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Safe At Home So Let’s Clean!

Staff | 20 April, 2020

You may find that you’re spending more time at home than usual due to social distancing and self quarantining recommendations (which we should all try to follow when we can to play our part in limiting the potential spread of the virus). So if we’re all safe at home with loads of time on our hands, we might as well do something rewarding with it and let’s not forget a good spring cleaning is even more important during this pandemic.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home at least once daily.

In a recent study done by The New England Journal of Medicine, it was found that the virus was still detectable on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours and on plastic and steel for up to 72 hours. The quickest and easiest way to clean your surfaces would be to use disinfecting wipes or sprays. Frequently touched surfaces include: light switches, countertops, door knobs, remotes, etc.

The Environmental Protection Agency compiled a list of cleaning products that meet its criteria for use against Covid-19. Check it out here.

Disinfect your devices

Our devices are magnets for germs and we use them often. Though disinfectant wipes won’t damage your phone’s screen, beware of some household chemicals you should steer clear of. When cleaning your phone or tablet, pay special attention to the screen, buttons and any areas that trap dust and dirt easily. Avoid using disinfectant wipes on the screens of your computer (in case it’s not made of glass) but be sure to wipe down your keyboard, mousepads and the area your wrist may rest on when using.

Other steps you can take to protect yourself and others:

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

  • Clean your hands often. It is best to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after sneezing, coughing or being out in public. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed/unclean hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.

We understand that having to stay at home can be frustrating as it interrupts the routines we are used to. Experts say organizing your space can help us feel more productive during times like these. Organizing and cleaning means that we’re moving around and being physical. It’s known that any type of physical exercise can help to reduce stress and help to improve mental health. Being in a clean and organized space can help you feel relaxed.

We’re all in this together and we hope you and your family stay safe and healthy.

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