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How To Have a Safe, Sanitary home.

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Clean does not always equal sanitary.

Many people keep a clean home. 

Far fewer keep a sanitary home.

The difference? In a clean home, everything's in its place. Books neatly arranged on shelves, personal care products are organized under your sink, and household documents are filed correctly. The floors are swept and the surfaces are dusted. 

Keeping your home clear from clutter should be applauded, but it shouldn’t be confused with keeping your home free from bacteria. 

Now more than ever we need to be making sure that our homes are not just clean, but hygienic as well. Here, we’ve compiled advice on how to do just that. 

Start disinfecting, and don’t stop disinfecting!

From homemade solutions to disinfectant wipes, there are plenty of ways to disinfect surfaces, and quickly.

The first point we should make though, is to be careful not to put many of your belongings on surfaces such as countertops in the first place. 

We all have a habit of resting our car keys, laptop, or phone just anywhere, but this can lead to trouble. 

All of these items travel a lot, and are constantly being handled by different pairs of hands. As a result, they can easily become transport for harmful germs. So, find places to keep them that are meant only for them. A hook for your keys, a dish for your phone, and so on. 

It’s easy to forget all the surfaces you touch every day, but you must be wary of all of them. Door knobs, countertops, the mailbox, refrigerator handles, toilet flush handles, coffee tables, sinks, cabinets, remotes… all over the place. 

Be diligent about this! It’s always better to be safe than sorry. 

Disinfectant spray will also be necessary in your quest for a clean home. 

There will be surfaces that you won't want to disinfect with wipes as the textures won't be compatible with one another. 

This can include mattresses or furniture such as couches and armchairs. 

So instead, we recommend the use of disinfectant spray. 

However, we also recommend decanting your disinfectant spray into a smaller, fingertip sprayer. This would be similar to the size of a spray bottle perfume or cologne would come in. You can typically find empty ones in shops such as Walmart or Target. 

The reason for this is because you don't always want the spray to leave the bottle in a heavy stream. Fingertip sprayers will atomize the disinfectant, so you can spray it lightly, and let it settle over soft surfaces. 

Wait for the surfaces to dry before using them again. 

So, what do you do when it comes to your floors?

As we said, we don’t just want your floors to be swept and shiny, they also have to be sanitary. For this, you will likely have to boost the solution you are mopping your floors with. 

Bleach is the recommended instrument when it comes to sanitizing the tile floors often found in kitchens and bathrooms. Roughly 1.5 oz of bleach to 1 gallon of water. 

Our shoes can traipse grease and grime inside the house, and once it is inside it will travel around with ease.  

It is important to note that certain floors like hardwood will have a very bad reaction to bleach, often being stripped of their stain color. For these floors, we recommend using a disinfecting mop cloth. If that isn’t available, substituting a solution of 1 gallon of water to half a cup of white vinegar will help. 

Mopping is already a tedious activity. We recommend purchasing a Gladwell Electric Mop at this time. It will cut down the time and physical energy you spend on mopping considerably, and will also pick up far more dirt and grime than a regular mop! See for yourself HERE.

Storing food in a clean place is more important now than ever. 

When you bring in anything from the outside, you need to make sure you are disinfecting it, and that includes food. 

Wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly before storing and eating, and disinfect any packaging of products as well. 

Similarly, take the time to disinfect your fridge and pantry. There’s no point in cleaning your food if you are then going to store it on bacteria. 

Hot soapy water should do the trick when it comes to the fridge. If you have a problem with eliminating odors, that can be taken care of with a combination of equal parts water and white vinegar. 

Disinfectant spray and wipes will be sufficient for the pantry. 

It’s time to make new habits and to be vigilant in our homes!

The chances are, if you think something may need to be cleaned, then it does. 

You will need to hold yourself accountable to a level of cleanliness that you likely haven't before. It can be difficult to do this, as germs cannot be seen by the human eye, so consequently, motivation can be hard.

But in the long run you will feel the difference, not just in your home, but in yourself too!

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