Are you taking enough preventive measures to combat the novel coronavirus? If you aren’t cleaning your home daily, you and your family might be at risk.
As the number of Covid-19 cases surge and the pandemic makes its way to every corner of the world, maintaining hygiene has become the top-of-the-mind concern for homeowners. According to the National Institute of Health, the coronavirus respiratory droplets can survive on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to 3 days. This means door handles, toys, and electronic items all can carry the virus for that long. Yet, its life-span can greatly vary based on the type of surfaces.
An infected person can spread the virus by coughing or sneezing and touching surfaces or other people. While everyone is advised to keep washing their hands with water and soap, how can we ensure that the virus stays out of are homes? The answer is through regular cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Here are some cleaning products that can effectively protect you and your family from Covid-19:
Water and Soap
The most accessible cleaning products to combat the novel corona virus include soap and water. When you apply soap on a surface, it tears the fats in the virus shell, breaking it away from the surface. Water will easily remove them from the surface.
Made of alcohol ethanol, surgical spirit has the potential to kill coronaviruses in just 30 seconds. Such viruses are made from ribonucleic acid (RNA) and protein, both of which can be easily destroyed by alcohol. RNA is a substance that fuels the creation of more virus particles in the infected person.
Use a clean cloth to apply surgical spirit on surfaces. After application, you won’t need to wipe the solution as it will automatically evaporate.
Bleach contains sodium hypochlorite, a highly effective substance to kill viruses. Bleach fights the pandemic by destroying the virus’s protein and RNA.
Apply bleach on surfaces and wait for 10-15 minutes before wiping it off using a clean cloth. Follow the instructions given on the bleach bottle for correct use.
Surface wipes are another valuable solution to get rid of the Covid-19. It comprises of benzalkonium chloride, an antiseptic that has been shown to kill coronaviruses that infect dogs and mice by killing the fats in pathogen cells. Since Covid-19 doesn’t contain too many fats, there’s no evidence to suggest that the antiseptic can kill the novel coronavirus infecting humans.
This method requires no introduction but what’s important to know about hand sanitizers is that their most effective alcoholic ingredient, ethanol, must be 70% or more. Anything less than that will mean limited effectiveness in killing the virus.
Since bleach and similar solutions can be harmful for your skin, it is advisable to use hand sanitizers to disinfect surfaces that are most often touched or handled such as mobile phones, air-conditioners or TV remotes, etc.