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cleaning your house during the pandemic

 

We’ve all had to step up our cleaning game a bit lately, but it can be hard to know where to start sometimes.

Keeping your house clean during coronavirus can take on many forms, from wiping down high-touch surfaces to preventing dirt and dust from building up and causing allergy symptoms (or worse). It can be tough to know where to start, though, and in these days of everyone being stuck at home you can start to feel pretty overwhelmed without a gameplan.

With that in mind, we’ve got a few ideas for a good disinfecting and cleaning routine during coronavirus that should keep your family safe and keep you a little busier:

 

Look For High-Touch Surfaces

One of the first things you should look to clean are high-touch surfaces throughout the house. The best place to start is with things that everyone in the house interacts with, including:

  • Living room furniture like coffee tables
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Sinks and fixtures (shower faucets, etc)
  • Light switches
  • Toilet seats

As coronavirus can live on surfaces like plastic and metal for up to two days (and even for 24 hours on cardboard), keeping an eye on these surfaces can help slow the spread of any germ or disease during these times.

Don’t overlook your smaller objects, too. While cleaning off countertops and tables can go a long way towards keeping your home clean, remember to wipe down things like phones, tablets, and even video game controllers that get handled a lot throughout the day.

 

Clean First, Then Disinfect

Fighting germs around the house is a two-step process. First, the surface needs to be thoroughly wiped down and cleaned off before any disinfectant products can be used. Remove any clutter or things you need to keep on your living room tables, wall shelves, and the like, and give them a good dusting before you hit them with the antibacterial spray or bleach wipes. This will help the disinfectant do its job better and help keep your surfaces cleaner overall.

 

Keep An Eye On Anything Coming Into Your House

Obviously, you don’t have to stop going shopping or ordering needed products online, but it might not be a bad idea to keep watch of anything that gets shipped or brought into your house. The mail is a very small risk of carrying coronavirus (as it can’t last long on cardboard), as are groceries, so if you start to feel nervous about a package coming in, give it a quick wipe before you handle it. (And it’s worth mentioning that products from China or from anywhere else overseas are at no greater risk than anything else.)

 

Use Safer Storage

Finally, for anything being stored in your home, you’ll want to try to store them in as germ-free a way as possible. Keep your cleaning supplies out of the way to avoid cross contamination between products that shouldn’t touch each other, and as often as possible use things like rust proof shelving or epoxy coated shelving to help fight germs and prevent accidental damage from things like bleach or other harsh cleaning chemicals.

And above all else, just remember to take a breath every once in a while. It’ll all go back to normal soon – and when it does, your house will be way cleaner!

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