As the month of March wears on, COVID-19 continues to tighten its grip on the world as more and more countries report their first cases of the novel virus. Drastic measures have been taken to slow its spread, from the cancellation of major sport seasons to hundreds of colleges shutting down, but new cases continue to pop up in the United States at an exponential speed. While the virus does not pose any major threats to the majority of the population, it’s vital that everyone takes certain precautions to prevent the disease’s spread. Consider the following suggestions to keep your home sanitary and your family healthy.
1.) Pull out the disinfectant wipes
One of the best ways to keep your home clean is to use disinfectant wipes — a lot of disinfectant wipes. Your hands touch hundreds of surfaces a day and spread germs between all of them, so the best way to keep those germs from spreading in your house is to routinely disinfect. Wiping down the surfaces in your home once or twice a day should normally be enough, but in the midst of a viral pandemic, it wouldn’t hurt to wipe everything down a little more often.
2.) Bleach the floors
Perhaps the only part of your body that collects more germs throughout the day than your hands is the bottom of your shoes. At the very least, you should stop wearing your shoes in the house if you haven’t already. From there, make sure to clean your floors with a mixture of bleach and water. If you’re cleaning hardwood floors, though, make sure to use vinegar instead of bleach so you don’t damage the flooring.
3.) Pour up some hydrogen peroxide
One of the most effective ways to kill rhinoviruses — or deactivate them since viruses aren’t technically alive — is to use hydrogen peroxide. Pour some of the liquid onto your bathroom or kitchen surfaces and let it sit for 15 minutes to maximize its effects. At the end of the 15 minutes, all you have to do is scrub down the area and rinse it with some water.
By following these three tips, you will be able to keep your home clean and safe as a sanitary haven. Remember that following suggestions like these aren’t only important to prevent getting a disease yourself, but also to limit the spread to other people who might be more susceptible.