Welcome back to the third part in our four-part series on cleaning and disinfecting your home. We are happy to see that you returned, and we hope that you are learning a lot from these blogs. We do invite you to continue on with the series and check out part four of the series, which is the final and last blog.
As coronavirus presses on, it is important that we continue to clean and disinfect our homes to ensure that we are not spreading the virus or bringing it home. In the previous blogs, we have talked about making a disinfectant solution, how to clean your home, and how to clean specific items. In this series, we will continue to talk about how to clean specific items and provide you with tips to do so.
Okay, let’s dive right into the content!
Laundry may be one of those things that you just do and not even think about. Heck, we do it almost daily, right? Fortunately, you CAN wash a sick individual’s laundry with any laundry, so you do not have to separate it.
For all clothing, linens, and towels, follow these steps for laundering:
- Wear gloves when handling the laundry of someone who is sick
- ALWAYS wash and dry items according to the instructions on the label
- Use the hottest allowed settings, per the label, on the washer and dryer
- NEVER shake dirty laundry
- Clean and disinfect all hampers immediately after use
- Always throw away the gloves when you are done
Keep Your Hands Clean and Clean Them Often
You should clean your hands when:
- You make or eat food
- You come into contact with someone who is sick
- You remove gloves from your hands
- You come into contact with animals or pets
- You provide care to an infant (before and after)
- You cough, sneeze, or blow your nose
- You use the restroom
Make sure that you ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds!
If you do not have soap that is readily available to you, do not panic. You can use hand sanitizer, but it must contain a minimum of 60 percent alcohol. If you find that your hands are visibly dirty, you want to wash them with soap and water immediately. When you do use hand sanitizer, it is important that you continue to rub your hands until the hand sanitizer is dry.
HVAC, Ventilation, and Filtration
The ventilation and filtration provided by your HVAC unit can spread particles and molecules, which means that keeping your HVAC unit clean can limit the spread of the virus.
To ensure a healthier HVAC system, follow these steps:
- Utilize an air purifier in your home
- Make sure your HVAC filter is changed and installed properly
- Run the HVAC system fan continuously or for long periods of time
- NEVER use an ozone generator in an occupied space
- Avoid having fans blow directly on one another as this can spread the virus
- Improve the ventilation within your home with fresh air
- Open your windows
- Use a window unit with an outdoor air intake
- Turn on the bathroom exhaust fan
Keep in mind that taking care of your HVAC system is just one step to helping to prevent coronavirus and taking care of your system will not stop the virus.
Want to learn more about cleaning and disinfecting your home? Check out the final series in our blog: Part IV.