Cleaning and sanitising your household is an essential step to prevent the spread of illness and disease. In the wake of the global health crisis, this is more important than ever. Here are some house cleaning tips to help you create a clean and safe environment for yourself and your family.
Choose Your Weapon
The first thing to consider is the tool you will need to get your immediate space spotless. There are some equipment and materials which will help to make household tasks easier and more effective. These include:
- Cleaning products such as Domestos thick bleach, dishwashing soap, floor cleaner, surface cleaner, laundry detergents and antibacterial soap.
- Disinfectant or antibacterial surface spray or cleaner
- Clean cloths and sponges – enough for all different areas in your home so as not to cross-contaminate. It’s important to note that a cloth or sponge used to clean the bathroom should not be used in any other part of the home and should also be replaced regularly.
- Scrubbing brushes are great for particular cleaning tasks such as tile grout and specific laundry chores.
- A broom, mop or squeegee, dustpan and brush
- A good-sized bucket
How to Tackle Certain Surfaces?
As a general tip, it’s a good idea to first wash all surfaces with soap such as dishwashing liquid and warm clean water to remove excess dirt and debris. Next, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily – these include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Household surfaces can also be sanitised with household bleach.
Here are some specific areas of the home along with ways that you can keep them clean and sanitary:
Areas Where Food is Being Handled
For kitchen cleaning and other surfaces where food is handled. For example, kitchen countertops, prep basins and sinks. Wash with soap and warm, clean water and rinse with fresh water. Next, sanitise using a mixture of 1 tablespoon of bleach per 3.8 litres of clean water. Allow the area to dry thoroughly by ventilating the space.
General (Low Moisture) Areas Where Food is Not Handled
Areas in the home that are not prone to mould where food is not handled include floors, counters, shelves and tables. To clean, start by wiping the surface with soap and warm, clean water and rinse with fresh water. To Sanitise, use a mixture of 1/2 cup of bleach to approximately 10 litres of water. Finally, allow the area to air dry.
General (High Moisture) Areas Where Food is Not Handled
Clean hard surfaces in the home that are prone to mould or other germs such as particular floors, stoves, sinks, some toys, countertops, flatware, plates. Mix 1 cup of bleach in roughly 4 litres of water. Wash surfaces thoroughly with the bleach mixture. If surfaces are bumpy or uneven, scrub them with a stiff scrubbing brush. Rinse these surfaces with clean water and allow to air dry, opening windows and doors for extra ventilation where possible.
When it comes to staying healthy, one of the best lines of defence is a regular cleaning and sanitising routine. Both personal and household hygiene goes a long way to help you stay healthy in the face of a global health crisis.