washed easily with the clothes.
- Target Your Home’s Frequently Touched Surfaces
Amazingly, researchers have found that the coronavirus can live for up to two or three days on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel. While most are confined at home, if you have anyone coming or going then there is a possibility of exposure. Online shopping is booming, but even packages can be the bearer of a virus.
The high-touch areas of the home include:
- kitchen counters
- bathroom counters
- table tops
- Hard dining room chairs
- faucet knobs and faucets
- toilet seat and handle
- light switches
- game controllers
- TV remotes
Since no two families are alike, think about what you and your loved ones touch the most. Desk surfaces, mouse and mousepads, silverware, plastic bags, and books could also be added to the list. Electronic devices may need special cleaning care.
- Keep The Air Fresh
Being at home every day means your air quality could be deteriorating. With more cooking done at home, there is a higher production of microscopic fragments that contribute to poor quality. If you are a candle lover, then lighting your favorite scent can also cause more harmful fragments to be released. In order to maintain good air quality, there are strategies available to use on a daily basis. The simplest solution is opening your windows for a brief period of time to freshen the air in your home.
However, that isn’t always possible. If temperatures are still too cold or you have allergies, an air purifier is a good investment. Another great product for your home is a carbon monoxide detector. This is a very important device. It can protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is odorless, making it very difficult to detects. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poison mimick that of the flu. That also creates confusion when diagnosing illness. A carbon monoxide detector can give advance warning and keep your family safe.
Creating a clean and sanitary home is a two-step process. It is uncomplicated and can be done with common household items on hand. Soap and water to clean hard and soft surface, and disinfecting each room in your home. Inexpensive and effective supplies include bleach (make sure it hasn’t expired), fresh lemon juice, vinegar, tea tree oil, and hydrogen peroxide. Staying home is the right course of action right now, but with packages and essential workers coming and going there is still a risk of exposure. Ease your anxiety by making a regular routine of cleaning and sanitizing your home.
by: Ashley Hicks