Additional Tips to Keep in Mind
Sanitizing household items and disinfecting common areas are a must when it comes to maintaining a clean home during COVID. But some of the most frequently touched items that are often overlooked are electronics. Tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls are considered high-touch items. Putting wipeable covers can help, along with cleaning them with alcohol-based wipes or sprays.
Another tip to ensure a clean home during COVID: When doing the laundry, wear disposable gloves. There is no need to separate the laundry items of a sick person. Simply make sure that you use the warmest setting for the water when doing the laundry, and completely let them dry. Clothes hampers should also be cleaned and disinfected frequently; this will help make a clean home during COVID.
How to Make Your Food Safe to Consume
As mentioned, the virus can survive up to 72 hours on certain surfaces. This means that keeping a clean home during COVID also requires being mindful of what you bring into it. This includes the food that is put on the table. When buying groceries, disinfect your produce and other items
It is advised to leave your groceries outside for 72 hours to let the virus become inactive. If this cannot be done, there are still some actions that can be taken to help keep a clean home during COVID.
- Set up a cleaning station when unpacking groceries.
- Cans and boxes can be wiped clean before storage. This will help reduce any possible trace of the virus on the surface.
- Items with disposable packaging can be transferred to a clean container. Since the contents are untouched, contracting the virus from these items will be minimized.
- For most fruits and vegetables, rigorous and multiple washing can help. You may use a commercial produce wash as well.
Extra Care for Fresh Produce
Thoroughly cleaning fresh produce like fruits and vegetables is also key to keeping a clean home during COVID. Cooking some of these vegetables may kill the germs in them, but some of it you might consume raw. Simple rinsing won’t be enough, below are a few extra steps to take when cleaning fresh produce:
- Loosen the grit on leafy greens by swishing it around inside a bowl of water and then letting it stand for a minute. This will let the dirt drop to the bottom. Lift up the vegetables and throw out the dirty water inside the bowl. Repeat the process if necessary and then run it in cold water inside a colander.
- Root vegetables may need a little bit more work to clean since they come from the dirt. Scrub them using a vegetable brush under running water. If this is not available, use your own fingers.
- Sturdier fruits and vegetables such as green beans, cucumbers, and grapes, can be rinsed under water in high-pressure. Don’t forget to rub thoroughly with own hands while doing so.
- Softer vegetables such as tomatoes can be rinsed under low-pressure streams of water. Turn it gently making sure all sides are rinsed but not bruised.
Countries, including the Philippines, are adopting strict measures to fight this pandemic. Social distancing and community quarantines are implemented in several areas to ensure public safety. As individuals, we can do our part in preventing the spread of the virus by making sure that we practice proper hand washing, self-isolate, and maintain a clean home during COVID.
Always keep in mind the different ways to keep the home clean and sanitized. Disinfect items that are high-touch and coming from the outside. And take the extra steps needed when doing the laundry. These tips, along with the basic protective measures shared by WHO, can help significantly in fighting the epidemic and flattening the curve.
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