We’ve all tried to ask ourselves “Does it spark joy?” after watching the famous Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Even though we don’t have tidying experts like Marie with us every day, we can still see the life-changing magic of tidying up in our own homes. Follow these 5 tips to not just keep your home tidy, but clean.
Tip 1: Equip Yourself With Proper Knowledge
- Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfecting refers to using chemical disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
Tip 2: Make Odd Days Of The Week “Sanitation Day”
Get your trusty disinfectant (see NEA’s list of disinfectants effective against coronavirus) on a cloth and thoroughly wipe down high-contact areas of your home. As highlighted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, wipe down:
- Table surfaces
- Hard dining chairs (seat, back, and arms)
- Kitchen counters
- Bathroom counters
- Toilets (seats and flush handles)
- Light switches
- TV remote controls
- Game controllers
Be liberal with your disinfectant and leave it to dry off on its own for 10 minutes.
Also, be sure to set aside time each day to grab an alcohol wipe (find them at any pharmacy) to sanitize your tech – smartphones, tablets, laptops.
Heat and detergent are the two factors useful in stopping Coronavirus from functioning. So, wash any cloth that you plan to reuse in the washing machine with detergent and a hot wash. Always remember to wash your hands after touching potentially contaminated linen.
Tip 3: Spring Clean Bi-weekly
Think about all the areas of your home that you might not have touched since the last big spring-cleaning. While packing areas of your home, give them a good cleansing treatment as well.
This includes furniture and appliances in plain sight, such as your bed’s headboard, your stove, microwave and even your alarm clock. Wipe everything down with a disinfectant, and make it a bi-weekly routine.
Tip 4: Pay Attention To Where You Rest
Every night, you drift off to sleep on your bed. But are your mattress and pillows clean? Each time you change your sheets, remember to give some attention to your mattress and pillows.
Pillows should ideally be washed every month. Choose between throwing them into your washing machine for a good wash or get them dry-cleaned at your nearest laundry shop.
As for your mattress, one easy cleaning method we like is to sprinkle baking soda over it with a sifter and let it sit for 24 hours. Vacuum it all up the next day and the mattress should be as good as new.
Tip 5: Prevention Is Always Best
Just as important as cleaning is preventing surfaces around your home from being contaminated. To reduce the amount of contamination of surfaces in your house:
- Have tissue boxes around your house for when you cough or sneeze. If you aren’t able to reach out for tissue in time, cough or sneeze into your palms instead and wash your hands immediately.
- Make it a habit for you and your family to wash your hands often, especially after visiting the bathroom and before meals.
Be sure to keep these 5 simple tips in mind for a well-protected home.