Follow our guide to keep your home free from coronavirus as the lock begins to ease


As the lock gradually begins to decrease, we are now at increased risk of picking up the virus and bringing it to our home, so it has never been more important to take steps to ensure that your home is carefully virus-free kept to minimize your chance of spreading infection among other members of your household. From filling your fridge with immunity to fortify food to opening windows and wiping your cell phone regularly, we show you how to keep your home a safe, covid-free zone.

KITCHEN

Cleaning

Disinfect surfaces that are often touched (door handles and kitchen tops).

You can wipe with a diluted bleach-based disinfectant, but an alcohol-based cleaner or soapy water can be equally effective because soap breaks down and destroys the outer shell of the virus.

Cleansing cloths and sponges probably aren’t Covid carriers, but they are the largest reservoir of microbes in your entire home. So wash them with a bleach-based disinfectant.

From filling your fridge with immunity to fortify food to opening windows and wiping your cell phone regularly, we'll show you how to keep your home a safe, covid-free zone

From filling your fridge with immunity to fortify food to opening windows and wiping your cell phone regularly, we’ll show you how to keep your home a safe, covid-free zone

Shopping

Ordering a meal delivery is a safer option than going to a supermarket, but it’s not entirely without risks.

If the person who picked up your order has infected hands, the virus can be transferred to your food packaging.

However, the coronavirus does not replicate outside the body, so by the time your food is delivered it is likely to become less contagious.

We also have good evidence that just ten minutes in the sun kills most viruses on most surfaces, so you may want to leave packets out in the sun for a while.

If you do go to the supermarket, wear a mask.

When shopping, try not to touch your face and, if you are driving, wipe your hands when you leave the store.

Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (door handles and counter tops)

Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (door handles and counter tops)

Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (door handles and counter tops)

Cups and plates

If someone in your household gets sick, keep a separate set of plates and cutlery for them and wash them separately.

To wash clothes

The virus can survive two to three days indoors, on plastic and stainless steel, but it does not live very long on porous fabric surfaces (such as clothing and furniture).

The holes in the textile catch the coronavirus and prevent it from being transmitted so easily.

Still, hygiene experts I’ve talked to recommend washing clothes more often than we normally would.

If you are concerned that you may have been in contact with an infected person, wash your clothes at 60c.

Be careful not to shake the clothes before putting them in the machine as this can spread virus particles.

If someone in your household gets sick, keep a separate set of plates and cutlery for them and wash them separately

If someone in your household gets sick, keep a separate set of plates and cutlery for them and wash them separately

If someone in your household gets sick, keep a separate set of plates and cutlery for them and wash them separately

Disposable masks should be discarded after use and homemade masks should be waxed after each use.

Refrigerator

Make sure to empty your fridge with tempting, sweet snacks that contribute to weight gain.

Being overweight significantly increases the risk of complications if you get Covid-19.

Instead, supplement it with immune-boosting foods.

Our favorites are red peppers, which contain three times the vitamin C of an orange. Also try live yogurt and fatty fish.

The virus can theoretically remain on cardboard for 24 hours, but mail and parcels are not considered a high-risk transmission route

The virus can theoretically remain on cardboard for 24 hours, but mail and parcels are not considered a high-risk transmission route

The virus can theoretically remain on cardboard for 24 hours, but mail and parcels are not considered a high-risk transmission route

ENTRANCE HALL

Outdoor clothing

If you’re doing risky work, such as nursing, or are a taxi driver, you might want to put a box at your front door for outdoor shoes and coats.

This means that you may be able to remove infected outerwear as soon as you return home.

Post

The virus can theoretically remain on cardboard for 24 hours, but mail and parcels are not considered a high-risk transmission route.

Ask the delivery person to keep a distance, wash your hands after opening and discard the packaging.

Mobile phones

Unlike hands – which are hopefully washed regularly – nearly three-quarters of people have never cleaned their phones.

A study in the Journal of Travel Medicine And Infectious Disease found that 68 percent of mobile phones are infected with viruses and bacteria, including some phones with antibiotic-resistant bugs.

