Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic hygiene at home has become more important than ever. We know that regular hand washing and wearing a mask can help keep us safe when out and about, but what about when it comes to our homes?
Research has shown that people are spending more time cleaning their homes than ever before but are unsure as to whether the cleaning products they are using are enough to kill the virus. Read on to discover the best covid products to keep you and your family safe at home.
Firstly, it’s important to understand the difference between cleaning, which removes dirt and disinfecting which kills viruses and bacteria. At home surfaces should be cleaned with warm, soapy water and then disinfected. There should be a particular focus on frequently touched areas which can lead to germs and viruses spreading throughout the home. There are many anti covid products you can use to clean hard surfaces, like soapy water and vinegar. While cleaning high-traffic surfaces to remove contaminants, dust and debris is an important first step of cleaning your home, you will still need to disinfect those surfaces for protection against coronavirus.
Disposable cleaning wipes are coated with a germ-killing solution. They are designed to kill viruses and bacteria on hard surfaces such as doors, kitchen counters surfaces and TV remotes but they won’t work on soft surfaces such as fabrics. In order to determine which wipes will kill the virus it’s important to look at the label. Many wipes say they are ‘disinfecting’ but that may not mean they will kill coronavirus. When using wipes, ensure that surfaces remain wet for the disinfecting to work. Once you’ve waited the right amount of time (it should state this on the packaging) you can leave them to dry or wipe them down with soap and water.
Similarly to disinfectant wipes, sprays also need to be chosen carefully to ensure they are best covid products and not just general cleaning sprays. Once sprayed leave the surface to dry for at least 10 minutes which will ensure that it will kill 99.9 percent of germs.
If you don’t want to you don’t need to spend lots of money on specialist disinfectants – in a pinch bleach is just as effective at killing coronavirus. It can be used diluted on household surfaces (where appropriate) in order to rid your home of coronavirus. Read the back of your bleach bottle and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. However, make sure you don’t mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaning product, as this can produce deadly chlorine gas. Make sure to wear gloves when cleaning with bleach and keep the area well ventilated.
Whatever covid products you use to deep clean your home it’s important that you don’t combine products as this can be a danger to health. First clean to remove dirt and then use the disinfectant of your choice making sure to wash your hands before and after cleaning.
Proper cleaning involves a vigorous 20-second scrub with soap and water which goes beyond the hands to the wrists, between the fingers and under the fingernails. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on any cleaning products.