How Often Should You Disinfect?
Disinfecting everything from the floors in your home to your office supplies is a craze nowadays, especially with the pandemic in its full-wave. Don't get us wrong- disinfecting has been a practice for centuries, but it's more important now than it was ever before. It has quickly become a routine chore you can't skip unless you want the COVID-19 virus and other germs settling on every spot in the house. Despite the constant worry about disinfecting, not many people are aware of how often they should disinfect their homes. Here's a clue- you may not have to disinfect every spot in your home every single day.
The Daily Checklist
The daily checklist consists of high-traffic spots or places around your house that are increasingly vulnerable to germs. You might be thinking about bathrooms, and yes, you're right. But, germs hide in many spots outside of the bathroom too, and you're probably overlooking these spots. Disinfect these spots daily:
- Light Switches
- Appliance Handles
- Sink Faucets
- Bathroom Counters
- Kitchen Counters
- Pet Bowls
- Mobile Phone
The Weekly Checklist
Next up on the disinfectant list are places and items that don't need daily disinfecting, but you'd want to wipe them down on the weekends. These spots don't have as many germs, and weekly disinfection will keep them at bay, but missing out on this weekly chore will enable the germs to transfer to various surfaces.
- Bedding and Blankets
- Kitchen Appliances
- Remote Controls
- Closet Handles
- Desks and Tables
The Monthly Checklist
Over time some places accumulate germs, but cleaning and disinfecting them daily or even weekly isn't feasible. For this reason, we've got the monthly checklist. That'll get rid of the germs and ensure you're not holding on to a lifetime of germs on these spots. Plus, you won't need to spend hours disinfecting these alongside the daily spots every day.
- Oven and Microwave
- Car Interior
- Shower head
Essential Tips for Keeping Your Home Germ-Free
1. Clean AND disinfect. Don't stick to only one of these chores; they're both equally important when it comes to exterminating germs from your home. Make the routine easier by cleaning and disinfecting according to the checklist.
2. You must disinfect your home even if you’re not stepping outside and are religiously practicing social distancing. You never know how and when germs settle in the corners of your home, and it’s always best to stay safe than to be sorry later.
3. Disinfect your home whenever a member of your family goes out, even if it's for the monthly grocery. Secondly, guests can bring numerous germs into your home. Therefore, disinfect daily, especially after a visitor enters your home or someone steps out.
Disinfecting keeps you and your loved ones safe from germs and bacteria that can put your health at risk. The work looks hard, considering you'll have to give extra time to disinfect these surfaces alongside the regular chores. But, as long as you follow the checklist, prioritize and manage your chores. You'll get the hang of it in no time!