During the coronavirus pandemic, cleaning and disinfecting became crucial. Medical and disease experts used social media to share the best ways to disinfect our household surfaces to stop the spread of the disease.

Then when the world went on a global lockdown, we found ourselves quarantined at home for several months on end with nothing to do but clean and try to get some order and control over our lives.

Amongst the myriad of cleaning tips we’ve picked up over the past several months, here are some that we all should incorporate into our lives and routines, Covid-19 or not.

Let’s Start By Understanding The Difference Between Cleaning And Disinfecting

Many people confuse cleaning with disinfecting, just like they confuse bacteria with virus. Cleaning is essentially the process of removing all visible dirt, dust, and debris from a surface and making the place look less like it was hit by a bomb. Disinfecting on the other hand is using specific cleaners to rid a surface of bacteria and viruses. 

In order to fully disinfect a surface, you first have to clean it. After wiping away dust, crumbs and other debris from a surface, spray on a virus and bacteria killing disinfectant (all disinfectants do not kill viruses and Covid-19 is a virus FYI) and wipe down the area. Read and follow the instructions on the back of the bottle. Don’t try to be too smart, those instructions are there for a purpose.

What Is Contact Time, And Why It Matters

Contact time is the recommended amount of time a spray or product has to sit on a surface in order to kill the percentage of bacteria or viruses it claims to destroy. Not waiting long enough and following the instructions on the back of the disinfectant cleaner could allow germs to linger on surfaces. 

Here’s Why You Should Always Wash Your Reusable Grocery Bag

Covid-19 has completely changed how we live our lives. From disinfecting our groceries and supermarket plastic bags when we get home from the store, to washing our reusable grocery bags. According to a study conducted in 2010 the majority of grocery bags tested contained coliform bacteria, a category which includes E. coli. To make sure shopping bags are germ-free be sure to pop it into the washing machine after every use.

Yes You Need To Change Your Bed Linen At Least Once A Week

Far too many people seem to find making their bed and changing their linens a chore. It’s actually not, and it is important to keep your bedding clean. This doesn’t include just your sheet set, but also your duvet insert, mattress protector and pillow protectors too.

Make it a habit to wash your inner bedding (the protectors) every month or better yet twice a month.

If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s how important it is to improve on our personal hygiene. There is nothing wrong with being clean and keeping yourself and your space clean and disinfected also means that you will not only smell better, but you will probably be less susceptible to the flu and other such bugs.