Aside from person to person transmission, bacteria and viruses can also spread from person to surface. With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, even if you strictly stay at home, different areas of your home may still expose you to different levels of bacteria and viruses.
But with regular cleaning and disinfecting, you can prevent germs and viruses from harming your health.
Find out where to begin cleaning your home below.
A study from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) found outthat certain areas where food is prepared and stored had more bacteria and at higher risk of contamination than other places at home. Head towards the kitchen first and start cleaning and using a disinfectant on kitchen items including cutting boards, coffee maker,refrigerator, kitchen sink, and countertops. Don’t forget the high-touch areas as well, such as refrigerator and microwave handles. Make it a habit to change sponge and wash dish towels regularly to maintain the overall cleanliness of the kitchen.
After cleaning the kitchen, you can go to the bathroom next. Make sure the bathroom floor is well maintained, pay attention to areas like the shower tub, drains, faucets, floor area around the toilet, and change bath towels and toothbrushes regularly. However, wiping the surfaces and handles in the bathroom should be done daily using an antimicrobial disinfectant or at least a thorough cleaning once a week.
In the same study conducted by NSF, yeast and mold are found on the computer keyboard,remote control, and video game controller which are often shared by family members in the living room. These particular surfaces contribute to bacteria growth and diversity, especially if they have also come in contact with other dirty surfaces like tables or counters. Conduct deep cleaning on the living room as with the other areas at home and to be safer always remember to wash your hands before and after touching any objects.