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The recent coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has made us more aware of personal health and hygiene than ever before. Sales of disinfectants, hand sanitisers, antibacterial handwashes and more have all skyrocketed in the past year. People are doing their utmost to maximise their personal hygiene in a bid to slow the spread of the virus for the past year or so now. This is great. It helps to control the spread of the virus and also keeps us healthier and cleaner on a general level. But this isn’t necessarily where our efforts should end. Of course, you and your family are less likely to contract coronavirus when spending time in your own home away from others. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should let the ball drop when it comes to hygiene in the home. Instead, you may want to consider implementing these new levels of cleanliness to your own property, for the sheer sake of creating a more pleasant living environment for everyone in your home on a day to day basis. Here are some suggestions on how to get started.
Clean Common Touch Points
There are certain areas of your home that are more likely to be touched more regularly than other places. We’ll refer to these as “common touch points”. Common touch points can include door handles, light switches, bannisters and hand rails, taps and other places that we all touch without really even thinking about it. It’s important that you clean these touch points regularly. Use antibacterial cleaning products and be particularly careful when cleaning around electrical touch points – these shouldn’t get wet.
Avoid Leaving Food Out
Leaving food out in the open can result in all sorts of problems. Remember that there are many animals around and they can often gain access to your home, entering in a bid to find food and sustenance. If food is left out and about – whether that’s open packets or leftovers on plates – you are only encouraging these animals to enter. Whether that’s ants, mice, rats or anything else. Avoid leaving food out, so you don’t find yourself in a situation where you have to humanely and slowly remove animals or call humane pest control services.
Implement a No Shoes Rule
You should encourage anyone entering your home to remove their shoes. Think how much dirt people walk through outside of the house. You don’t want that to then be walked into your house, dirtying surfaces and spreading germs. By getting everyone to remove their shoes at the door, you can significantly minimise dirt in your home. If you want to go all out, you can also wipe pets’ feet down as they come in and out.
Of course, there are countless steps you can take to maximise cleanliness and hygiene in your home. But hopefully, some of the above steps will get the ball rolling in the right direction and keep your home as clean as possible!