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Cleaning and hygiene tips during COVID-19 crisis

Posted on 25 May, 2020

Just about everyone has this on their minds these days. How do I ensure I keep my home and family safe? How do I ensure the home is disinfected and cleaner than ever before?

We have got some tips for you:

Hand hygiene. Soap’s supposed to be the best defense against any nasties, bacteria/viruses/other germs. Come back from grocer’s? Wash your hands thoroughly. Back from the hairdressers? Yep, wash hands thoroughly. You will be protected against all sorts of viruses, not just this latest round of coronavirus.

Do not touch your face. If you can avoid it, that is. Most of the nasties need a way into our bodies. The best routes are in through the nose or the mouth. Goes without saying, you should avoid touching your face where possible. You will have the added benefit of the skin appearing cleaner and younger. Win win!

Wipe and/or wash things brought into the house. Bought a second-hand kid’s bike off Gumtree? Wipe it well with hospital grade disinfectant. Same goes for a vase or a set of plates or a bowl. Give all these items a thorough wash/disinfectant wipe. When finished, wash hands thoroughly.

Wipe door handles, knobs, switches. These things are commonly referred to use as high-use surfaces. Where possible, wipe these down with a product that contains soap/detergent. Don’t obsess though!

Disposable gloves and masks. Where possible, use single-use gloves and masks. Countries such as England have advocated the use of masks in public, enclosed spaces. Face masks and coverings can help protect and slow the spread of the coronavirus, any virus for that matter. You can read the Australian government’s Department of Health advice on masks here.

Shopping online? The global pandemic has increased e-sales tremendously and more everyday items are being bought online than ever before. Most retailers and shipping companies are not asking for signatures anymore. Australia Post, for instance, do not need you to sign on the delivery driver’s handheld computer. You can protect yourself and your family by not bringing the parcel into your home immediately or opening it up with gloves and getting rid of the packaging immediately.