How to keep a home clean and disinfected

How to keep a home clean and disinfected

Ever since the novel Coronavirus (Covid 19) entered the U.S., there’s been a lot of talk about personal hygiene. And rightfully so!

But there’s been less focus on the cleanliness of our homes.

As an agency that offers community residence services (i.e. “group homes”) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, keeping the insides of our homes clean has always been — and will always — be a top priority for us. Let’s face it, minimizing germs is important any time of the year, but especially during the flu (and now, the COVID-19) season.

Health experts recommended some practical steps to maintain good hygiene at home. Here is a summary of the infographic above!

  • Take your shoes off before entering the home (if you work in a group home,  encourage the individuals you work with to do the same). If the individuals feel more comfortable with shoes on, consider offering house shoes that can only be worn indoors.
  • Wash down any items brought into the house. Detergent and water for containers, warm water for produce.
  • Clean “high touch” surfaces daily, such as: doorknobs, chairs, kitchen counters, bathroom counters, toilets, light switches, remote controls, and shared equipment.
  • First clean then disinfect. Cleaning removes any contaminants and dust (wiping with water and soap). Then disinfect — wipes or disinfectant spray removes bacteria and viruses, as long as it’s the right kind.
  • Wear disposable gloves! Take them off safely.
  • Cleaning technique matters! Try to wipe in an “S” shaped pattern to prevent re-contamination and cover all the surface.
  • While taking all these cleaning and disinfecting measures can’t create a completely germ-free environment, it does minimize risk and create a safer environment.
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