Spending a lot of time homebound during the pandemic doesn’t mean that we are shielded from the virus. Our home can still be a hotbed for viruses and bacteria, so don’t miss these 3 hygiene black spots during your household cleaning routine. Protect you and your loved ones with the following pandemic cleaning tips to tackle 3 major hygiene black spots at home.
Home Hygiene Black Spot #1: Entryway
As one of the most frequented places in our house, the entryway can be a hotbed for viruses. Despite our reduced excursions during the pandemic, viruses and other bacteria can still be inevitably brought into the house. For example, we may go in and out of the house when we have food deliveries, collect takeaways, or go grocery shopping. Therefore, in terms of the degree of health risk, the entranceway is really the first to bear the brunt. Our hands will unavoidably touch the door when entering and leaving the house, letting bacteria and viruses on our hands contaminate the door handles and vice versa. The entryway is also usually the place where we put on and take off our shoes, which are covered in bacteria, dirt and viruses picked up from all the places we visit, resulting in the entryway floor a hygiene black spot in our homes.
To keep the entryway clean, keep a bottle of alcohol spray and hand sanitizer at a prominent spot near the door so you can sanitize your hands immediately when you enter the door. Use alcohol spray to clean the door handles and the bottles of sanitizers regularly to prevent them from being contaminated. Clean the floor with 1:99 diluted household bleach after each entry and exit to reduce the chance of viruses and bacteria spreading in your home. You can also consider leaving your shoes out instead of bringing them through the doorway every time.
Home Hygiene Black Spot #2: Bathroom
Many of us go straight to the bathroom to wash our hands once we’ve returned home. Good practice – but we must remember that our hands are ‘dirty’ after going out. So when we turn on the tap, germs from our hands can accumulate and grow on the faucet. In addition to placing disinfectants at the entrance like mentioned above, to prevent this from happening, remember to wipe the faucet with a towel soaked in disinfectant after washing your hands to ensure that any germs and viruses left on it are completely removed. Hand towels commonly shared by the family should also be replaced regularly, preferably every two days, and thoroughly cleaned with alcohol or other effective sterilizing disinfectants.
Other than the faucets and shared towels, bathroom drains are also worthy of paying special attention to. Back in 2003, U-shaped water traps drying out was one of the major causes for the spread of SARS in Amoy Gardens. It is best to pour half a liter of water into the drain once a week to ensure that it can effectively act as a gas barrier to block viruses from entering through the drains. Clean the bathroom with 1:99 diluted household bleach every day to ensure home hygiene.
Home Hygiene Black Spot #3: Kitchen
To fight the pandemic, many people are opting to cook at home instead of dining out. However, according to the National Sanitation Foundation of the United States, as a place where food is processed and stored, the amount of bacteria found in kitchens are higher than that in the bathroom! So be sure not to miss out on the kitchen during your cleaning routine as it can leave you exposed to bacteria and other diseases. One hotbed culprit for germs in the kitchen is the unassuming cleaning sponges and scouring pads. Often exposed to food residues and left in a damp state, studies have found an astonishing amount of more than 300 kinds of bacteria on these cleaning aids that we use daily. Therefore, it is advisable to change the cleaning sponges and scouring pads once every one to two weeks and keep them in a dry place after each use to reduce the chance of bacterial growth.
Another hygiene black spot in the kitchen we should pay attention to is the kitchen sink and chopping boards. Many households would only give them a gentle rinse after processing raw meat, making the surfaces an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Food poisoning can be caused by contamination during food preparation, be it from germs on our hands or other objects. Use separate chopping boards for raw and cooked food to avoid cross-contamination. Clean the kitchen sink and chopping boards thoroughly and properly after each use to maintain hygiene.
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