Don’t forget to disinfect these items and areas to prevent getting sick

Don’t forget to disinfect these items and areas to prevent getting sick

To keep you and your family safe and healthy, there are certain areas and items that are crucial to disinfect.

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While this is important every cold and flu season, it's even more essential this year. 

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COVID-19 has made us realise the importance of disinfecting properly, using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces we touch daily. By killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

When cleaning and sanitising, focus first on the items and surfaces that you touch most often so you can make even quick cleaning sessions as effective as possible. 

Here is a list of items you should sanitise immediately to avoid getting sick:

Cellphone

Cellphones have more germs than toilet seats. Wipe down the surface with a cloth and spray sanitiser onto a cloth rather than directly onto the screen to prevent damage. Remove the case and wipe it and then let dry.

Kitchen Counter and other counters 

Counters get touched often by germy hands. To keep this area bacteria-free, use a disinfecting spray and wipe with a clean cloth.

Keyboard

Computer keyboards are germ collectors. To clean them, fully unplug your keyboard, wipe the surface with an alcohol wipe, being careful that liquid doesn't drip down into the keyboard. 

TV Remote

Use a clean cloth dipped in disinfectant to wipe down the remote and to carefully clean the buttons. Make sure the remote is completely dry before replacing the batteries and turning on.

Light Switches and doorknobs

Germs last longer on surfaces than you might think. When cleaning light switch plates, be careful that liquid doesn't drip into the outlet.  

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Stuffed Animals and blankets

Make sure your child's favourite furry toy isn’t holding onto their germs. If the toy or stuffed animals can be washed in a washing machine, follow these washing instructions by using the hottest water setting possible, along with a laundry sanitiser, and then dry completely.

Your work desk

With more and more of us working from home during this time, it's important to clean our at-home work zones. Be sure to use a disinfecting spray or wipe on the surface and chair. Disinfect drawer handles and items like file organisers first.

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