The infamous coronavirus, the culprit behind the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world, spreads in a couple of ways. When someone with the virus talks, coughs or sneezes, the droplets can cause people nearby to get infected, too. To combat this situation, health experts have suggested keeping a safe distance of at least 1 meter when you go to public places, especially those that have closed spaces.
Another way that coronavirus is transmitted from one person to another is through contaminated surfaces. Surfaces like cardboard, doorknobs, and countertops are places where the virus can last for hours or even days. If you happen to come into contact with them and then touch your face, you may catch the virus, too.
However, just like with other viruses, there are things you can do to stop the coronavirus from invading your home. This makes sanitation an essential part of your routine that helps protect your loved ones at home.
Proper cleaning and sanitizing with the use of the right disinfecting products can effectively reduce health risks brought about by COVID-19, so be sure to keep these five essential items for sanitizing your home.
1. Soap and water
Soap and water work in tandem in removing the germs that attach themselves to surfaces around your home, including the floor, so it’s safe to use to quickly clean up your living room and other high-traffic parts of your abode.
The soap is responsible for breaking up the outside coating of the virus, causing the disease-causing component inside to get exposed and fall apart. All the particles then get suspended in the water and are washed away from surfaces.
2. Disinfectant products
Cleaning surfaces is not enough. After cleaning, you need to disinfectant them, this time, to kill germs or pathogens. You may do it using disinfecting wipes that you can buy from the grocery. Alternatively, you can purchase disinfectant sprays, but you can also make your own at home using bleach.
Here’s how to make and use a bleach disinfectant spray:
- Wear a pair of gloves and open the windows to promote ventilation.
- Mix 4 teaspoons of household bleach with 1 quart of water. Avoid mixing bleach with any other type of cleaners to avoid damage or discoloration on sensitive surfaces.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, shaking it vigorously.
- Spray it on surfaces and let it sit for about 10 minutes before wiping it off with a wet cloth.
- The next day, make a new batch of the diluted bleach solution following the same steps since it is best used within 24 hours.
If you want a disinfectant that’s not as strong as bleach, you can opt for hydrogen peroxide. Simply pour it into a spray bottle and spray it undiluted on hard surfaces around the living room, bedrooms, kitchen, and bathroom. You’ll see the solution bubble on surfaces, and after 5 minutes or so, you can wipe it off with a clean cloth.
3. Alcohol or hand sanitizer
If you have to go outside during the pandemic, make sure to have a sanitizing station by the door so that you can avoid bringing the germs inside when you come back home.
Simply place a small table where you can place hand sanitizers, alcohol wipes, or alcohol with a 70% grade. Use these things to sanitize your hands, car keys, mobile phone, and so on before entering your home. Make sure that you also have some paper towels to wipe off your hands and your personal items after you’ve sanitized them.
Then, dispose of used wipes and paper towels in a small trash can that you can place right next to the sanitizing station.
4. Laundry detergent
Although health and medical experts believe that it’s not likely for the coronavirus to last on your clothing, it should certainly make you feel more at ease to disinfect the clothes that you’ve worn out in public.
Fortunately, washing your clothes with regular laundry soap in repeated cycles and then drying them at a slightly higher temperature should get the work done of getting rid of any viral particles.
Of course, you must clean your hands with soap and water, as well as hampers or other surfaces that have come into contact with your dirty laundry. Disinfecting is also necessary, especially if someone in the house is sick with other illnesses other than COVID since their immune system may not be working at optimum levels.
5. Cleaning aids
The products listed above are great for home cleaning and sanitizing, but you’ll also need sponges, scrubbing pads, brushes, and the like to make the job easier. Wash them daily and replace them at least every two weeks to keep them free from bacteria.
The best defense against the coronavirus is pretty simple: regular and thorough sanitation of high-touch areas around your home. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently, too.