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Coronavirus 2020: Six Tips for Keeping Your House Clean and Germ-Free

net. Once or twice a day should do the trick to remove germs, but if someone in your house is sick, you may want to wipe down surfaces more frequently. After you wipe the area, let it air dry to give it time to kill any bacteria that could linger.

Leave your shoes outside

If you havent already developed a habit of leaving your shoes outside the front door, now is the time. There are a number of different takes on the length of time coronavirus can live on different surfaces and whe
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Wash your hands. No, REALLY wash them.

It seems so easy, but the fact is that most people dont wash their hands properlyand somedisgustinglydont wash their hands at all. Proper handwashingnbsp;is particularly important because it is such a critical step in preventing the spread of germs, yetnbsp;a study foundnbsp;that 95 percentnbsp;of people are doing it incorrectly, said the American Cleaning Institute. They advise to scrub your hands, after lathering with soap, for at least 20 seconds. To make it fun, sing Happy Birthday twice while washing, or try a few of these options.

Use hand sanitizer

If youre in a place where soap isnt an immediate option, hand sanitizer is your friend. If you can find it, given the fact that its sold out everywhere and price gougers were charging up to 300 a bottle on eBay, youll want to use it liberally when youre out in public. Touch a table? Sanitize. Forget youre not supposed to be shaking hands? Sanitize. Remember that it has to have at least 60 percentnbsp;alcohol to be effective.

Give your house a good scrubbing

Now is the time to take your regular cleaning program up a few notches. Stock up on your favorite disinfectant spray and paper towels and get those surfaces spic n span. Counters, appliances, bathrooms, and floors should all be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. And surfaces that are touched often should be wiped down at least a few times a day.

Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC. Dont forget to observe safety precautions including spraying away from your face and wearing gloves. For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70 alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

Keep those bleach wipes handy

Clorox wipes are among thenbsp;registered disinfectants on the EPAs list for killing coronavirus and theyre great to keep in every room if you can find them. If youre anything like us, youre more likely to clean off your surfaces with a wipe than you are with a bottle of spray.

To keep the germs at bay, use a disinfectant wipe to quickly sanitize those areas, said c

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