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How can I keep my house virus-free?

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We know that washing our hands with soap and water is good enough to keep them virus free but cleaning your house requires a little more effort.

IMPORTANT: Before you start cleaning, wash your hands and wear disposable gloves.

Here is how you can keep your house virus-free -

Surfaces

  • If you are just performing regular cleaning, use soap and warm water to wash frequently-touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, phones, computer keyboards, and toilet seats.
  • If surfaces are visibly dirty, make use of a detergent or disinfectant.
  • Be sure to wear gloves and open windows throughout the house to ensure good ventilation while using potent cleaning products such as bleach. Also, remember to check the product’s expiration date and whether the bleach is intended for disinfecting surfaces.
  • For softer surfaces such as carpets, rugs, and curtains - soap and water will be sufficient but there are products available for this.

Tip: To make an effective bleach solution, mix 4 teaspoons of bleach with 1 litre of water. For the best results, leave the solution on a surface for at least 1 minute before scrubbing.

Clothing

As soon as you get home from the shops, change into another pair of clothing and wash the clothes you had on. If you wore a cloth mask, wash that separately with a disinfectant and hang it up to dry. 

Electronics

Frequently touched items such as cell phones, tablets, keyboards, and remote controls should be wiped down frequently with alcohol-based hand wipes - but to avoid damage, use a clean, dry cloth immediately afterwards.  

Groceries

We know that COVID-19 can survive longer on some surfaces so it’s important to clean items before packing them away.

  • The CDC recommends that we leave the items outside in a secure area for at least 72 hours to allow the virus to become inactive but that is not always possible.
  • So, wash and scrub fruits and vegetables not packaged in a bag with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and leave to dry.  
  • Wipe down well-packaged goods with alcohol-based surface wipes or disinfectant and leave to dry. Alternatively, and if possible, remove and discard the packaging before storing the items.

Finally, dispose of any packaging and protective equipment used and wash your hands. 

 

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