How To Keep Your Home Germ-Free

Disinfecting your doorbell, doorknob and coffee table is a good way to protect yourself and your family

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: Sep 29, 2020 17:24:00 IST
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You are staying indoors, avoiding trips to the local markets and ordering all essential items online. However, this may not be enough to ensure your house is germ-free.

Recent reports say that the virus can live on surfaces like cardboard, plastic and stainless steel for hours. Think doorknobs, doorbells, or your coffee table. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting visibly dirty surfaces as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses.

Here is how you can keep your home germ-free:

Get an all-purpose disinfectant

Look for an all-purpose disinfectant spray or liquid, which helps kill germs. Spray it on the surface and then wipe it off with a paper towel, a disinfectant wipe or a tissue. Remember to dispose of the tissue or wipe after use.

You can use the spray to clean your kitchen countertops, doorknobs, coffee or dining table, doors, switches, handles, and so on. You can also use it clean your laptop and cellphone. To keep your clothes germ-free, you can pour a capful of the disinfectant in your washing machine when it’s in rinse mode.

Sanitize the floor

When you enter your home, you unknowingly bring in a lot of germs through your shoes. Needless to say, it is extremely important to sanitize the floor with a disinfectant floor-cleaning liquid.

You can also use diluted household bleach solution to disinfect the floor. To make the bleach solution at home, mix one-third cup of bleach powder with roughly four litres of water.

Use disposable wipes

While a reusable duster is a more cost-effective tool, it is not always possible to wash, disinfect and dry the cloth after every use, especially when you may be disinfecting surfaces more than once during the day. Therefore, a wipe works well to quickly sanitize things you touch multiple times a day, such as doorknobs, cabinet handles, refrigerator doors, remote controls, mobile phones, and so on.

Avoid contact

When taking home-delivery products, instead of making physical contact with the agent, let them leave the package at your doorstep. You can wear rubber gloves while collecting them. Remember to wash your hands like a surgeon after removing the gloves.

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