According to Healthline
, the most common location where people contract germs is in the home. There is no time like the present to properly clean and disinfect your home and your personal belongings, especially since you may be confined to the home in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Consider the surfaces you touch over and over each day that can retain germs or respiratory droplets for hours if not days. These germs can be ingested and lead to an epidemic such as the recent coronavirus.
When you take extra precautions to clean and disinfect your environment, you reduce the odds of getting sick. The items in your home that most often collect germs include doorknobs, window coverings, light switches, coffeemakers, TV remotes, computer keyboards and mouse, kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, and so many more.
Do you know what in your home have the most germs? They are your personal belongings - such as your cell phone and devices, wallet, handbag, keys, makeup and healthcare products, and even your hand sanitizer bottle.
That is why we have household products known as disinfectants. Below are the four best household methods you can use to clean and disinfect your home and your stuff and potentially reduce your health risks during a pandemic.
1: Bleach is a low-cost disinfectant known to kill the worst types of bacteria.
Bleach is perhaps the most effective in killing the worst bacteria such as E. coli, staphylococcus, streptococcus, and salmonella. Before wiping surfaces with bleach, the bleach must be diluted. Use about a third of a cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Spray or wipe all surfaces with the solution. There are also many over-the-counter bleach products, blends, and wipes that are already diluted and safer for usage.
Warning: Keep in mind bleach is hazardous to humans, animals, and materials. It should not touch the skin or be ingested. It is known to turn surfaces or objects white, and the dis-coloration is not fixable.
2: Rubbing alcohol is not only an antiseptic but is also an effective disinfectant.
Both isopropyl and ethanol (rubbing) alcohol are common, inexpensive household products that are extremely useful in the prevention of bacteria and some viruses such as coronavirus. There are various concentrations of alcohol between 60% and 90%, but health specialists recommend 70% concentration for best results. A spray bottle with 70% alcohol may be the perfect solution for spraying and wiping all surfaces, and rubbing alcohol generally does not cause damage to surfaces. Alcohol is also used in hand sanitizers and is very well viewed as an effective mitigant against germs and viruses such as Covid-19. There are a number of successful home recipes
for hand sanitizers.
3: Soap and Water
Soap and water help mitigate the spreading of germs and infection.
There are times when soap and water are the only ingredients you have on hand to mitigate the spread of germs and infection. While soap and water don’t exactly disinfect, together they are known to clean away droplets containing harmful microorganisms that can be ingested. Wash your hands rigorously for at least 45 seconds using this demonstration
4: White vinegar has antibacterial properties effective for killing many germs.
Pure white vinegar can be used for cleaning kitchen surfaces and food prep areas. Vinegar contains acetic acid, a known reagent destroying viruses and bacteria. If you don’t mind its pungent smell, simply soak cutting boards and other germy areas for at least 15 minutes. Cover the surface with vinegar for best results. Vinegar becomes more powerful when used in conjunction with other commercial disinfectants such as Clorox or Lysol that you can find on Amazon
The CDC suggests the following properties of an ideal disinfectant:
Broad spectrum: should have a wide antimicrobial spectrum
Fast acting: should produce a rapid kill
Not affected by environmental factors: should be active in the presence of organic matter (e.g., blood, sputum, feces) and compatible with soaps, detergents, and other chemicals encountered in use
Nontoxic: should not be harmful to the user or patient
Surface compatibility: should not corrode instruments and metallic surfaces and should not cause the deterioration of cloth, rubber, plastics, and other materials
Residual effect on treated surfaces: should leave an antimicrobial film on the treated surface
Easy to use with clear label directions
Odorless: should have a pleasant odor or no odor to facilitate its routine use
Economical: should not be prohibitively high in cost
Solubility: should be soluble in water
Stability: should be stable in concentrate and use-dilution
Cleaner: should have good cleaning properties
Environmentally friendly: should not damage the environment on disposal
While there are plenty of cleaning products online and in the stores, some of the best solutions are found under your kitchen sink. Knowing how to use your household cleaning solutions is an important step in the spread of colds, flu, and especially the highly contagious coronavirus. The best precaution is to stay safe at home and disinfect your home and your stuff. You may also take extra steps to improve air quality while staying at home, for example using house plants