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Reducing the Spread of COVID-19: How Homeowners Can Keep Their Homes Clean

Homeowner wipes down and cleans stovetop with a rag and cleaning solution with gloves.

If you’ve been staying home, social distancing, and washing your hands as much as possible, then you’re making a great effort and reducing the spread of COVID-19. Although, if you’re making quick trips to the store and back, you might want to do some extra cleaning. Evidence suggests that the virus can spread on surfaces and survive for hours and—even worse—days. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has highly recommended families of households to be wiping down frequently touched surfaces with antibacterial solutions. Want to know how exactly you can kill harmful germs? We’ve got some tips we think will help. 

Use Cleaning Supplies Sparingly 

When you’re going to be using disinfectant wipes and cleaning solutions, it is important to consider household items that you and your family are constantly touching throughout the day. These items can include doorknobs, light switches, countertops, faucets, and many others. These are the objects that the CDC recommends you focus your cleaning efforts on. Furthermore, due to the high demand for cleaning products, it is important that you use the least amount of solutions possible. Grocery stores are doing the best they can to be in stock with these cleaning supplies. Use your wipes and chemicals when absolutely necessary!

Make Sure to Use the Proper Products for Cleaning 

If you go over dirty surfaces with soap and water, it is important that you apply a disinfecting solution to kill any remaining, tough germs that could still be on your surfaces. Furthermore, you want to make sure that you’re using cleaning supplies that contain strong chemicals such as ammonia, bleach, citric acid, sodium hydroxide, and much more. By using these solvents after a quick run down with soap and water, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve successfully killed the potential for germs to spread.  

Allow Surfaces to Absorb Cleaning Products 

The key to killing germs and the spread of them lies in the way you apply cleaning to your frequently touched surfaces. Simply put, a quick wipe can fail to be enough to get rid of existing bacteria. What homeowners are recommended to do is to spray and soak surfaces down until fully wet and allow for the product to sit there for a couple of minutes. Allowing the cleaning product to lie on the surface is intended to kill 99.9% of germs! After you set the solvent to sit for anywhere from five to ten minutes, you can then scrub down and give it some elbow grease. 

Wear Gloves For Further Prevention 

Most homeowners wear their kitchen gloves while cleaning, take them off and put them back on when necessary. While this is helpful, it is recommended that homeowners begin to utilize disposal gloves in light of the coronavirus. Disposable gloves are to be worn with precaution. They are not intended to be worn between cleaning tasks. It is advised that when disinfecting, that they are not used for any other purpose and to be disposed of right away. You can wear a new set of disposable gloves if you need to continue cleaning throughout your home. Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands as soon as you remove your gloves for extra protection. 

Throw Out Your Dingy Sponges for New Scrubbers! 

Those yellow sponges you use are infamous for being known as “bacteria hotbeds”. Regularly replacing old cleaning sponges is a small task that can go a long way for your cleaning goals. Every couple of weeks, be sure to replace your sponge to ensure no harmful bacteria are thriving and lingering amongst your sink and dishes. 

If you’re trying to cut back on expenses, there is another option at hand: toss your sponge in the dishwasher! With a strong spritz of water and dish detergent, this option can help target and execute the most dangerous bacteria living within your sponge. Although, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not guaranteed to kill all the billions of types of bacteria that reside within your sponge. 

Give Your Bath and Hand Towels A Frequent Wash 

It’s likely that you give your towels, bedsheets, and dish rages a wash every now and then, but in these times, it’s most likely that it’s not enough. As soon as you step out of the shower or finish washing your hands and dry off with a towel, you spread thousands of germs and bacteria onto yourself! We understand the nuisance of the prevalence of germs, but while they love to latch onto your linens, it’s your duty to have them washed more than you usually would.

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