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Things You Should Disinfect Right Away to Avoid COVID-19

You probably have cleaned almost everything that you think you should be cleaning to avoid catching the virus, but what else should you disinfect? Did you miss something? Take a look at the things that you must sanitize right away to avoid getting sick-- pandemic or not.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Despite the fact that there are still cases of the novel coronavirus in some places (cases in other countries are even starting to rise again), states and local governments are loosening the COVID-19 restrictions. Shops and establishments are reopening and public areas are open to the public again. But that does not mean we will go back to normal. The virus is still around, looking for hosts and it seems like it is not going away anytime soon. We still continue wearing a mask when going out, social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting our surfaces and devices.

You probably have cleaned almost everything that you think you should be cleaning to avoid catching the virus, but what else should you disinfect? Did you miss something? Take a look at the things that you must sanitize right away to avoid getting sick-- pandemic or not.

Tip 1: Focus on the things or surfaces that you tend to touch most often.

Tip 2: Clean before disinfecting.

But what is the difference between the two? Aren't they just the same? No. Not because you clean your kitchen counter, it is already safe. While cleaning only removes dirt, grease, food residues, and bacteria, disinfecting kills viruses and parasites. That is why it is important that you should clean thoroughly first before disinfecting.

You always touch doorknobs and light switch plates so be sure to sanitize them regularly.

Did you know that germs and bacteria last longer on surfaces? Yes, so make sure every doorknob and light switch plate at your house especially bathroom doors, are always cleaned and sanitized. You can use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or use a germ-destroying cleaner. But be careful when you are cleaning the light switch plates. Avoid liquid dripping into the outlet.

Those cute stuffed animals and comfy blanket need to be disinfected too.

Keep your little ones safe by cleaning their toys and stuffed animals especially if they hug those while sleeping. You can check the tag on the stuffed toy for the proper way on how to clean or wash them. If they can be put in the washer, use hot water, laundry sanitizer, and dry completely.

I believe we always use the TV remote now that we are spending more time at home.

Remove the batteries before cleaning the remote. Use a clean cloth, dip it in 70% isopropyl alcohol, and wipe down the remote. To clean the buttons carefully, use a Q-Tip. Then let it dry before returning the batteries.

The kitchen counter and faucets should be cleaned as well.

One of the things at your home that get touched often. It is important to keep the counter, faucets and handles bacteria-free. Clean them with a disinfecting spray.

Of course, your germy cell phone and other devices must be deep-cleaned.

Smartphones are seven times dirtier than your toilet seat. Ew, right? So even you are always washing your hands but not cleaning your phone, you are still spreading germs. So make sure you disinfect your phone properly. Unplug all cables and external devices before you start cleaning your gadgets. You may also remove batteries if applicable (for laptops). Avoid water or any other solution from dripping into the USB port, microphone, or any other openings in your device. You can use disinfecting wipes to kill germs and viruses on the non-porous exteriors of your mobiles. Using microfiber cloth is a good option as well to avoid accidentally scratching your gadgets while wiping them.

That keyboard that you always use for working or gaming is a germ collector.

Fully unplug the keyboard first, turn it upside down, and remove the dust and crumbs. Then wipe the surface using a 70% percent isopropyl alcohol. Again, be sure not to let liquid drip down into the keyboard.

Always remember to wash your hands properly with soap and water for 20 seconds. No matter how you clean and disinfect surfaces and everything at your living space, if you are not washing your hands and following the basic safety precautions, you will still spread germs back onto your hands. Let us continue being extra careful to keep ourselves and loved ones safe during this pandemic.