How to Keep Your Home Clean During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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We hope you keep your home cleaned no matter what's going on in the world (though we'll forgive you for a little untidiness!). But now that we're dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need to work even harder to keep ourselves and our families safe. The best place to start is by making sure our homes are clean and safe environments to be in. Here's how you can keep your home as clean as possible.
Get Some Bleach
People used to clean with bleach all the time before everyone realized there were other ways to clean that weren't as toxic and smelly. And generally, these alternatives work great to keep your home clean. But since we're dealing with an extra-strong virus, it's best to go back to bleach to give it that extra kick. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended guidelines you should check out online, but a good rule of thumb is to mix ¼ cup household chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of cold water.
Every day, clean tables, chairs, sinks, doorknobs, sinks, remotes, light switches, and anything else you touch regularly. We know this seems like a lot of work, but it really won't take too much time — and it will go a long way to keep everyone in your household healthy.
Wash your clothes, sheets, towels, and anything else you can in hot water a few times a week. You may not realize how many germs live on these surfaces!
And don't forget to clean your cell phones, tablets, computers, and other technology regularly. Check with your device's manufacturer for safe cleaning recommendations first, but generally, a 40/60 alcohol-to-water mixture on a soft cloth will kill the germs without ruining your tech.
Keep an Eye on Your Bathroom
In addition to wiping down all surfaces in your bathroom daily, you'll need to make sure you're storing everything in there correctly. Cleansers, moisturizers, shampoo, and toothpaste in your bathroom should be stored in a cupboard to keep it away from potential airborne germs.
And don't forget about your toothbrush! Not only can saliva and bacteria from your toothbrush spread around if left out, but it can also collect germs in the bathroom from someone coughing, brushing their teeth, or even flushing the toilet. Store toothbrushes in your medicine cabinet.
Take Your Shoes Off
If you're still going outside — even if it's just on your patio or in your own yard — leave your shoes at the door when you come inside! Bacteria and all sorts of other germs and allergens can easily stick to your shoes and isn't something you want to be tracking through your house.
Wash Your Hands!
None of these measures mean anything if you — and every member of your household — aren't washing your hands as much as possible throughout the day. If you're touching your face or any home surfaces with dirty hands, you're spreading the germs around faster than anything will. Teach everyone how to wash their hands properly — that means using soap and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds before rinsing with warm water and patting dry on a clean towel.
From us here at the Garman Group, we wish you and your family only good health. Please stay safe by using good self and home hygiene, practicing social distancing, and self-isolate yourself if you have any illness at all.