Guest Post By: Rosette Monell
It is not easy to be living in the current condition the world is in. This time where a pandemic has turned the world upside down is calling for everyone to be vigilant and do the simple things that can keep one’s self and everyone else safe. Health is the number one priority and sickness and diseases are the enemies, which calls for everyone to disinfect to prevent being contaminated or contracting anything that will put their health in danger.
It is scientifically proven that the current pandemic caused by the coronavirus can be eliminated with the use of appropriate disinfectants and proper hygiene. When it comes to containing and eliminating a viral threat, it involves doing proper cleaning and disinfecting of everything. This includes all of your essentials such as your home and the stuff that you touch and use.
As the popular adage goes: “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” Since a virus can only multiply within the living cells of a host, you can kill it and stop it before it happens. Prevent the spread of viruses with these easy disinfecting tips.
Target High Touched Surfaces
Researchers have found that the source of the global pandemic, the novel coronavirus can live on surfaces and can even last up to two days on stainless steel and plastic. Thus, it’s only logical that we aim our disinfecting efforts to the surfaces that we touch the most, particularly at home. It is advised that disinfection of said surfaces is done daily.
High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily
- Table surfaces
- Door knobs and cabinet hardware
- Hard dining chairs
- Kitchen and bathroom counters
- Toilet seat and handle
- Faucet and faucet knobs
- Light switches
- Electronics and accessories (keyboards, remote controls, game controllers)
Keep in mind that everybody’s homes are different, so figure out which surfaces you touch the most, how to disinfect them, and if the disinfectant that you use is appropriate for those surfaces. For instance, some cabinet and door hardware (handles and knobs) are made of materials that clean or disinfect itself, such as unvarnished brass, something to consider when looking at the price of cabinet handles.
Clean, Then Disinfect
Cleaning is different from disinfecting. Cleaning is about removing contaminants from surfaces, while disinfecting is about killing the pathogens that cause viral infections. Both go hand-in-hand when it comes to preventing the spread of viruses.
The first thing to do is to clean the surfaces. Remove any contaminants, dust, or debris by wiping them with soapy water or applying a cleaning spray and a towel. Then follow-up by applying a disinfectant appropriate for the specific surfaces. Be sure to follow the instructions indicated on the label of the disinfectant.
In case you cannot find disinfectants sold over the counter, you can make your own using products that can be found in your household. You can make a bleach disinfectant spray with 4 teaspoons of household bleach and 1 quart of water. Pour both in a spray bottle and shake it vigorously. After spraying it on a surface, let it sit for about 10 minutes before wiping it clean with a dry clean towel.
For the threads that you wear, laundry will work. Washing them with regular laundry soap, then drying them in slightly higher temperatures is good enough for disinfection purposes. Be sure to disinfect the surfaces that your dirty laundry comes in contact with, such as the hamper and your hands.
With something as simple as daily disinfection of the surfaces we come in contact with on a regular basis, we can prevent spreading viruses that endanger us. Tandem with good physical hygiene, and we already have a nice layer of protection from health hazards. It’s all about staying safe and vigilant.
Editor’s Note: Disinfectant products must only be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions!
Rosette has a knack for anything DIY. She spent her younger years learning about the different hardware tools and equipment in the hopes of establishing a hardware business in the future. Her career options may have changed, but today, she continues to write so passionately about her first love.