Easy Ways to Keep Your House Germ-Free

08-May-2020
 

While you are staying indoors during this lock down, you may think that your home is the safest place ever. But even your home is not safe if you don’t take efforts to keep it clean and germ-free. With the increasing number of disease-causing agents around us, living in a healthy environment is of high importance nowadays. By taking a few precautions at home, we can keep bacteria and viruses at the bay. Make the most of your time at home to develop a habit of cleaning and disinfecting your living space.

Here are some useful tips you can follow:

Kitchen :- Kitchen is an area which requires special attention as germs can easily spread through food substances. Clean the kitchen countertops stove and sink with a good quality disinfectant liquid.

Garbage bin:- Trash bins provide a favourable environment for the growth of microbes so make sure that you empty the bin daily by disposing of the garbage. Wash the bins thoroughly with cleaning liquid to prevent the spread of disease agents.

Cleaning materials:- We may not aware that cleaning sponges and cloths can host various types of germs and bacteria. So make sure that you wash the sponges, cleaning cloths and mops with disinfectant and hot water.

Refrigerator:- Clean the refrigerator shelves and trays weekly by wiping with soap water or disinfectant. Also, vegetables and fruits should be washed and rinsed with warm water and allowed to dry before storing them away.

Grocery bags:- If you want to reuse the grocery bags you got from a supermarket or vendor, soak them in soap water and dry them in the sun. If you don’t want to reuse just throw them away in the trash.

Door knobs:- Doorknobs or handles are germ hotspots are a regular touched item in the house so it is advised to disinfect door handles and taps weekly

Bathroom: Use a disinfectant cleaning liquid to clean the bathroom floor, washbasin and toilet seats. Do not forget to clear the bathroom trash bin daily.

Bath Towels: - Wet and used towels can harbor a lot of bacteria and germs. Regularly wash them with a good detergent and put them out in the sun to dry.

Laundry: Whenever you go out and return home put your clothes to wash using detergent and colour-safe bleach or peroxide. It is better if you can wash the clothes in warm water and let them dry in the sunlight.

Bedroom: Change the bed linen and pillow covers every week and wash them to remove harmful germs. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to keep the mattresses hygienic.

Household appliances: Use a wet cloth dipped in the disinfectant solution to wipe the surface of appliances like the Television, Microwave oven, Fridge, Washing machine, etc.

Footwear: Do not forget to wash or disinfect your footwear as they can bring in a lot of disease-causing agents to your home. Use waterproof sandals so that you can wash them regularly with soap water.

Buying disinfectants:

While buying disinfectants, you can choose from concentrated solutions, sprays or wipes. To meet the government safety instructions, you need to check for the mention of ‘disinfectant’ on the label and ensure that it has an EPA registration number.

Make your own disinfectant at home:

If you wish to make your own disinfectant at home, you can mix one tablespoon of bleach to 4 cups of water and use it as a surface cleaner. Allow this solution to remain on the surface for 3-4 minutes and rinse with water.

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