Unlike hands - which are hopefully washed regularly - nearly three-quarters of people have never cleaned their phones

Unlike hands - which are hopefully washed regularly - nearly three-quarters of people have never cleaned their phones

Unlike hands – which are hopefully washed regularly – nearly three-quarters of people have never cleaned their phones

The report concluded that our cell phones may have a “large and largely unrecognized impact on the spread of infections in the community.”

Apple recommends Clorox disinfectant wipes, but anything that contains more than 70 percent alcohol is fine. Do not use water or bleach.

Bags

Keep your bag on your lap when using public transport.

Regularly wipe your wallet or purse with an alcohol-based cloth, and wash or clean your hands before applying lip balm or makeup while on the go to prevent germs from getting into your eyes or mouth.

Keep food in a bag or sealed box and wash or disinfect hands before eating.

While the risk of picking up or transferring the virus to a bank card is low, it’s a good idea to erase the cards once a week.

Regularly wipe your wallet or purse with an alcohol-based cloth and wash or clean your hands before applying lip balm or makeup while on the go to prevent germs from getting into your eyes or mouth.

Regularly wipe your wallet or purse with an alcohol-based cloth and wash or clean your hands before applying lip balm or makeup while on the go to prevent germs from getting into your eyes or mouth.

Regularly wipe your wallet or purse with an alcohol-based cloth and wash or clean your hands before applying lip balm or makeup while on the go to prevent germs from getting into your eyes or mouth.

Downstairs Loo

Now that we can entertain outside, family or friends may need to use the toilet.

Wipe all surfaces, including flushing levers and faucets, with bleach or disinfectant spray before guests arrive and change the towel.

Do the same again when they leave, wash towels at 60c. It is not necessary to clean the toilet every time it is used.

BEDROOM

Windows

Open windows / doors where possible. According to government advice, the virus is less likely to spread in well-ventilated buildings and outdoors.

Now it is warmer, leave windows and doors open.

Virus droplets spread quickly in the fresh air and smaller particles floating in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes dry faster when there is a breeze.

Nonsense

If someone in your house is sick, ask them to put tissues or wipes in a trash bag and tie the top. Keep this separate from other rubbish for 72 hours before putting it in the household waste bin.

Sweeter dreams

Wash sheets regularly at 60c (90c for whites).

If someone in your house has symptoms, ask them to put dirty bed linen and towels in a bag and wait 72 hours before washing them.

Leave clean linen outside their room. Wash hands after touching items from their room

WAITING ROOM

TV remotes

Just like your mobile phone, a TV remote and gaming handsets can contain bugs, so occasionally wipe with disinfectant.

Houseplants

I love having houseplants nearby and there are indications that they can improve the air quality in any room.

There’s even a hit list of ‘air-purifying’ top factories designed by NASA scientists who discovered that houseplants are not only good at absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, but they can remove volatile organic pollutants from the air, such as benzene and xylene, found in furniture, cleaning products and air fresheners.

Like your mobile phone, a TV remote and gaming handsets may contain bugs, so occasionally wipe with disinfectant

Like your mobile phone, a TV remote and gaming handsets may contain bugs, so occasionally wipe with disinfectant

Like your mobile phone, a TV remote and gaming handsets may contain bugs, so occasionally wipe with disinfectant

English (or common) ivy, snake plants, aloe vera, and broadleaf female palms all came on the list. If you have respiratory problems, plants are great moisture regulators for our dry, centrally heated homes.

Whether the air is dry or your room humid, plants help balance moisture levels. Humidity and good indoor air circulation have been shown to help prevent the spread of viruses.

Home office

Keyboards and shared laptops and tablets are a potential source of cross-contamination, so give them an occasional swipe. Use an alcohol swab or a dry cloth with disinfectant spray.

Books, magazines and newspapers

The virus cannot be spread to newspapers, but avoid licking a finger when you turn the pages (in case you are transferring virus particles that you may have picked up elsewhere in your mouth).

Glasses of wine

A strange glass of wine is fine, but drinking too much affects your immunity (alcohol abuse is linked to an increased incidence of infectious diseases).

