The novel coronavirus has made everyone in the globe worried. Washing the hands frequently is one of the highly recommended steps suggested by researchers. Hence, the virus can still stay on the belongings we carry, like your clothes, shoes, cards and even your phone.
There are nonetheless some areas of your home we might be neglecting, MSN reported. Here's how to best approach a household scrub, as well as identify and disinfect some common germ hot spots.
Clean highly touched surfaces frequently:
High-touch areas in the home are that get handled and touched regularly, for example, doorknobs, light switches, appliance handles, toilet handles, faucets, and remotes.
Taking a disinfecting wipe to the keyhole of a doorknob isn't going to do much good—it's important to really scrub all high-touch surfaces.
Using soap and water:
While products claiming to kill 99.9 percent of germs are best in this scenario, there's another option if you're having a hard time tracking down those supplies—simply mix some dish soap in water. It won't kill organisms, but it can remove them from the surface. (And while soap and water can work for high-touch surfaces throughout the home, you shouldn't use the solution on electronics like your remote or keyboard).
If you're looking to kill germs, diluted bleach (four teaspoons to one quart of water) and 70 percent alcohol solutions work well. But it's important to note that bleach and other cleaners can harm certain surfaces. So be sure to do your research and make sure the product you're using won't cause any damage before you start scrubbing.
If you're trying to be extra-vigilant about the spread of germs in the house, you should consider washing clothes at the highest possible temperature and disinfecting laundry bins. It's also advisable to use disposable laundry bags.
Removing shoes before entering the house:
This step is more preventative, but it's a simple way to keep from tracking in contaminants. Remove your shoes before going inside and leave them near the door. It's also a good idea to clean floor surfaces with disinfecting mop cloths, but be sure anything you use is safe for the finished surface. Cleaners like bleach can discolor certain materials.
Even people vigilant about cleaning their home can neglect their car interior. Since you're constantly touching virtually every surface, be sure to wipe everything down regularly, including the steering wheel and door handles. If you have a leather interior, there are auto wipes available for those surfaces. And before you go wipe down any touchscreens, be sure to check your owner's manual to see if they require any special microfiber cloth.
Give the money bag, mobile phone a wipe:
It's a good idea to disinfect credit or debit cards that follow you around on shopping excursions. As with all high-touch objects, be sure to wipe them down every day.
Other household items should consider disinfecting:
- Computer keyboard and mouse.
- TV remote.
- TV buttons.
- All frequently used electronics, like tablets and phones.
- Cards for example debit cards, credit cards and other daily used items.