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How to clean the house to protect yourself from the coronavirus

There is currently a lot of information and misinformation regarding the new coronavirus, and nothing is missing. These days, social media is full of advice on how to stay safe from COVID-19, but not all of them have a scientific basis.

This is why we wanted to bring together in this manual some of the cleaning practices that will help you get rid of germs and prevent the spread of the virus. Don't panic. It is about being methodical and careful.

Do not let the situation overwhelm you, especially if you have a large house or there are many of you sharing the same space. Most importantly, be aware of the importance of regularly cleaning high-contact areas of your home.

1. What to use to clean the house?

No special material is needed to clean the house these days, as your regular cleaning products should be more than enough. That yes, now more than ever, you should use gloves to do it (latex or rubber gloves, if possible).

It is recommended to use detergent and hot water, much more effective than soap. This only removes the viral particles from a surface and leaves them suspended in water. Instead, a detergent like a liquid dishwasher will break them and destroy the virus.

Another excellent option is wipes and antibacterial sprays, which will help you disinfect high-contact surfaces. Instead, if you want clean your smartphoneYou should use a microfiber cloth or a special cleaning kit.

For surfaces, you can also use bleach or hydrogen peroxide, but you must be careful not to burn your skin. Leja virtually kills all microorganisms but can damage the surface you clean and leave a bad smell at home.

Alternatively, you can use alcohol. However, as with bleach, this product can wean what you clean. In any case, if you want to use it, make sure that it is not diluted or of no use.

Those who bet on one of these stronger products should keep children, pets and anyone with respiratory problems away. They should also make sure to ventilate the rooms.

On the other hand, and despite the fact that you have probably read it on social networks, it is not advisable to use vinegar (it has not been proven to be effective against coronavirus) or vodka (whose alcohol surely will not be enough to disinfect surfaces).

2. What technique to use to clean the house?

But just having the right products will do nothing. You must also use a good technique. For example, if you use antibacterial wipes or sprays, you should make sure that you do not leave any corner and that you clean the entire surface.

If you bet on using detergent and water, make sure to rub well so that all the particles come off and are destroyed. Your goal is to remove any dirt (such as dirty footprints) where microbes can be found.

3. Wash your hands when you get home

These days, you may have heard the importance of regular hand washing. Everyone should do so immediately upon returning home. It is a good way to prevent viruses and microbes from spreading around the house.

If the front door is not near a sink, we recommend having an antiseptic gel right outside the entrance. Thus, the first thing you should do when entering the house is to take off your shoes and coat (which you must keep at the door) and wash your hands.

4. high contact areas

High-contact areas should be cleaned at least once a day, although ideally there will be two if you live in an area with a high risk of COVID-19 infection or live with vulnerable people and should leave your home regularly to go to work.

Put on gloves and use a spray or cleaning wipes that claim to kill 99.99% of germs. If you don't have one or the other, and you have no way of getting them, use hot soapy water. It will be equally effective, but it will bring you a little more work.

Cleaning high contact areas is the most important change you can make to your regular cleaning plan. It is common to forget these areas because they are also the ones that do not always look really dirty.

But the truth is that these high contact areas (that is, those that we touch very often and that are touched by all the inhabitants of the house) are the main reason why viruses travel from person to person.