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11Jul 2014

Best Ways to Clean and Disinfect Your Home

It’s a natural part of life that everyone gets sick sometimes. From colds to stomach viruses, there will be germs that you simply do not want to pick up. However, this is easier said than done. It can be hard to ensure that your house inHarrow is germ-free, but by following the tips below you can get a good start. A lot of common sense applies too – general good hygiene habits will help protect you and your family.

First of all, amass your cleaning weapons! These will include a bleach spray, clean cloths, alcohol gel, rubber gloves and of course a washing machine and tumble dryer. You will need to focus on the germ ‘hotspots’. These are doorknobs and handles, used cutlery, dishes, towels, linens and anything like sofa throws in your home in Harrow, HA2. Then toothbrushes and used tissues.

Germs spread routinely through being on the things that are touched the most. These are things like taps, the handles of appliances, etc. Surfaces can be attacked by spraying with bleach and allowing to air dry, whilst things that cannot be got wet (iPods, TV remote, etc.) should be attended to by using a cotton wool ball soaked in alcohol gel. Wipe these delicate areas gently with the cotton wool ball to ensure a germ-free item. It’s worth noting that sometimes these things will need a second clean to ensure all germs are exterminated. This is especially important when there’s a nasty virus going round.

Invalids are generally confined to bed to recover, but this does then mean that sheets, pillowcases, quilts, throws – anything that’s been on the bed will need careful washing. Wearing gloves, scoop up all the linen requiring a wash and put it in on the hottest cycle that you can. Tumble dry afterwards and if possible use an antibacterial cycle. It’s worth remembering that bacteria can live inside the washing machine so after you’ve washed the laundry run it again without laundry on a hot cycle with a spot of bleach inside. This should ensure an almost sterile washing machine drum.  

Tissues are of course a hotbed of germs. Used tissues are the one thing that you definitely need out of your house in the HA1 locale. Wastebaskets and bins should be emptied regularly and then sprayed with an antibacterial spray to ensure that all germs are killed stone dead.

In addition to those specific tips, there are general ones which also apply. If you can, place bottles of hand sanitizers around the house within easy reach of wherever you are. This will help you get on top of those bacteria fast! You can also place plastic bags inside bins so that germs are contained and can be emptied rapidly. You could even give the sick person their own plastic bag to use as a bin in order to help prevent the spread of germs. Keep a bucket of diluted bleach and a mop nearby to clean up any mess and of course those all-important rubber gloves! Washing your hands is all well and good, but it’s the protective barrier that will ultimately give you the safest working environment.

With all of these things in place, you should find that even with an invalid in your house in Harrow, your home stays as germ-free as possible.

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