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10 Items You Need to Clean Right After You Get Back Home

10 Items You Need to Clean Right After You Get Back Home
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Besides your hands and your phone, there are other things that require immediate disinfecting and cleaning as soon as you return from the outside world so you can keep yourself and your family members safe and healthy. But first of all, you should get a clear understanding of the difference between cleaning and disinfecting, especially when it comes to the fight against COVID-19.

So far, we take comfort in knowing that the novel coronavirus is
highly susceptible to various disinfectants, including bleach-based cleaners, detergents, and alcohol-based sprays or gels. According to CDC reports, cleaning of surfaces and then disinfecting them can help us prevent COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses. The difference between cleaning and disinfecting is that cleaning reduces the number of germs, dirt, and other impurities without killing them, thus decreasing the risk of spreading infection, while disinfecting (aka using chemical disinfectants) can kill germs on surfaces.

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PS: Don’t forget to wash your hands once you’re done cleaning.
With this in mind, here are 10 items you should always clean as soon as you get home.

1. Wallet and/or purse

Wallet and purse
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Your handbag is far dirtier than you think! Even before we knew about the existence of COVID-19, the average handbag was among the top items people use every day that were found to be three times dirtier than an office toilet seat.

So just as you do with your smartphone, always keep your handbag or wallet on and avoid placing it in random places, including the shopping cart. As soon as you get back home from outside, clean your wallet or purse properly by respecting the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid any damages. If it isn’t possible, leave such items in a separate area and wash your hands every time you touch them.

2. Grocery bags

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As we’re dealing with this pandemic, the good idea of bringing your own bags to the grocery store is no longer good. It is recommended to use the grocery bags that the stores supply. But if you still insist on using your reusable bags, you’ll need to wash them properly or t wipe them down using a disinfectant every time you use them. Also, you should thoroughly disinfect whatever surface you place your grocery bags down on when you get home. And if you brought any paper bags, make sure to properly throw them away ASAP.

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  1. I read thru all five pages of prevention measures and this is ridiculous. At the START of this virus, when they did not know enough about it and were trying to control the spread, all these steps were necessary. Since then, they have found that all these steps are not necessary unless you’re totally phobic about these germs. Plus, a person would not have any kind of life because they’d be spending ALL their time just cleaning up, disinfecting, showering, washing clothes & surfaces. These steps are totally absurd and unnecessary at this point in time. We have become more knowledgeable about this disease.

    • The average person probably does not have to do all of this, but someone in a household with an immuno-compromised person (someone in chemotherapy, for example) can use this as a guidebook. Most patients who died caught the disease from in-person contact with an infected person. Healthy people need a certain “viral load” to become infected-but cancer patients might catch it from just a few germs on a surface. Wash hands, mask up, protect others.

    • I agree with you. I have always practiced changing shoes at the door and will continue to do so. However some of the steps noted are quite ridiculous. Common sense dictates that you wear a crossbody bag and do not put it on the toilet stall floor etc. But using good sense and judgement and cleaning and disinfecting when necessary is sufficient.

  2. I am very careful when I go anywhere. I never wear footwear in my home, or anyone’s. I do wear a mask and stay 2 meters from almost everyone. You’ve offered some great advice here and I will pass it along, thank you!

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