My home is my fortress: how to properly disinfect your home during the coronavirus pandemic
Who just does not talk today about how to guard against the 2019-nCoV coronavirus in public places. But the infection could already sneak into your house unnoticed and lies in wait for you where you least expect it, writes Air force.
In this case, the Daily Mail newspaper recommends professional cleaning lady Sandra Redmond from the British company Molly Maid.
Disinfection is good only after thorough cleaning.
It does not make sense to wipe dirty surfaces with a disinfectant, they should first be thoroughly washed, Sandra advises. After all, dirt even under a layer of disinfection will remain dirt.
Of course, it’s much easier to walk around the house with a spray than to thoroughly wash everything with a sponge and soap. But you do it for yourself, right? So why engage in self-deception.
Do not rush to wash the disinfectant solution from the surface, leave it for 30 seconds so that it has time to kill all living things.
Usually we do this kind of cleaning once every few days, but times are not ordinary at all, so it is better to wash and disinfect work surfaces in the kitchen every day.
Do not forget about kitchen cabinets and teapots
Surfaces frequently touched by hands need regular cleaning.
Of course, we primarily pay attention to large surfaces such as countertops. But we must not forget about teapots, coffee makers, door and window handles, remotes and, of course, handles and buttons of kitchen appliances. And also about those very secluded corners in the upper and lower lockers, which are rarely, but still touched by, the human hand.
Kitchen sponges need to be washed!
Kitchen sponges and towels designed to clean other things and surfaces are sometimes teeming with bacteria themselves. As British scientists found out, an ordinary kitchen sponge is home to 19,6 billion bacteria. It is unlikely that your sponge is very different from the average, so draw conclusions.
Fortunately, the problem is solved simply, all these billions of bacteria can be sent in one fell swoop to another world, that is, put a sponge in the dishwasher or washing machine. And if you want to deal with them with your own hands, then stretch the sponge in hot soapy water.
There is also a more inventive way to get rid of germs on the sponge: put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and so that the sponge does not get bored, it can be made up of kitchen towels and washcloths from the bathroom.
By the way, microfibre fabrics are great for wiping kitchen surfaces, as they wash well and dry quickly.
Idle the washing machine
To prevent the spread of germs, underwear and bedding, as well as bath towels and kitchen towels, should be washed at a temperature of 60 ° C (it can also be higher if the instructions for laundry allow), and if you use bio powder, liquid or capsules, then at 40 ° C (otherwise dietary supplements simply will not work).
It is also useful to drive the washing machine idle once a week at maximum temperature or with the addition of disinfectants to prevent microbes from multiplying inside the mechanism. And do not leave wet washed laundry in the machine for a long time, because otherwise the bacteria will not fail to start multiplying in it.
How often do you need to do this cleaning?
It is recommended to disinfect surfaces that we often touch with our hands (and these are switches, door handles, especially on the front doors, and the like), although most people have neither the strength nor the time to do this.
But you can try to do this at least once every two days with a disinfectant solution or just warm water and soap.
Kitchen appliances, such as kettles and coffee makers, just wash once a week, also with a special tool or soapy water. And do not forget to unplug them from the outlet before you start washing, otherwise the consequences can come immediately and be much worse than the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.
In general, everything that you touch with your hands should be washed. Well, as a rule, wash your hands immediately upon returning home and before you start grabbing at everything. Because this is exactly the moment that germs and viruses are waiting for.
As reported by ForumDaily:
- A new virus was discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. In 2020, it covered all continents except Antarctica. On March 11, US President Donald Trump imposed a ban on entry from the EU. The ban came into force on Friday, March 13, and will last at least 30 days. In particular, it will concern people who have visited the Schengen area over the past 14 days.
- March 13, Trump introduced a nationwide emergency regime in the US due to coronavirus.
- On March 11, WHO recognized the situation with the coronavirus pandemic, which covered more than 110 countries. Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19 Disease Available here.
- Virologist's tips on how to protect yourself from infection - link.
- Taking advantage of the panic in the society because of the epidemic, fraudsters came up with several schemes to deceive victims of personal data and money. The most common ones can be found here.
- Having succumbed to panic due to a state of emergency, Americans are massively buying toilet paperbut they cannot explain why they need it during the epidemic.
- Read all news about coronavirus in our special project.
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