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5 things you should regularly clean to help stop the spread of viruses

We share our top 5 coronavirus cleaning tips.

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5 things you should regularly clean to help stop the spread of viruses

Our number one priority right now should be to protect ourselves and families from the coronavirus. Here are some of our best coronavirus cleaning tips to help you identify the things you should sanitise regularly.

How can we stop a virus spreading?

Disinfectant wipes or sprays can kill most germs and stop a virus from spreading. Because the coronavirus is easily transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes and their respiratory droplets lands on a surface, we must be mindful of the things we touch every day. Read on for some tips:

  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.
  • Where possible, wipe surfaces down before you use them.
  • Carry sanitising wipes with you wherever you go and use on items like door handles and car doors.
  • If you go grocery shopping, wear gloves or use a tissue when opening doors and then discard.
  • Wash your hands often, after handling items or touching surfaces.

Top tips for coronavirus cleaning:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. This is probably the single most important personal hygiene step to help protect yourself.
  • Wipe down shared surfaces with a bleach-based spray or a disinfectant.
  • Clean your phone regularly with sanitising wipes to remove any potential viruses, or spray with disinfectant before wiping clean with a dry cloth.
  • Wash high-risk clothing items and towels on a hot wash.

What 5 items should I be cleaning regularly?

There is no research available that stipulates how long the coronavirus can survive on surfaces. What’s apparent though is, according to the World Health Organisation, it behaves like other similar viruses and is predicted to linger on surfaces (especially hard or non-porous surfaces like plastic or stainless steel) from anywhere between a few hours to several days. With this in mind, it’s the items we use the most and high-touch surfaces that could pose a risk to us. Here’s advice from Cleanipedia on 5 things you should be cleaning regularly to stop the spread of viruses:

  1. Wallet, cell phone, keys. These are the items that we use daily, especially our phones, which we often hold up against our face. (Read here for tips on how to disinfect your phone)
  2. Handles and buttons are everywhere: on cupboards, doors, remotes, public transport, lifts, to name a few.
  3. Hard surfaces like work surfaces, handrails, and countertops. Use a good disinfecting detergent when cleaning glass shower doors and other areas in your home.
  4. Outerwear such as scarves, coats, jerseys and gloves. Also, be sure to clean anything that was worn in busy places or come into contact an infected person or with communal seats.
  5. Hand towels are used frequently by different hands, which can harbour harmful bacteria. Wash hand towels often and hang out to dry whenever it is used

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