You may have read how surfaces (including clothes) retain viruses and bacteria. But don’t let these facts give you sleepless nights. If you’re looking to disinfect your home and other surfaces, you are in the right place. Follow these preventive tips and you can be rest assured you have done as much as possible to keep your family safe from catching viruses or bacteria.
1) For 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 very important to wash your hands frequently using soap and water, or use a 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 discard it immediately after use) or your elbow (if a tissue is not available at the time). Also, having good airflow 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.
2) For Different Surfaces
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 thoroughly, make sure your surfaces are clean, and just add the cleaning and disinfecting of these surfaces to your daily checklist during this flu season. Cleaning them daily will also prevent virus and bacteria build-up.
But before you disinfect these surfaces, first clean the dust and dirt.
Simply use a regular household detergent and water to clean. You could also use a household cleaning spray or wipes. For the most effective way to use the spray, read the instructions on the label.
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 is active against respiratory viruses, as recommended by the International Scientific Forum on Home & Hygiene. Read the pack for instructions before use and always test on a small part first.
3) For Your Laundry
Not just surfaces, even clothes can retain bacteria, virus and germs. If you want to disinfect your clothes, one of the simplest ways to remove viruses or bacteria from your clothes is to give them a good wash. Washing clothes thoroughly with detergent is good enough. But, if you like your clothes to be extra clean, you could use a good antibacterial detergent. You can also try Lifebuoy Laundry Sanitizer. Read the pack for instructions before use and always test on a small part first. If you decide to use bleach, remember to wear gloves before using it.
Whenever possible, try washing your laundry using the warmest water setting. Another useful tip for doing laundry is to wash clothes as suggested by their wash care labels and the detergent label. If you like your clothes to be not only clean and germ-free but also soft, then try using an antibacterial fabric conditioner after washing. Finally, do let the clothes dry completely (either in the sun or in the dryer) before folding them.
4) For Your Personal Items
It is a good idea for everyone at home to use separate plates, bowls and cutlery. Let all family members use separate towels and bedding too. This suggestion is meant for not just the people in your home, but also for pets. Just make sure that all these household items are washed thoroughly with soap and water after each use.
These simple steps, if followed daily, can go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe from bacteria and viruses.