How To Keep Your House Clean To Avoid The Virus

The coronavirus known as COVID-19 found in the end of 2019 is becoming a global pandemic as announce by World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020. The disease has been spreading almost all over the world within short period of time.

Many countries declare state of emergency and decided to lockdown their respective countries to prevent the Corona virus from growing widely. People are forced to stay at home and only go out when its necessary.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, health experts are asking you to wash your hands and clean surfaces. Experts advise taking extra steps to keep your home free of germs, not only to prevent illness but also to keep it from spreading if someone is already sick.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of United States, ‘Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

Here’s how the (CDC) of United States suggests you do a deep-clean.

  1. Remember to clean first, disinfect later

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs from surfaces. Disinfecting refers to the use of chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. Both can lower the risk of infection spread, but you should clean first, disinfect after. Don’t forget to read the label on your disinfectants. Some need to remain wet for anywhere from two to ten minutes.

  1. Use household cleaners and disinfectants on frequently touched surfaces

Look at tables, doorknobs, light switches and toilets as places to start. Before you disinfect dirty surfaces, clean them with detergent or soap and water. For disinfecting, you can use alcohol solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol, household disinfectants registered with the EPA, or diluted household bleach solutions. Don’t use expired products, and don’t mix bleach with any other cleaners.

The CDC recommends people create their own bleach solutions by mixing 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.

  1. Wear gloves and make sure you have good ventilation while you clean

Wear disposable gloves and throw them out after you’re done using them, according to the CDC. If you are using reusable gloves, don’t use them for other purposes, and clean your hands immediately after the gloves are removed. Peel the gloves away from your body, pulling them inside out, and try not to let the outside of the glove touch your skin.

  1. Wash dirty laundry on the warmest setting possible

There is no need to shake dirty laundry, as that can spread viruses through the air. Use the warmest appropriate water setting for washing the items and let them dry completely afterward. If you are not using gloves when washing dirty laundry, make sure to wash your hands afterwards. Also, consider washing the laundry bag that holds your clothes, as that surface can also collect germs and viruses.

  1. Clean your electronics

Phones and tablets are what the CDC calls “high touch” surfaces, so you’re going to want to clean them. You should avoid using rubbing alcohol, disinfectants, or similar sprays, Business Insider previously reported, in part because using them can damage the protective coating on your phone’s screen.

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