We’re cleaning our homes more than ever – but you may not be doing it thoroughly enough. Here’s why.
COVID-19 has brought about unprecedented change across the world – from major issues such as travel bans to ones closer to home, quite literally. For one, the way we clean our home is different now. Instead of just targeting dust and dirt, we’re going one step further – disinfection – that is, cleaning to eliminate germs and bacteria. But are we doing it thoroughly enough?
While remote working requirements in Singapore are gradually being relaxed, many of us may still be spending more time at home than we used to, pre-Covid. While the general rule of thumb is to wash our hands frequently, we’re only human, and we sometimes slip up. It could be bacteria from our time outdoors or germs from that involuntary sneeze or cough at home. We then go on to potentially transfer the bacteria and germs around our homes. While this cannot be completely prevented, we can take precautions to minimise the probability of it happening. Here are some high-touch points that we might miss out on:
How to disinfect: Simply wipe it with a cloth or cotton pad that’s been sprayed or soaked with disinfectant. Just don’t spray any disinfecting liquids directly on it since doorbells are usually electronic.
How to Disinfect: Lightly spray household cleaner or rubbing alcohol into a cloth or paper towel. Then, wipe down a surface, and use a Q-tip to clean the sides. Just like cleaning your doorbell, don’t spray any liquids directly on it!
How to disinfect: First, remove the batteries. Then, dip a cloth in rubbing alcohol and then wipe the surface of the remote control. Use a cotton bud to clean between the buttons. Then, clean the remote control with a lint-free cloth.
How to disinfect: This one’s pretty simple – other than the regular “wipe down with alcohol” method we’ve been so well acquainted with, you can simply wash the knob with soap and water using the 20-second rule. Or, try to use a paper towel or your elbow to turn the knob!
How to Disinfect: Ditto some of the previous points – cloth, disinfectant, and wipe away!
Cleaning or disinfection can be quite a chore, quite literally. But think about it – the pros outweigh the cons, especially in challenging times like this where we want to keep ourselves, and the ones we love most safe and healthy. Tip: make your disinfection process easier by decluttering your home. We’ve put together an easy-to-follow step-by-step decluttering guide because well, decluttering can be quite an overwhelming task. Stay safe, and we’ll get through this, together.