Keeping Your Home Virus-Free

During this period of the Movement Control Order (MCO) many of us would have begun to spring clean our homes to keep the living environment around you safe for you and your loved ones. Here are two main things to keep in mind while you do that.

Know the difference between Clean and Disinfect

The first thing to understand is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things. Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface for example dirt, oil stains or stains made by other substances. Disinfecting however, means killing pathogens meaning germs, bacteria, viruses and anything that is dangerous to your health.

Clean High-Touch Surface Areas
Although transmission from person-to person is a much greater risk compared to transmission from surfaces, it’s still wise that we clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe, especially when one of the family has gone out and come home after a day at the grocery store.

Here’s a list of possible high-touch surface areas for you to clean AND disinfect daily:

  1. Doorknobs
  2. Table surfaces
  3. Hard dining chairs (seat, back, and arms)
  4. Kitchen counters
  5. Bathroom counters
  6. Faucets and faucet knobs
  7. Toilets (seat and handle)
  8. Light switches
  9. TV remote controls
  10. Game controllers

By having a daily routine of cleaning and disinfecting, you’ll definitely lower the risk of infection for everyone in the household. Everyone’s home is a bit different from another, so make a list of surfaces that you might interact with the most aside from the list above. For some of us, it might include desk surfaces where we use to work from home as well.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

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