How To Keep Your Home Clean And Covid-Proof
It seems as though there may be some light at the end of the tunnel with the Covid-19 pandemic. Vaccines are beginning to circulate, and little by little, we seem to be regaining some semblance of “the before times.” Outdoor dining is back and some places in the country are even loosening restrictions and allowing customers to enjoy a drink inside. But we’re not out of the woods entirely just yet. It is still of maximum importance to stay vigilant, for the safety of ourselves and the most vulnerable percentage of the population, the immunocompromised and the elderly. Here’s a short checklist of how to keep your home clean and Covid-proof. Not just for you, but for your loved ones too.
Take Off Your Shoes
A home is a sacred place...let’s treat it that way! When entering your home, leave your shoes by the door. Think of all the places you go on a typical day. Though granted, there are probably fewer places you’re going to on a typical day than before the pandemic, you still have to leave the house at some point. Going to and from work, picking up groceries, bringing clothes to the dry cleaners, pumping gas. We’re trekking through grime all day without even realizing it most of the time. Let’s not bring that filth inside our sacred space. It takes only a minute to remove our shoes and leave them by the door. It’s plenty worth it!
Limit Your Errand Runs
If you’re fortunate enough to work from home and you live with others, designate one person per week to be the errand-runner. This will limit your contact with others and lessen the possibility of bringing the virus home. Utilize services like Instacart that are affordable and do the shopping for you! Set up an area outside your home or in a room with low foot traffic to be your disinfecting station. This will be your designated area to disinfect packaged food.
If You Must Go Out
Bring some disinfecting wipes with you! Wipe any surfaces you have to touch, such as door handles and shopping carts. Remember to keep a safe social distance of 6-10 feet from other humans, not just for your safety, but for theirs too!
When You Get Home
Remember to take off your shoes before entering and use your disinfecting station to clean all packages. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and thoroughly wash produce before putting it away in the refrigerator.
Keep sanitizing wipes or a spray bottle of sanitizer around the house to use on high-touch surfaces such as keyboards and door knobs. Don’t forget to disinfect the dirtiest item in the home, your cell phone!
Check the CDC website regularly for updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a lot of misinformation out there so it’s best to check a reliable source for information regarding your health and the health of your loved ones. Stay informed, stay safe, and remember to get some sunlight and fresh air in order to stay healthy and sane.