Easy home cleaning and personal hygiene tips during a pandemic

October 21, 2020


Easy Home Cleaning And Personal Hygiene Tips During A Pandemic Min

The fight against the Coronavirus is far from over and by now, everyone should be aware that it can be transmitted from person to person through tiny droplets of saliva or other bodily fluids that float in the air after a cough or sneeze. Contaminated objects and surfaces are also factors in the transmission of the virus. [1]


Because of the way it is spread, it’s now, more important than ever, to understand how cleaning can help prevent the spread of the disease and what you can do to cut the risk of infection in your home. [1]


Cleaning and disinfection are two completely different things. Cleaning removes organic matter such as germs and dirt from surfaces, while disinfection is the use of chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. [1]


Regular cleaning is essential in keeping your home healthy. It can also help in preventing and mitigating bacteria, viruses, and other pests like moths, silverfish, and bedbugs that can do harm if left unchecked. [2]


SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can live on some surfaces in your home for days. Fortunately, getting rid of the virus from these surfaces with some basic disinfectants and cleaning procedures is easy. [2]


High-touch surfaces to clean and disinfect[3]

  • Door handles
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Handrails
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom surfaces
  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Light switches
  • Mobile phones
  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Keyboards
  • Remote controls
  • Game controllers
  • Toys


How to clean and disinfect

Always clean with soap or detergent and water first. Next step is to use a disinfectant product containing alcohol (of around 70% per cent) or bleach; the use of a spray bottle is recommended. [3]

Upon application, do not wipe disinfectants right away. Many disinfectant products need to stay wet on a surface for several minutes in order to be effective. [3]


Doing laundry

As much as possible, clean bed sheets, towels, and clothes regularly. Avoid shaking dirty laundry to prevent the spread of virus through the air. Wash clothes with detergent using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. [3]

Once you are done, wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub. It’s also important to wash or disinfect your laundry bag and hamper to avoid making it a hotspot for viruses. [3]


For your personal hygiene

Your skin is an important part of the immune system as it serves as a barrier between germs and your body. Following good personal hygiene will limit the possibility of these germs finding a way into your body. [4]

  • Wash your hands
  • Take a bath daily
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day


Make sure to practice these easy home cleaning tips daily and always maintain proper personal hygiene to make sure that your home and your body is safe from all kinds of viruses.


Stay home and stay clean, always!


Sources:

  1. https://theconversation.com/how-to-clean-your-house-to-prevent-the-spread-of-coronavirus-and-other-infections-133912
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-home-guide
  3. https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/cleaning-and-hygiene-tips-help-keep-coronavirus-covid-19-out-your-home#cleaning-home
  4. http://www.meridianathome.com/MAH/resourcesandtips/FiveThingsYouCanDo.cfm