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Five things you should clean after someone has been sick at home

Your Home - By Lolita Bunde | December 15th 2020 at 09:00:00 GMT +0300
Never skimp on cleaning door knobs, electronics and counter tops (Shutterstock)

When a family member catches a cold or sniffles, its only human nature to want to minimize the spread. Sometimes isolating the individual is not enough as all of you are likely to share some common areas like the bathroom and living room.

When a virus sneaks into your home, you need to up your cleaning game to ensure all surfaces and surroundings are clean at all times. With a pandemic currently looming around us, it doesn't hurt to be extra careful or clean. Here are some things you should clean after someone has been sick or still sick at home:

  • Door knobs

When cleaning, it is easy to ignore door knobs because you only touch them for a second but they can actually spread viruses. It is one of the few things everyone has to touch when moving around the home, when going in and out of different rooms and it is likely someone will follow thereafter. Always disinfect door knobs and encourage everyone in the house to use a sanitizer after visiting different rooms within the house.

  • Electronics

Most sick people do a lot of binge watching and are likely to share laptops, mobile phones, the remote control or other surfaces like light switches and keypads. These are common things people use daily and are likely to be forgotten during cleaning. Disinfect all electronic devices and put a disparity between those being used by sick individuals from those to be used by healthy family members, so it makes the cleaning process easier.

Always ensure common rooms like the bathroom are always washed and dried (Shutterstock)
  • The bathroom

This is an area likely to spread disease causing viruses and bacteria you should not skimp on when cleaning. The bathroom is a common area that everyone is likely to visit all the time. Ensure the surfaces are always clean after every visit. If possible each person should have their own soap and toothpaste to prevent unnecessary sharing of common products. Remember to toss used toothbrushes and soap from individuals who have recovered from illness in your house.

  • Sheets and towels

Since sick people are likely to spend a lot of their time sleeping, their sheets will need regular changing and washing. Always disinfect the sheets and ensure they are washed in hot water to kill all the germs that may survive washing products. The same goes for towels These may include face towels used to sponge them or those they used after showering. Always wash and soak them in hot water to kill all germs.

Dispose all used tissue paper and remmeber to disinfect the bin (Shutterstock)
  • Waste basket

A person with a flu is likely to use a lot of tissue that is disposed in the waste basket and in most cases emptying the contents of the bin is not enough. When the basket itself is not cleaned, it becomes a breeding ground for germs. Always disinfect the dustbin itself after emptying its contents. Also cover the bin with a disposable plastic bag, to make it easier to clean and dispose of the bins contents.

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Tip: When cleaning the house after someone has been sick or still sick, always use protective gear like gloves and masks to protect yourself against germs.

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