Disinfecting Items During the Pandemic - How to Do It?

    September 11, 2020

    With COVID-19 still at large and affecting multiple countries all around the world, knowing how to prevent it from affecting you and your family is crucial. Although staying inside is the best way to avoid getting infected, you can’t just stay inside forever.

    You eventually have to go outside to buy groceries, and you’ll never know whether the items you believe have droplets of COVID-19 or not. This is why knowing how to disinfect and sanitize everything that you bring back with you at home should be a priority!

    Everything from your groceries to your phone and even your car. All of these need to be properly sanitized and disinfected, or else you run the risk of endangering you and those around you. However, you don’t have to worry.

    We’re here to show you what items you should be disinfecting right now and how you can do it!

    House Keys — Home To Many Germs And Viruses

    For some things such as your hands and the things that you bought from the outside, it’s only common sense that you have to disinfect and sanitize them. However, most people wouldn’t even think about disinfecting their house keys or just keys in general.

    Despite how menial they might seem, keys can actually host a lot of different viruses and germs, one of them is COVID-19.

    To clean keys, all you really need is a bowl, some dish soap, and a small brush. Use the brush to scrub the keys thoroughly in the dish soap mixed with solution and that should rid it of any remnants of viruses!

    Disinfecting doorknobs and keyholes is a precaution that you should also do just to be extra safe!

    Mobile Phones—One Call Away From Infection?

    We use our phones literally every day, and yet we sometimes overlook how filthy it can be. A phone can fall on the bathroom floor, placed on a dirty surface, or even have droplets of saliva from sneezes and coughs!

    We are oblivious to the germs and viruses that sit on our phones and use them anyway without a care in the world.

    Be mindful of where your phone has been and clean it thoroughly by wiping it with disinfectant wipes, diluted rubbing alcohol, or alcohol pads!

    Carrying a few disinfectant wipes and alcohol pads around when you go out is an extra precaution that you should practice doing. Avoid using water or soap water to clean your phone.

    Although it may seem fine to just dab on some soap water and dry it off afterwards, it might harm the electronics inside the phone. Alcohol evaporates a lot quicker than water which makes it the best thing to clean your phone or electronics with.

    Shoes, Sandals, And Slippers

    Because SARS-CoV-2 is more stable on smooth surfaces, if you have shoes, sandals, or slippers made out of leather or synthetic materials, you’re going to be in trouble. The virus can stay on the surface of your footwear somewhere between an hour to three days if left uncleaned! 

    Unlike our clothing, we rarely thoroughly clean our footwear after we’ve been outside because we rarely even think of the possibility that our footwear has droplets that have SARS-CoV-2. If you haven’t sanitized all of your footwear yet, this is probably the time that you should do it.

    Wipe the outside of your footwear with disinfectant wipes and if possible, wash it in a washing machine with hot water and detergent. If the device has a, sanitize or disinfecting setting, use that as well. Leave it somewhere well-ventilated and let it dry.

    Cars And Other Vehicles—Ensuring That You Drive Safely

    There’s a difference between cleaning your car and disinfecting it. If you haven’t thoroughly disinfected your car now, you should probably do it before you run the risk of contamination.

    Disinfecting the inside is crucial to remaining safe from COVID-19 because the interior of your car has a significant risk of containing droplets of the virus.

    Some essential parts to clean in your car are the steering wheel, dashboard, hand break, touchscreen devices, all the levers, gears, knobs, buttons, seat belts, glove compartment handle, ignition, cup holders, and the door handles.

    These parts are essentially the hot spots of where droplets may be. On the exterior you should thoroughly disinfect the boot handle, door handles, and the fuel cap, because these areas are the most commonly touched parts of your car outside.

    Groceries—Sanitizing The Goods

    Although the virus can be housed in inanimate objects such as your groceries, that doesn’t mean that it will be transmitted to you just because you touch it. The primary mode of transmission is still through person to person contact with someone who already has the virus.

    This essentially means that when you go out to get groceries, you shouldn’t panic! Although it may be difficult, stay calm and don’t be afraid of what you’re grabbing from the store.

    Avoid using gloves because those gloves may be the reason why the virus spreads throughout the store and onto your car! When you finally get home with your groceries, try making a dedicated sanitized and unsanitized area outside or on your kitchen counter top.

    Use disinfectant wipes and wipe down the items in the unsanitized area and when they’re done being sanitized, move them to the other area. For your veggies and fruits, rinsing them with warm running water should be enough to clean them thoroughly.

    Money And Credit Cards

    You’ve sanitized everything from top to bottom. Your phone, keys, footwear, car, groceries, and even everything inside of your house. What else is left to sanitize and disinfect to make sure your safe from the virus?

    Disinfecting and sanitizing your cash and credit cards is probably something that almost no one thinks of doing. However, your currency, especially banknotes and coins, are probably the dirtiest items that you possess right now.

    Money is circulated from person to person, which means the change that you receive from your local Wendy’s right now may even have droplets of the virus! Credit cards aren’t exempt from this either. Because credit cards are inserted in an ATM that other people use, there’s also a high risk that your credit card would get contaminated.

    Good thing money and credit cards are a lot easier to clean than other things that you may have. You can use sanitizing spray, disinfectant wipes, and even soap and water to clean your banknotes and coins!

    Just leave them to dry afterwards and they should be clean enough for you to use without fear of contaminating you or the people around you. 

    The fear of transmitting the virus is in the minds of everyone around the world. With more and more being affected by the pandemic every day, keeping yourself safe from the virus should be your top priority.

    However, dreading about what happens next is not going to help. In times like this, your knowledge about the virus and how it works is what’s going to save you and the people around you. With that being said, make sure to be safe, wash your hands, and wear a mask to help against the fight against the coronavirus!

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