While the Philippines is battling the Coronavirus (COVID-19 or nCOV) outbreak, everyone’s staying at home more to avoid catching the infection, which makes it all the more important to ensure that your home is clean and disinfected. So we thought we’d share some of our tips for you on how you can properly clean and disinfect your home:
1. Start with the spots you usually overlook
We’re talking about under your bed, washing machine, the bookshelf housed with books you’ve never read. The innermost parts of your coffee maker. All of your bathroom accessories – and don’t forget the faucet!
Take this opportunity as the one time to do so you don’t have to do it until your next major general cleaning session.
2. Do it like the pros
And that means cleaning from top to bottom (rather than cleaning the dustiest part of the furniture, as intuitive as it might seem!).
You want to avoid having dirt or dust from the ceiling falling to the floor after you’ve already cleaned the floor.
To be extra careful, here are some guidelines you can follow that we got from Singapore’s National Environment Agency’s (NEA): an interim list of household products and their active ingredients known to inactivate coronaviruses to make sure the cleaning products you’re using are effective to keep viruses at bay.
They’ve also provided a guide on how to clean and disinfect your home:
Or, simply hire cleaning services on Carousell to save yourself the effort and time – if you do your cost-benefit calculations, and you may just find that some tasks are worth outsourcing to the pros.
3. Deep cleanse your fabrics
When was the last time you had a guest around? And how do you know they didn’t wipe potato chip crumbs into the crevices of your sofa?
You don’t. 🙁
Even if you’re super careful about keeping your home clean, you can’t avoid all that bacteria, dust and skin cells collecting on the fabrics around your home.
Most people think that using the vacuum to clean curtains, sofas, carpets and all these fabrics is good enough… But it’s definitely not!
At least give them a good soak in your washing machine, or fast forward the process by sending these fabrics to the dry cleaners.
4. Clean air, clean lungs, better health
Can’t live without aircon? We get it, neither can we. Give your air-conditioning units some TLC; and your fans, air purifiers, all the unsung heroes of home appliances.
If you’re not confident of doing a good job, engage an aircon cleaning service provider that will do the dirty work for you.
The more things you’ve got lying around in your home, the more neglected surfaces you’re giving dust to thrive on.
All you need is just 30 minutes to clear away unused electronics or organize your clothes and shoes.
Haven’t used it in the past 6 months? Add it to the declutter pile. Never even knew you had it in your house? Most definitely add it to the declutter pile. Gift from an ex? Add it to the declutter pile (or if they did you wrong, burn it or something).
If they’re still in good condition, try selling them on Carousell! Always nice to get a bit of extra money to help you and your loved ones get by.
Ensuring a clean home
Stay safe, Philippines!