Coronavirus: Tips to keep your home clean and disinfected

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has laid down certain guidelines to help you keep your homes clean and free of the coronavirus infectio

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The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic, and it has become important to maintain personal hygiene to help stop the spread of the disease. It is not only important to be careful outside home.

It is equally important to keep your home safe and disinfected. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has laid down certain guidelines to help you keep your homes clean and free of the coronavirus infection.

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– Clean and disinfect daily in high-touch surfaces within common areas like doorknobs, light switches and tabletops.
– Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and discard them afterwards.
– Clean with household cleaners and disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface.
– For soft surfaces such as carpets, rugs and drapes, remove any visible contamination and clean with appropriate cleaners.
– For all laundry, wash using the warmest possible setting and dry completely.

Apart from these basic guidelines by the CDC, these are a few tips you should follow to keep this pandemic away from your home.

Use disinfectant wipes to quickly clean down surfaces
Use a disinfectant wipe to clean places in your house that you touch often like doorknobs, chairs and tables to keep the infection at bay. You touch these surfaces often and it is important that you disinfect them often and so always keep a box of alcohol-based disinfectant wipes at hand. It is especially important someone in your house is sick.

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Clean surfaces with a disinfectant spray
For surfaces that cannot be wiped down, like those of sofas and carpets, it is best to use a disinfectant spray. They work the same way that a wipe does. Spray it over the entire surface and it dry completely before sitting down or walking over it. If you don’t have wipes, you can use the spray on a paper towel and then clean other surfaces as well.

Use a bleach mixture to clean floors
Your shoes may also track in a lot of dirt and along with it the virus as well. It is advisable to use a mixture of one cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water to clean the kitchen and bathroom floors. Be careful of using bleach on wooden flooring. You can use a mixture of white vinegar and water for wooden flooring.

Clean up with hydrogen peroxide
A 3% hydrogen peroxide is effective against the virus. You can use it directly on surfaces like the sinks, toilets and tabletops. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash off thoroughly. Hydrogen Peroxide can also be used to clean your toothbrushes which harbour a lot of bacteria.

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