Keeping your home clean and fresh was stressful before a pandemic hit us, but now it’s even more important – and stressful – to make sure your home stays clean. But, how do you keep it clean and where do you start? Check out our tips to cleaning your home below:
Divvy up the Chores
Have the whole family help out in keeping a house clean. This will take the stress off of you and make sure that your home actually stays clean. Kids can make sure their toys are put away and their rooms are kept tidy. Those who are a little older can help out with vacuuming and washing floors, doing the dishes and unloading the dishwasher.
Make a chore chart and organize the chores, evenly. Or, at least as evenly as you can with small children around. That way everyone is helping out and it won’t feel like a never-ending burden to keep your home and family safe in this crazy time.
Set a Schedule
Constantly cleaning your home may only be an exciting past-time for Danny Tanner, but for the rest of us it gets old really, really fast. It may seem demanding to try to keep your house free of germs all the time, but you can make it easier on everyone by setting a schedule for yourself and your family. This will keep everyone in a much-needed routine and keep your house sparkling clean all week, instead of just one day.
Wipe Down the Majorly Used Stuff
The virus can live on different surfaces for various amount of time. Plastic and stainless steel have the longest with up to 3 days, while cardboard is only 24 hours. Smooth surfaces are more likely to harbor the virus longer than porous ones, and unfortunately for right now, there are a lot of smooth surfaces in homes.
Once a day, wipe down the door handles, remotes, computers, tablets, phones, toys, light switches, toilet handles, and faucets. Are you, or someone in your family, an essential worker? Wipe down the door handles they touch when they come home from work, helping with the stress that may accompany an essential worker in this time. High-traffic areas, like the kitchen and entrance ways, should be cleaned and wiped down, as well.
Finally Clean That Purse
It’s often overlooked, but purses should also be wiped down and cleaned. They’ve been in contact with tons of things in their lifetime, from the back’s of bathroom doors, to the ground, your car, shoved in a drawer at work, sitting in a shopping cart at the grocery store. Give your personal belongings like keys, purses, wallets, backpacks and lunch kits a wipe down after they’ve left the house.
Wipe Down Counters
Finally went out to the madness that is the grocery store? Don’t forget to wipe down the counter after you’ve placed your shopping bags, or items, on it! Cleaning your home in this time is more than just keeping things tidy and washing bathrooms, it’s making sure that surfaces that have come in contact with high-risk items are cleaned, doing a little more to help everyone stop the spread.