As concern about the spread of the coronavirus grows, and the panic continues when buying soap and cleaning products, let’s find out how often you should clean your home and what household chemicals can be used to disinfect your home.
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, along with the microbes that cause colds and flu, is becoming an increasingly severe problem. Experts advise taking additional steps to ensure that there is no infection in your home, not only to prevent diseases but also to prevent their spread if someone is already ill.
Indirect Virus Transmission
Viruses may also be distributed via indirect transmission. This happens when the infection is deposited on objects, and people touch from the surface, and then the mouth, nose, and eyes. Many factors, such as humidity and outdoor temperature, affect this survival rate, and it is unclear whether a few viruses are sufficient for transmission. At the moment, it is still unclear how long the virus can exist outside the body, but recent studies have shown that it persists on solid objects, such as stainless steel and plastic, for 2 to 5 days.
In everyday life, to combat pathogenic flora, we use rags to clean kitchen countertops, handles of appliances, phones and TV remotes. In cases of cleaning contaminated, infected items, it is better to use paper towels in rolls, rather than reusable fabrics. Examples of ordinary everyday things that should use disposable towels include disinfecting the steering wheel of their car, pens and computer keyboard. Throughout the day, regularly wash hands with soap and water and use a lot of hand sanitizer.
Disinfection Against the Virus
Not all household cleaning products contain active ingredients that kill the infection. Ideally, the label needs to state: Kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
Cleaning and disinfection are different actions, but it is essential to do both. Cleaning is cleaning the top layer of dirt, and disinfection is the destruction of bacteria and viruses. Bleach, vinegar, and other antimicrobial solutions kill germs that cause colds and flu.
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Our advice is to start by cleaning your household items and removing dirt using a universal cleaner and then apply a special disinfectant to get rid of the bacteria. Some chlorine-based cleaning and bleaching agents are effective against coronavirus-like viruses. We recommend diluting bleach, cleaning gels containing at least 70% alcohol and chlorine-based disinfectant solutions.
You can use vinegar – it is a simple, affordable and universal drug for the fight against any microorganisms. Its aqueous solution is less aggressive to tissues, and the sharp smell quickly disappears, leaving only a feeling of freshness. It is necessary to prepare the vinegar solution correctly, depending on what kind of vinegar you have, and what you will be treating. 3 – 10% vinegar dilution is sufficient for various disinfection treatments.
You can also use alcohol. Alcohol on the microbial flora causes coagulation of protein eradicating the virus. 70% concentration of ethyl alcohol has the highest bactericidal and virucidal properties. Absolute ethyl alcohol 96% is less effective because, in the absence of water, the alcohol evaporates too fast, thus not allowing the virus to be drenched for longer.
Important Thing to Note When Disinfecting Homes and Offices
Before carrying out viral disinfection treatment, it is important to clean everything from dust and dirt to get maximum protection from the disinfectant. Surfaces that come into frequent contact, such as cell phones, door handles, light switches, and toilet handles, should receive additional attention. Since we do not know how long the coronavirus can survive, treat these areas regularly.
For disinfectants to work correctly, the spray treatment must come into contact with the outer layer of the object for five minutes to destroy the infection. To clean the surface, use chlorine-based chemicals as recommended, vinegar or commercial disinfectants. Use cleaning products for most items in the kitchen, bathroom, and throughout the house.
Home appliances can help in the fight against COVID-19
Washing machines with steam settings together with cleaning chemicals, bleach, and peroxide can kill germs. Drying clothes in a hot dryer cycle for 45 minutes is also effective against certain viruses and microbes.
Certified dishwashers must reach the final rinse temperature of 70 degrees and provide a minimum reduction of 99.999% in the number of bacteria. In the dishwasher, you can handle pet bowls, cleaning wipes, children’s toys and more.
Steam generator – use for cleaning and destroying infection from things that can not go into the washing machine. Steam can kill 99.9% of dust mites, viruses, bacteria including dangerous microbes such as Salmonella, staphylococcal bacteria and E. coli. Steam cleaners also remove dirt and stains from carpets, upholstery, draperies, and other fabrics.
Daily Home Cleaning Suggestions
- Clean and treat countertops, sinks, cabinets, handles, and cutting boards.
- Change your kitchen towels every day.
- Keep a kitchen rag in a bowl of vinegar solution.
- Clean the bath and shower, including shower doors and handles.
- Once a week, wash the bathroom curtain in the washing machine.
Following all these suggestions, your home will be safer from infections such as the COVID-19 coronavirus.
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