7 ways to keep your living space germ-free
Stepping into the new normal calls for advanced hygiene requirements at home. Even though our homes might seem like a safe and clean haven, invisible germs carried through the air or physical means can create the risk of deadly diseases.
It is extremely important to sanitize your home every day according to the guidelines issued by local health authorities, especially if have kids at home.
Frequent sanitization is the key to keeping your family protected from infectious microbes. Following a simple daily cleaning routine with the right products and methods can go a long way in maintaining health and safety at home.
7 ways to keep your home safe and sanitized
Before using any sanitization product, always remember to check with directions issued by the health bodies regarding the strength of sanitizing chemicals for optimum effectiveness. WHO and CDC recommend hand sanitizers with a strength of at least 60% alcohol by volume (Ethanol or IPA) for effectiveness against disease-causing germs.
Clean your gadgets!
We cannot seem to keep our hands off of technology, but how often do we care about cleaning up? Cell phones, tablets, laptops, remote controls, etc. are in constant use in our daily lives. We carry our personal electronics wherever we go, often exposing them to germs. If not cleaned properly, these can turn into sources of a variety of deadly diseases.
The simple act of putting down the cell phone on the payment counter at a shop to open the purse leads to millions of microbes landing on the surface. When that cell phone is brought close to the ear, the microbes are transferred to the skin and can cause illness.
Electronic gadgets can be easily disinfected with multi-surface disinfectant wipes. These contain cleansing agents that can kill most bacteria and viruses on inanimate surfaces. Television screens, monitors, and other touch screens and surfaces should be disinfected at least twice a day, or more as per discretion.
However, since these are daily use items, care must be taken that the cleansing agents used are not dangerous to health. For example, RESIST+ Alcohol Sanitizing Wipes are safe for daily use and give instant, effective sanitization.
Handle with care
Door handles can quickly turn into a major focal point for germs. Be it the handle of the main door or washrooms, these come into direct contact with skin multiple times a day either while going out of the house or coming in.
Cleansing with a disinfectant spray or sanitizing solution can help reduce the chances of infection from microbes. The handle on the door on the entryway should be sanitized more frequently since it is the most exposed to germs from people entering home from outside.
If your home has an entry gateway outside of the main door, make sure to sanitize the handle on it as well. In addition, latches and locks on windows should also be sanitized every day for optimal safety.
For spaces with high touch frequency, advanced disinfecting sprays, like RESIST+ Multisurface Disinfectant Spray containing, along with ethyl alcohol, portions of benzalkonium chloride are suitable since the latter enhances the germ-killing power.
Squeaky clean toys
If you have kids, you would have experienced playthings lying around in the house all the time. From rubber toys to teddy bears and sipping cups, young kids throw their possessions everywhere as they play around. However, if not paid attention to, these items can be a source of microbial infection for your kids.
Most often, kids habitually put toys in their mouths or rub their eyes after touching them. If the toys are contaminated, it can lead to germ infections. Boiling in hot water goes to a great extent in killing germs off the surface. However, for the large variety of germs that the items might be exposed to, especially if your child carries them outside of the home, cleaning in hot water is not always enough.
Sanitize your kids’ playthings at least twice every day, or even more depending on how much they play. You can consult the pediatrician regarding the type of chemicals that can be used to safely disinfect toys and other daily-use items. Children’s sports gear, like racquets, balls, and other equipment should be thoroughly sanitized, using surface disinfectants, after each use.
Care for pets
Your furry family members may not give you the flu, but they can be carriers of germs. Taking your pets out for a walk at the park can expose them to airborne and water-borne microbes. Touching your face or eyes after holding them can lead to the transfer of germs.
Consult your vet regarding the correct way to ensure the safety of your pets as well as to prevent germ infection.
Grocery bags, shopping bags, and mail packages are exposed to airborne germs as well as those on high-touch surfaces like supermarket shelves or packing counters. Direct contact with the skin can lead to the infection of germs from public spaces.
Disinfectant sprays can kill bacteria, viruses, and other microbes on inanimate surfaces to check the spread of infectious germs. Sprays are especially useful since they can efficiently disinfect surfaces quickly without a prolonged cleaning process.
The packaging must always be checked to make sure the surface disinfectant spray in use is sufficiently strong to kill a wide variety of disease-causing germs.
Sanitize your car
Keeping a quick sanitizing kit inside your car is absolutely essential, especially if you travel outside of the home for work or to run errands. A good car sanitizing kit contains multi-surface disinfectant spray, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues, and any other product that can be used to clean car interiors.
A basic cleaning routine for your car would include wiping off door handles, seats, headrests, and the steering wheel. The dashboard can be sprayed with a disinfectant to kill germs on the surface. If you use your car very frequently, make sure to clean at least twice every day. This holds especially fast if your kids and pets also travel in the car.
The easiest, yet the most powerful way to keep safe from germs is to keep yourself clean. Wash your clothes every time you return home from outside, especially if you have been in crowded places or public transportation.
Using a laundry disinfectant liquid can help kill potent germs on the surface. Masks and gloves should be properly sanitized since these are the points of direct contact with vulnerable areas. Carry-on bags should be sanitized as per directions and stored in a hygienic space.
Home hygiene is of utmost importance to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. It is useful to discuss the importance of hygiene as a family and to lay down rules and routines of sanitization inside the house.
A clean home is a happy and healthy home.
Disclaimer: Issued in public interest by Axio Biosolutions Private Limited. Kindly check the official guidance on WHO for more information on infection prevention and control of COVID-19.