Staying at home, keeping social distancing and cleaning will allow us to get this through sooner. We want to share with you how to clean and disinfect surfaces properly, according to approved guidelines.
1. Clean and desinfect daily: Tables, doorknobs, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, sinks, faucets. If surfaces are dirty, clean them with soap or detergent, before desinfection.
2. Desinfection: Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water Ensure contact time for ar least 1 minute and allow proper ventilation.
3. Wash your hands properly.
Health benefits of a clean home
- Lowering stress and fatigue: According to Dr. Ryan Rowles, “Too much clutter can cause tremendous stress and fatigue. When things take longer to find, or can’t be found, stress levels rise, and so does your risk for illness.”
- Reducing allergy and asthma symptoms: “The more stuff you have in your home, the harder it is to clean. Messy areas increase the potential for dust, pet dander and mold to accumulate in closets, on surfaces and in crevices”, says Dr. Uma Gavani.
- Improving safety: According to Gary Bettenhausen, Bureau Chief of EMS from the Oak Lawn Fire Department. “Tripping over objects and slipping on slick surfaces can cause head injuries and broken and sprained limbs, which can result in a trip to the hospital emergency room.”
- Lessening the spread of germs: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gastrointestinal illness can be spread by contaminated food, and food-poisoning is less likely in kitchens that have been properly cleaned and sanitized. “You would be surprised to know how many raw foods grow disease-causing bacteria on their surface before cooking,”
- Keeping pests away: Regular cleaning, including daily trash removal, help to keep pests away.
- Improving your diet and waist line: “Researchers from Cornell University found that a chaotic physical environment may play a role as well. They set up two test kitchens with healthy and unhealthy snacks – one organized and the other messy and disorganized – and found those working in the chaotic kitchen consumed nearly twice as many calories in sweets as those who worked in the organized kitchen”
Taken from: https://www.ahchealthenews.com
Would like some reading suggestions?
Spruce.com have shared “The 8 best cleaning and organizing books of 2020” In this list you can find books for all styles: Cleaning for busy moms, natural cleaning solutions, tips on how to organize, and celebrity home cleaning.
In her book, Marie Kondo provides a simple guide to clutter-free your environment, in order to help you focus and achieve your objectives. Decluttering will help you to let go, have a simpler life and avoid stress and anxiety.