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Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Catching Infections

Germs spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing and touch. If you’re wondering how to sanitise your house, try these tips and protect yourself and your loved ones.

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You may have read how surfaces (including clothes) retain germs. But don’t let these facts give you sleepless nights. If you’re looking for tips to sanitise your rooms and other surfaces, you’re in the right place. Follow these preventive tips and protect you and your family from infections.

Ensure all the members in your family wash their hands regularly with soap, or use a hand sanitiser.

1) For Your Personal Hygiene 

It is good for each family member to maintain personal hygiene at all times, and not just as a temporary preventive measure. It’s extremely important to wash your hands frequently using soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser. This is especially recommended before or after preparing meals for the family, after using the bathroom, before and after eating, etc. 

Every time you cough or sneeze, it is good hygiene to cover your mouth with a tissue (don’t forget to throw it immediately after use) or your elbow (if a tissue is not available at the time). Also, having good air flow in shared spaces, like the living room, bathroom or kitchen, helps. You can do this by keeping the windows open or by using the air conditioner.

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2) For Your Home Surfaces

Germs can travel up to 3 feet after a sneeze, spreading unwanted infections, and rest on different surfaces around the home. Some surfaces in your home are frequently touched by all family members throughout the day. These high-touch surfaces include switches, door handles, tables, taps, cabinet handles, toilet seats, flush handles, phones, keyboards, etc. 

If you’re wondering how to disinfect your home, you’re in the right place. To make sure your surfaces are clean, just add a cleaning and disinfecting routine for these surfaces to your daily checklist during this flu season. Simply use a regular household detergent and water to clean. After the surfaces are clean, you can move on to disinfecting them. Use a suitable disinfectant, like a bleach-based (sodium hypochlorite) product such as Domex Floor Cleaner, which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area, and rinse to check compatibility first.

3) For Your Laundry

Not just surfaces, even clothes can retain germs. If you are looking to disinfect your clothes, one of the simplest ways is to give them a good wash. Washing clothes thoroughly with detergent is good enough to remove germs. You can use bleach for white sheets and clothes, but always remember to wear gloves when handling bleach.

If you’re using a washing machine, wash clothes using the appropriate water temperature setting, in accordance with the directions on the labels of laundry or clothing items. Finally, don’t forget to let the clothes dry completely in the sun before folding them.

4)  For Your Personal Household Items

It is a good idea for everyone at home to use separate plates, bowls and cutlery, which are regularly and thoroughly washed using a good dishwash detergent. Let all family members use separate towels and bedding too; this includes for pets. Just make sure that all these household items are washed thoroughly with soap and water, or disinfected after each use.

These simple steps, if followed daily, can go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe from infections.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html#precautions

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

https://youtu.be/1APwq1df6Mw

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html

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