We all need to do our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This includes cleaning and disinfecting our homes. It has been shown that a single cough from an infected person can spread up to 3,000 droplets containing the coronavirus. These droplets can land on the floor, walls and other surfaces, and eventually, infect someone else.
If you’re wondering how to disinfect your home from the coronavirus, then look no further. Continue reading to learn the best tips to defeat the coronavirus in your home.
Frequently touched surfaces. The World Health Organization has said that cleaning frequently-touched surfaces is key in preventing the spread of COVID-19. These include surfaces such as light switches, countertops, tables, door handles, taps, etc. A simple mixture of soap and water will do.
Soft surfaces. Soft surfaces, such as carpets, rugs, curtains, cushions and sofas should be cleaned regularly too. This can also be done with simple soap and water. Mats, rugs and cushion covers can be put in the washing machine on a hot temperature to kill the coronavirus.
Electronics. Consider putting a wipeable cover on your electronics, such as your phone and tablet. You can then wipe the item with an alcohol-based wipe containing at least 70% alcohol.
You’ll want to disinfect your home from time to time to get rid of all traces of the coronavirus. To do this, you’ll need a household disinfectant or bleach. Follow these instructions to do the job right:
First, clean the area with soap and water to remove dust and other large particles.
Next, choose your disinfectant. This can be house disinfectant, bleach or even an alcohol solution. It has been shown that solutions of at least 70% alcohol are effective at killing the virus.
- Apply the disinfectant to the area. Make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle and keep the area well-ventilated.
- Leave the disinfectant on the area for at least 1 minute. You need to leave enough time for the solution to kill the coronavirus.
- Finally, remove the disinfectant with water and a cloth or a mop.
Washing your hands
The World Health Organization has also said that hand-washing is also key in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, it’s also important to clean your hands regularly.
When you wash hands, make sure to do it for at least 20 seconds and with plenty of soap and water. Hand sanitizer can also be used if your hands are not visibly dirty.
Key times to clean you hands include:
- after going to the bathroom
- after going outside
- after sneezing or coughing
- before providing care for someone (e.g. an elderly person)
By following the advice in this article, you can do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. This means:
- keeping your house clean
- disinfecting surfaces regularly
- washing your hands regularly
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