Residential Disinfection Tips: From Kitchen to Living Room

One universal advice for people to avoid the Coronavirus is to regularly wash their hands with soap and water. While this is true and highly critical, there are other ways to keep your living space virus-free. One of them is proper Residential Disinfection.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness transmitted through droplets that may enter another person through portals of entry – nose, eyes, or mouth. The disease is also caused by airborne particles that can stay for up to 72 hours on surfaces. Thus, it is important to regularly sanitize and disinfect every part of your home to ensure you are safe.

Follow these tips to safely and effectively disinfect every part of your home.

1. Washroom

Coronavirus droplets thrive on moist and soft surfaces rather than hard. For this reason, your washroom could be an easy target. From your damp towels to bath mats, and even your shower curtain. If possible, wash towels and rugs more frequently. Use dedicated towels and use them when drying your hands.

The handles, faucets, water fixtures, should also be disinfected. Door knob, medicine cabinet, bath and soap dishes, and even the mirror should be disinfected and sanitized.

2. Laundry Area

It is critical to keep your laundry area cleaned and sanitized because it is where you clean your clothes. Laundry clothes that may contain Coronavirus germs (PPE, hospital gowns) should be handled with disposable gloves on. When placing laundry in the washing machine, do not shake off the laundry to prevent airborne particles from spreading around you. Use a dedicated glove for laundry and toss it in the washing machine after.

Use a warm setting if possible to kill germs, and sun-drying would be essential as well. Using a fabric laundry hamper instead of a bin will allow you to quickly toss it in the washing machine too.

3. Kitchen & Dining Area

Perhaps the most critical part of your home is the kitchen. This is where you prepare and consume your food. Here, you touch most of the surfaces with your hands and oftentimes remain contaminated despite cleaning them

Your fridge and the doors of your fridge are hot spots of bacteria and viruses. Similar to shelves, drawers, and handles in your cupboard. Soak silverware (knives, fork, and spoons) in hot, soapy water. Also be mindful of the containers and dish racks.

4. Bedroom

Your bedroom is the place in your home where you rest and have a good night’s sleep. You can unconsciously carry germs and bacteria from outside to your bedroom. Your bedside lamp switches, television remote controls, bed frame, curtain pulls, and again, drawer handles could be potential sources of contamination. You can use sanitizers (liquid, spray-on, or wipes) to sanitize surfaces.

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