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Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas in your home can destroy many germs, viruses, and bacteria that might compromise your health and the health of your family members. This is the case even with notorious viruses like COVID-19. Different researches have shown that this virus can live on some surfaces from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Thus, if you want to save yourself and your family members from all of this, it is crucial that you clean and disinfect high-touch areas in your home. But, how does one do that? We will teach you! Keep on reading if you want to find out what those risky areas in your home are and how to clean each properly.
Knobs, Handles, Switches
The three riskiest high-touch areas in every home are probably knobs, handles, and switches. Wherever we go and whatever we do, we must grab one of these – no wonder they have so many germs on them. Moreover, what makes these items susceptible to spreading germs even more is the fact that most of them are made of stainless steel – a material that keeps germs ‘alive’.
To stop these germs from harming you and everybody around you, you must regularly disinfect knobs, handles, and switches. It would be ideal if you could disinfect all these areas after touching them with unwashed hands. To do that, get an alcohol-based cleaning spray or even pure 70% alcohol. You can spray it on the surface and let it dry itself or use a microfiber cloth to speed up the process.
Caption: Do not forget to clean knobs, handles, and switches in your car too!
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Your Entire Bathroom
This one is a no-brainer. A dirty bathroom does not only look and smell bad, but it is also full of germs that can quickly turn into a health hazard. So, it is needless to say that every bathroom must be cleaned regularly. Of course, you do not have to do a deep clean every day, no. Leave deep cleaning for once or twice a month, and disinfect high-touch areas every.
day. Those would be the previously mentioned knobs, handles, and switches, as well as all the faucets and toilets. Use specialized cleaning solutions for your bathroom if you want the easiest and quickest results.
Nobody likes cleaning the bathroom, but no matter how disgusting it is, do not neglect it. This is especially important if you are moving to a new home. You do not know who the previous owners have been nor whether they have cleaned their bathroom properly. So, before you move in, make sure to disinfect your home if you want to start with a clean slate and with a safe one.
Cell Phones, Computers, Tablets
It is said that cell phones are the dirtiest things in the world. This is because we do not have the habit of cleaning them, but we do have the habit of leaving them everywhere and touching them before washing our hands. Cell phones pick up tons of germs from everywhere, which are then brought to our homes. Hopefully, this made you want to clean that phone of yours! To do that, you should first put some all-purpose cleaning solution on a microfiber cloth and wipe the whole phone. This will remove any dirt and debris. Then, get that alcohol spray, and spray it on your phone to disinfect it (do not worry, this cannot hurt the device).
The same applies to cleaning and disinfecting your computers, tablets, and even earbuds. Prevention is better than cure – remember that the next time you do not feel like cleaning the gadgets you always hold in your hands and close to your face.
Caption: By wiping your electricals daily, you may even prolong their lifespan.
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If you are like the rest of us, you put your supermarket bags straight onto your kitchen island or onto your countertops. Because of that, kitchen surfaces are in constant contact with various germs. Just think about it – that bag of chips you brought home must have been touched by several people before you. It may have even fallen on the supermarket floor at some point, and you placed it on a surface you use for preparing your food. By not being careful about this one, you may seriously compromise your health. So, either avoid bringing the items you bought straight into the kitchen or make sure to disinfect everything after putting away the groceries.
Luckily, kitchen surfaces are the easiest to clean. All you have to do is wipe them down with a cloth on which you put some of that alcohol-based cleaning solution. However, if you have some kitchen appliances or utensils on your countertops, it would be a good idea to clean them too. This is especially important for cutting boards, knives, coffee makers, and other high-touch items.
Lastly, an essential high-touch area to pay attention to is your makeup corner. Believe it or not, those little makeup brushes and sponges you use are highly susceptible to germs. And, if you do not wash them regularly (once a week), those germs may spread. When this happens, your face will start to break out, become itchy, and who knows what else. In the worst-case scenario, you may even end up at your dermatologist’s office. Thus, save yourself from all of these troubles, and clean your makeup regularly.
The makeup industry made it easy for us to clean our makeup products. Nowadays, you can buy anything from cleaning sprays to specialized makeup detergents. So, buy what you find fit and disinfect high-touch areas and your makeup at least once a week. Anything that comes in a plastic container can be wiped down with an all-purpose cleaner. And, all your brushes and sponges need to be washed with a specialized cleanser that will not cause any skin problems.
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