As you all know, we are living through another pandemic that changed the way we live our lives. In order to stay protected, you need to make sure you live in a clean environment. The latest situation turned us into germ freaks using a wide range of chemicals in order to get rid of bacteria.
Isolating yourself and your family and staying home is the only way to avoid spreading the virus, but we all know that it is not possible on long term bases. In fact, you need to get out and buy necessary things like food, medicine or water.
That is why in this article we will go through some of the tips to keep your home virus-free.
First and foremost, you need to protect yourself.
Washing your hands should be your top priority. Recent researches showed us that your hands are touching your face at least 16 times within an hour. This means that the virus can be easily transferred from surfaces to you.
Stay home. The best way to stop the spread is to isolate yourself home even if you are not sick. You should avoid going out for everything that is unnecessary.
Clean vs. Disinfect
If you want to keep your home safe, you can use two methods, cleaning or disinfecting. There is a great difference between both. Cleaning is about removing any contaminants from surfaces in your home, whereas disinfecting is about permanently killing pathogens. Most health organizations recommend that you do both on a daily bases if anyone entered your home.
Focus on High-Touch Surfaces
High-touch surfaces have the best chance to get contaminated by the virus since many hands are touching them. The bacteria of the virus can live up to 24 hours on cardboard, and two or three days on stainless steel and plastic. This means that you should pay more attention and disinfect daily things like:
- Table surfaces
- Kitchen counters
- Bathroom counters
- Light switches
- TV remote control
Best Disinfectants for your Home
Choosing the best disinfectants sometimes gets people frustrated since they don’t know which one of them works for cleaning contaminated surfaces. You can find store-bought disinfectants that will do the job just right, such as:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Disinfectant spray
- Disinfecting wipes
However, even if you cannot get your hands on store-bought disinfectants, don’t worry, you can make one yourself.
Since we were not prepared for such a thing, we can find a lot of empty shelves in stores, especially for disinfectants. However, you can make just as good a disinfectant at home.
For example, you can use homemade bleach disinfectant spray by combining:
- 1-quart water
- Four teaspoons household bleach
- Pour into a bottle with spray and mix it
- After that, you can spray it on surfaces and leave it for 10 minutes after wiping with a wet cloth
Bleach is a great substance against germs, but it needs to be diluted in order to avoid damaging surfaces or hard breathing since it is a strong chemical.
You can also make wet wipes by mixing pure bleach in a gallon of water. Then dip a paper towel. It can be used for wiping surfaces in your home (make sure you are wearing gloves), but make sure you leave the surface wet enough time in order to get rid of all bacteria.
Wash Your Clothes
The virus can be transferred even on fabric. This means that you should wash your clothes more frequently. Washing your clothes with detergent at high temperatures is enough to disinfect your clothes. You’ll only need to clean the surfaces that your clothes get in contact with, such as the hamper.
Should I Disinfect Food Packaging?
There is no evidence to suggest that food packaging can transmit the virus, which means there is no need for disinfecting it. You should just follow the standard food safety procedures.
These are some of the tips that you should follow in order to keep your home safe and clean. After all analysis and predictions are as uncertain as someone trying to guess the Kentucky Derby winner. Experts predict that the peak of the virus hasn’t arrived in most countries. We need to pay more attention to our personal hygiene and stay home as much as possible.