Coronavirus is affecting people that belong to various communities all around the globe. No specific age group is safe from contracting the COVID-19 disease. In this situation, it is important to maintain hygiene and avoid the disease from entering into your house and its vicinity. Let’s take a look at 10 tips that will help you clean and disinfect your house.

Hygiene and Cleaning Tips To Help Keep Coronavirus Out of Your Home - Acko

Hygiene and Cleaning Tips to Keep COVID-19 Away:

Maintaining hygiene will help keep Coronavirus and other harmful bacteria away from your house. Here are some useful tips:

1) Keep Yourself Clean:

Maintaining personal hygiene is the very first thing that is effective against Coronavirus. It is therefore recommended that you should wash your hands as frequently as possible for at least 20 seconds. Washing should be done with soap and water. Take a bath at least once a day and use a sanitizer when required.

2) Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces:

Frequently-touched surfaces include light switches, door handles, television remote, fridge door, etc. You need to use a disinfectant for keeping these surfaces clean at all times. Use a mop or wipe to clean these surfaces.

3) Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose, and Mouth:

A person’s face becomes an entry point for the Coronavirus i.e. the virus can enter into a person’s body through eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid rubbing your eyes, picking the nose or chewing on fingernails, as much as possible.

4) Wash Your Hands After Doing Laundry:

It is found that Coronavirus can survive in various fabrics for a long time. Consider changing into a fresh set of clothes when you return home. Wash your hands as soon as you are done washing clothes and other items.

5) Frequently Wash Bed Sheets, Towels, Reusable Kitchen Napkins:

Things like bedsheets, towels, or reusable kitchen napkins are not washed frequently in many households. Keeping the COVID-19 situation in mind, refrain from doing so for long intervals. Consider changing the bedsheet every couple of days (changing sheets every day is the best case scenario). Also, wash towels after each use and reusable kitchen napkins at the end of each use.

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6) Handle Food With Extra Care:

It is highly unlikely that Coronavirus would infect a person via food. However, food and water should be handled with extra care to avoid other diseases. Always use clean utensils to prepare and serve food. Cook food at higher temperatures and avoid consuming expired food items.

7) Throw Away Extra Packaging Immediately:

Coronavirus can remain stable on various surfaces like cardboard, plastic, etc. Thus make it a point to throw additional packaging material like plastic bubble wrap, bags, cardboard boxes, etc. as soon as possible.

8) Manage Waste Smartly:

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, waste should be minimised and managed smartly. Consider using organic waste from the kitchen as a fertilizer for plants. Always separate dry and wet waste and keep the waste-bin covered at all times.

9) Keep Your Pets Clean:

Consider bathing dogs and cats every week. Other pets that are kept in cages or glass tanks should also be maintained for hygiene. Clean the cages as frequently as possible. Don’t wait till you get a foul smell. Keeping your pets clean will help avoid any possible infection.

10) Sterilize Toys, Utensils, and Bottles for Children:

Recent cases of children contracting COVID-19 is a lesson that they are not at a lower risk than adults. They can equally get affected by this disease. Thus, take additional measures like sterilizing any item which comes in contact with kids, along with normal precautions that are necessary to avoid an infection.

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How to Disinfect Your House?

Coronavirus can be killed by regularly disinfecting your house. Thus, each room should not only be cleaned but also disinfected regularly. For example, a kitchen is a place where food and food particles can be found commonly. Apart from the current threat of Coronavirus, your kitchen can be infected with E. coli, mould, yeast, salmonella, or listeria. These can cause health issues if they enter your body through food. Disinfect the kitchen with the help of wipes or kitchen napkins by using phenol or diluted bleach especially after preparing food.

Bedrooms and living rooms should be disinfected at least once every couple of days because it has electronic items like TV, sound system, laptop’s mobile phones, etc. Use alcohol-based wipes to disinfect such things. Avoid using soap and water as it may cause damage. Bathrooms should be disinfected with soap and warm water as frequently as possible. Use a new toothbrush after recovering from cold or other illnesses. Regular disinfection will help keep COVID-19 away.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Here are a few frequently asked questions:

Should I keep the windows of my house shut tight to avoid Coronavirus from entering?

Coronavirus spreads through droplets sprayed into the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Thus, it is unlikely that these droplets remain air bound and enter into your house with the wind. Shutting down of windows may not be necessary to avoid Coronavirus from entering your home.

Can I use natural disinfectants to kill Coronavirus?

Natural disinfectant like vinegar may not be effective in killing Coronavirus. They may be efficient for maintaining general hygiene however there is no data available that natural disinfectants can avoid COVID-19.

How long does the Coronavirus survive on various surfaces of a house?

Coronavirus can last from several hours up to days depending upon the nature and texture of a surface. It can remain stable on porous surfaces like ceramics for several days. It can also survive on stainless steel, plastic, and cardboard for many days.

References:

  • Cleaning and hygiene tips to help keep the COVID-19 virus out of your home, UNICEF, https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/cleaning-and-hygiene-tips-help-keep-coronavirus-covid-19-out-your-home#cleaning-home
  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) FAQs, United Nations, https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/covid-19-faqs

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