COVID-19 has made it more important than ever before to have a clean and properly sanitized home to reduce the risk of getting the virus. The good news is there are easy and effective ways to thoroughly sanitize your home. By taking the time to gather the right materials and disinfect each room, you and your family can feel and stay much safer during the pandemic.
Use Soap and Water to Clean All Surfaces
EPA approved disinfectants (see below) certainly have their place and are effective when sanitizing your home, but simply using soap and water to clean all of the surfaces inside of your house is a great place to start the sanitization process. Soap and water work to reduce the number of germs that exist in your home as well as removing dirt and other debris. This makes the job of the disinfectant much easier and far more effective. Be sure to wipe down all areas that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, faucets and light switches.
Use an EPA Approved Disinfectant
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has dozens of disinfectants that they approve for cleaning your home. You can check their list of disinfectants here. Using one of these disinfectants as directed is a great way to sanitize your home. The EPA also states that bleach that is properly diluted and solutions that have 70 percent alcohol can work as a disinfectant as well. Make sure to wear gloves and other personal protective equipment while disinfecting your home.
Use Antibacterial Sanitizer to Clean Carpet
The carpet often gets overlooked during the sanitization process. Of course, vacuuming is a great way to remove dirt and debris, but it may not sanitize your carpet. Try using an antibacterial sanitizer such as Microban to remove bacteria and other contaminants that can invade deeper down inside of the carpet. You can also steam clean your carpet as well, which allows the heat to kill any germs.
Stay Consistent with Routine Cleaning
After you sanitize your home, then you should turn your attention towards keeping it clean to reduce the risk of germs invading. Consider adding a policy to take shoes off outside or just inside of the door, keep dishes clean and put up and dispose of food boxes and packages in the mail quickly.
Implement Good Hygiene Practices
Another great practice that can help you keep your home clean and germ-free is implementing good hygiene practices such as washing hands and using hand sanitizer often. Also teaching children and others who live with you good hygiene practices can go a long way in keeping them healthy and your home sanitized.
The Bottom Line
You can thoroughly sanitize your home by cleaning all surfaces with soap and water, using an EPA-approved disinfectant as directed and cleaning your carpet (and other types of flooring) with an antibacterial sanitizer. You can then transition into protecting your home against germs long-term through keeping your home clean and practicing good hygiene.
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