The strange glass of wine is fine, but drinking too much will affect your immunity

The strange glass of wine is fine, but drinking too much will affect your immunity

The strange glass of wine is fine, but drinking too much will affect your immunity

BATHROOM

Wash hands

The key to protecting your home and your loved ones is to wash your hands thoroughly when you return from the outside.

I’m sure you know the drill by now, but if you don’t, foam your hands, rub the back and between fingers and ‘scratch’ each palm with the nails of the other hand to get soap under the nails .

Continue for 20 seconds (or while it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice). Then rinse your hands under clean running water.

I make it a point to wash my hands regularly throughout the day (after every trip to the toilet, before cooking, before eating, and after wearing a face mask). It is good practice to get into it.

Continue for 20 seconds (or while it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice). Then rinse your hands under clean running water

Continue for 20 seconds (or while it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice). Then rinse your hands under clean running water

Continue for 20 seconds (or while it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice). Then rinse your hands under clean running water

The key to protecting your home and your loved ones is to wash your hands thoroughly when you return from the outside

The key to protecting your home and your loved ones is to wash your hands thoroughly when you return from the outside

The key to protecting your home and your loved ones is to wash your hands thoroughly when you return from the outside

Bathroom scales

Weigh yourself every week so you can see if your weight is creeping up. In addition to excessive health problems, being overweight increases the risk of complications from Covid19. It’s much easier to realign food slips if you keep an eye on your weight.

Shower bath

The virus does not adhere well to the hair, so there is no need to wash your hair after going out, but tie up long hair so that you are less likely to touch your face.

Shower daily, as usual, but make sure everyone in the house has their own towel, which is regularly washed at 60c.

If someone in your family catches the virus, try limiting them to their own bathroom if possible or being vigilant about wiping all surfaces, including faucets and the toilet, with a bleach solution.

In addition to excessive health problems, being overweight increases the risk of complications from Covid19

In addition to excessive health problems, being overweight increases the risk of complications from Covid19

In addition to excessive health problems, being overweight increases the risk of complications from Covid19

Be careful wiping all surfaces, including faucets and the toilet, with a bleach solution if someone in your family catches the virus

Be careful wiping all surfaces, including faucets and the toilet, with a bleach solution if someone in your family catches the virus

Be careful wiping all surfaces, including faucets and the toilet, with a bleach solution if someone in your family catches the virus

… AND OUTSIDE

Your car

Keep a bottle of hand sanitiser in your glove box for on-the-go cleaning.

A pack of disinfectant wipes is also useful so that you can wipe the gear lever and steering wheel, door handles and all commonly used buttons when you return to the car after being out of the car, if you or a family member may have come in contact with the virus .

This will prevent particles from your hands from going to the interior of the car and possibly being taken home with you when you get home.

Ideally, you should not share a car ride with anyone outside of your immediate family unless absolutely necessary.

If you need to travel with someone else, use a face mask and keep a window open while driving.

According to the Office for National Statistics, security guards and taxi drivers are the workers most at risk of death from Covid-19. It is difficult to keep a safe distance in a car.

A pack of disinfectant wipes is also handy, so you can wipe the gearshift and steering wheel, door handles and all commonly used buttons

A pack of disinfectant wipes is also handy, so you can wipe the gearshift and steering wheel, door handles and all commonly used buttons

A pack of disinfectant wipes is also handy, so you can wipe the gearshift and steering wheel, door handles and all commonly used buttons

Garden & Patio

If you are lucky enough to have a garden, take the opportunity to enjoy the sun.

Even if you wear suntan lotion, this is the best way to replenish your vitamin D level, which is likely to be depleted after a long winter.

Vitamin D is important for building and regulating your immune system.

Getting a good dose of UV light in the morning is also a great way to set your circadian clock, ensuring good restorative sleep.

Sunlight, as I said before, is a great way to kill any of the viruses that hang around packages or other surfaces, especially since the ultraviolet end of the light spectrum breaks up the fragile genetic material.

So enjoy the sun safely this summer!

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