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Useful Tips on How to Clean and Disinfect your Home in the Time of COVID-19

The increasing number of coronavirus cases in Australia now in the many thousands, the majority of us have been wise to implement self-isolation in our respective homes.

It has been revealed that the virus can survive up to three days on hard surfaces, so if you are cooped up in the house, it is important to establish and maintain cleanliness at all times.

And even if you hire a professional cleaning company to come to your house for deep cleaning, it is still important that you perform cleaning and disinfecting routines every single day.

How should you clean your home in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak?

House cleaning experts have revealed some top tips to make sure your house is as clean and germ-free as possible. But before we go over the list, let’s be clear about the definitions of cleaning and disinfection.

Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt, germs, and other impurities from all types of surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs per se, but by removing them, you successfully lower their numbers and reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases.

Disinfecting is a term that refers to the use of chemicals to eradicate germs on different types of surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean the dirty surfaces or physically remove germs, but it kills the germs on surfaces after cleaning, which then lowers the risk of spreading infection.

Here is a detailed cleaning list that you should adapt to your home not only during these trying times but also as a standard cleaning protocol to ensure the health and wellness of your household.

1. Clean Before Sanitising

It is important to start by cleaning your home before sanitising or disinfecting. If you are cleaning hard surfaces, always make sure to start cleaning with a soapy sponge or wet cloth to wipe away visible dust, dirt, and impurities.

Wipe away these materials from the surface and then proceed to disinfecting using a cloth with disinfectant.

Make sure to leave the disinfectant untouched on surfaces for up to 30 seconds before wiping them off.

Normally, you would want to clean and sanitise your home every few days, but during these trying times, it’s best to clean and disinfect on a daily basis, especially if you or any member of your household still goes outdoors.

2. Put Your Sponges in the Dishwasher

Sponges are very useful in cleaning not only the dirty dishes but other surfaces, too. Due to their nature and makeup, they are teeming with germs, hence it is important to give them a good cleaning and disinfecting between uses.

To accomplish this, simply pop dirty sponges into the dishwasher or washing machine for a thorough clean. You may also do this manually by giving it a good scrub with hot soapy water. You may also place sponges in the microwave and expose them to heat for up to 2 minutes.

3. Clean High-touch Surfaces and Items Thoroughly

During the COVID-19 outbreak, it is of utmost importance to focus your attention on high-touch areas and items.

Whilst large surfaces like kitchen countertops typically get the most attention, you should not forget to clean and disinfect areas, surfaces, and items that we frequently come in contact with, such as appliances and gadgets, as well as household fixtures like doors, window handles, and our bathroom essentials, too.

– Doorknobs
– Table surfaces
– Dining chairs
– Bathroom counters
– Faucets and knobs
– Toilet seat and handle
– Light switches
– Remote controls
– Game controllers
– Kettles
– Coffee machine

It is important that you stock up on disinfecting solutions at home. If a disinfectant specifically indicates that it can kill influenza virus, SARS, or other coronavirus types, the better. Although there is no product that specifically targets the coronavirus, any solution will be enough to protect your home.

Here is a list of common and simple disinfectants that you need at home:

– Disinfecting wipes
– Disinfecting spray
– Isopropyl alcohol
– Hydrogen peroxide

If there is a shortage of commercial disinfectants, you still have options. You may need to implement more soaping and scrubbing at home instead. This technique may not kill germs but it can still reduce the number of disease-causing germs in your environment.

If you have bleach at home, this is a crucial substance that you can use to make your very own home cleaning solution.

You can make your own bleach disinfectant spray at home by simply mixing 4 teaspoons of household bleach with 1 quart of water. Just pour these two ingredients in a bottle and then shake vigorously before spraying.

You can use this solution to disinfect hard surfaces. Make sure to let the solution sit on surfaces for 10 minutes before wiping with a wet cloth. A word of caution is to never combine bleach with other cleaning products as this may result in damage or discolouration of sensitive and soft surfaces. Follow necessary safety precautions when cleaning with bleach cleaning solutions.

Cleaning your home in these strange and trying times is not just about removing dirt and dust; it’s also about maintaining the health and wellness of your loved ones.

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