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COVID-19: How to clean surfaces during coronavirus outbreak


COVID-19: How to clean surfaces during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus is here and it doesn’t seem like it is going away anytime soon. In all honesty, effective vaccines will not be here in 12 to 18 months, although the recent coronavirus update shows that the US and WHO are putting some already developed potential drugs on megatrials. However, it is time we start living in a way we can protect ourselves from contracting COVID-19.

Quick takeaways about COVID-19 that may help in this article

  • Places like bathrooms and kitchens provide safe havens for pathogens in the home
  • COVID-19 virus can live on a surface for more than a week
  • Vinegar concentrate is very effective in leaving surfaces in healthy clean conditions

While you are at home, it is important that you maintain a healthy hygiene practice. There are certain supplies that you must stock up before the coronavirus lockdown is taken into effect in your community.

While taking care of yourself and the rest of the people staying around you is no brainer, there is still a need to master the act of disinfecting your surroundings. Here, we shall look at the effective ways to clean and disinfect all surfaces in your home against the COVID-19.


What are the areas that need to be cleaned?

In all buildings, being a home, school or office space, the most conducive places for germs are kitchens and bathrooms. When cleaning these two places, you need to focus on cupboards and drawers alongside their knobs and pulls. All kitchen appliances need to be perfectly cleaned. While doing this, pay extra attention to the fronts and handles.

In the rest of the home, items such as remote controls, computer keyboards and mice, mobile and land phones, staircase railings, doors, windows and all furniture handles must be hygienic.

Others include tables, shelves, desks and other places where items are placed.

COVID-19: How to clean surfaces during coronavirus outbreak
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What are the products to use when cleaning surfaces?

Now you know where to clean and following this, you need to be aware of the best merchandises to be used in getting the cleanings done.

While most of the cleaning agents that you come across in the market can do the job effectively, vinegar concentrate comes very handy perhaps more than the most of others.

However, you can create your own multi-purpose cleaning agent. Knowing what the product you are using is made of might give you the satisfactory assurance that you are looking for. In order to do this, get the following ingredients:

  • 1 plus ¼ standard cup of water
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • A few drops of any oil of your choice, although this is only optional

Mix those ingredients and pour the solution into a spray bottle. You have an efficient cleaning agent in that.

Spurt the cleaning agent all over the surfaces of the listed items in your homes, starting with the kitchens and toilets. Get a clean soft cloth and wipe the surfaces after the spraying. The most efficient way to get germs away from those surfaces is to leave the spray on them for more up to 7 minutes.

You can use other cleaning agents but they need to have at least 60% alcohol. That is the standard for getting rid of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.


Coronavirus/COVID-19: Departing thoughts

Although there is no effective vaccine yet, at least none that we are made aware of, it is imperative to know that coronavirus will not be here forever. Regardless of how quick it spreads, a large percentage of the population will miss out on contracting the virus. However, there is no assurance. The only way to be among the COVID-19-free ones is to be completely hygienic.

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