Life in lockdown can get a little claustrophobic, sharing space all the time – and whilst the risk of us catching coronavirus from the outside world is significantly decreased, experts say that it can be brought in on hard non-porous surfaces. Therefore, keeping home hotspots as clean as possible (especially if someone in your house is self-isolating) is important to staying healthy.
Bathrooms are high traffic areas in a home, and door handles, toilet seats, taps, switches and surfaces in this area could be primed for the spreading of germs. So, how should you be cleaning your bathroom?
You may have caught Dr Javid Abdelmoneim (A&E doctor) and Dr Lisa Cross (virus expert) on Channel 4 recently, giving the UK a crash course in home and bathroom cleanliness. Here are top bathroom cleaning tips, according to the pros:
- Clean your toilet first, and use with bleach – regular bleach is good enough. No need to dilute. Just pour it in.
- Surrounding areas and surfaces (including the floor) can be cleaned with a simple soap and hot water solution, or a diluted bleach solution if you prefer.
- Door handles, light switches, taps, toilet brush handles, shower screens and towel rails can all be cleaned with hot, soapy water.
And a couple of general hygiene tips that you probably apply anyway but can’t hurt to remember (especially if you’ve got little ones at home)!
- Put the toilet seat down after us (to prevent particles from escaping).
- Each person should have their own towel (sharing a hand towel was identified as an easy way for coronavirus to be passed from one member of the family to another).
What helps massively with keeping areas clean is following the basic guideline suggested by WHO, which is to wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds) to reduce the risk of infection.
Stay safe, stay healthy!
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