Tips to Keep Your Home Safe & Clean from COVID-19

We are currently living through some odd times, where all of us are experiencing significant changes in our everyday lives. The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic and has forced us all to take a closer look at what we touch and how we clean. Equally, cleaning your home is one of the best ways to keep your family safe and healthy and can help give you a feeling of control and accomplishment during these uncertain times. So, here are some Recommendations or Tips to Keep our Home Safe & Clean from COVID-19…

Why cleaning your home is important to prevent Coronavirus?

Some research has proven that coronavirus may be able to live on many types of surfaces for several hours, and up to 2 to 3 days on plastic and steel. This makes regular cleaning of often-touched surfaces in your home an important way to prevent the spread of the virus. However, you may think you can’t catch COVID-19 in your own home if no one is sick. But researchers have found it might be possible for people to spread coronavirus before they have symptoms, so you might not know someone in your household is spreading the virus in your home until it’s too late.

Tips to clean and disinfect your home from COVID-19

Start by cleaning and disinfecting the hard surfaces

  • It is recommended that you clean high-touch surfaces such as tables, light switches, countertops, desks, phones, doorknobs, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, sports equipment, and toys. 
  • Use disinfectants that meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria for use against the coronavirus and are appropriate for the surface you are cleaning. 
  • When cleaning, be sure to wear disposable gloves and use soap and water to clean if an area or item is visibly dirty.  
  • You can make a diluted bleach solution by diluting 4 tsp of bleach in a quart of water, or 5 tsp of bleach in a gallon of water. Check the expiration on the bleach to make sure it’s effective. Make sure you never mix bleach with ammonia or any other type of cleanser.

Keep electronics clean

  • Don’t forget to clean your household electronics like tablets, touch screens, smartphones, keyboards, and remote control devices, etc.
  • Keep them clean by putting a wipeable cover on electronics.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and disinfecting. A good suggestion is to use alcohol-based wipes or sprays that contain at least 70% alcohol.
  • Dry the electronics' surface thoroughly.

Practice hand hygiene when handling food and food containers

So, far there’s no evidence that coronavirus survives long on food products and packaging. But to keep your family healthy when grocery shopping, ordering takeout or preparing food, refer to these recommended guidelines…

  • Use hand sanitizer after leaving the grocery store. Cleanse your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.
  • Limit in-person contact as much as possible by ordering online, using a curbside pickup or asking that deliveries be left outside your home
  • Before preparing or eating food, cleanse your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for general food safety.
  • After receiving deliveries or bringing home takeout food, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don't have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer/refiner.

Tips to clean a kitchen

Your kitchen can also be one of the most likely places you can transfer a virus, like COVID-19, into your household.

  • Wash all dishes and silverware before and after you use them. However, a sponge can carry mold and thousands of germs and foodborne pathogens if it’s not cleaned or stored properly.

Here’s a list of things you can do to kill germs on a sponge

  • Place the sponge in the dishwasher with a high temperature and the drying cycle on.
  • Wet it and putting it in the microwave for 1–2 minutes.
  • Also, squeeze it out well after every use and keeping it in a place that allows it to air dry.

Don’t forget to clean the soft surfaces

Professionals aren't sure whether the virus that causes COVID-19 can live on your clothing or bedsheets for any length of time. But it’s recommended you launder the sheets, pillows, plush toys, and clothing regularly.

  • Make sure you dry the items completely.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • After handling dirty laundry, be sure to remove your gloves and wash your hands right away.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling clothes worn by someone who is sick.

List of precautions to be taken if someone in your home develops symptoms of COVID-19

  • Connect with the person who is sick as little as possible while still providing the care your family member needs.
  • The person who is sick should stay in a separate bedroom with their bathroom.
  • If the person who is ill can handle it, ask them to clean their own space. You can help from a distance by providing tissues, cleaners, paper towels, and disinfectants.
  • Wash the sick person's dishes and utensils with hot water and soap. Be sure to wear gloves or use a dishwasher.
  • Generate a list of local bodies that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
  • Initiate an emergency contact list of family, neighbors, friends, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health administration, and other community resources.

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