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.
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
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
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.