Cleanliness is the key to health. Clarification: not just cleanliness, but disinfection. It is based on the use of special means. We tell you how to work with them in this material.
Disinfecting – gloves only.
Epidemiologists to prevent. The spread of the coronavirus give simple rules that everyone can and should adhere to: wash your hands often and disinfect everything you touch.
Another rule of thumb is to keep your home and personal belongings clean. Yes, wet cleaning of the apartment should be done more often – preferably every day. However, it is better to refrain from dubious internet tips: they can be not only ineffective, but also harmful to your health.
– What to do? Buy only tested cleaning products and read the instructions carefully, they are placed right on the bottle/package. If the print is small, you can go to the manufacturer’s website and find the necessary information there.
– Only wear gloves when disinfecting! Any chemicals, even those labeled “eco” are harmful to the skin, and if you use them every day, the damage will be quite significant.
We use detergents and cleaners.
All chemical detergents can be divided into three categories:
- bleach – contains sodium hypochlorite;
- contain alcohol;
- contain hydrogen peroxide.
Let’s look at the rules for using each one.
- Bleaches can only be mixed with plain clean water. You need to make a solution: 4 teaspoons of bleach per liter of water. Work only with gloves, because sodium hypochlorite is quite aggressive. The bleach-based solution should not be used to clean carpets and fabric surfaces, as it can ruin the color. It is also important to make sure that the product has not expired.
- Products based on Isopropyl alcohol have excellent disinfectant properties and can be used on all hard surfaces. They are safe for your health, but they can cause dry skin – so don’t forget gloves. The only nuance is that they are easily flammable, so they should not be used near an open source of fire.
- Products that include. hydrogen peroxideHydrogen peroxide, must not be mixed with vinegar, lemon juice or acids. When mixed, a chemical reaction occurs and aggressive acid is released, which makes your eyes water and burns your skin and mucous membranes. Therefore, read the composition carefully before use.
Don’t forget the phone cases and wallets.
It is very important to disinfect the things you bring in from the outdoors on a daily basis: Smartphones and their cases, purses, bags, belt. If they are made of leather, do it as if it were your own skin: that is, carefully, without aggressive chemicals, so as not to damage it. The best option is an alcohol-based antiseptic. Before treating your smartphone, you need to turn it off.
What to do with the packaging?
When you shop, try to leave the packaging outside, don’t take it inside the house. After shopping in the store, you should treat your hands thoroughly with antiseptic, and when you get home, wash your hands, then unpack the products and wash your hands again. With soap, of course.
Which is better: liquid soap or regular soap?
Any soap can be used: believe me, even if it’s a generic bar, you won’t catch the virus from it. That’s why soap is soap, because it immediately pampers germs. Proper hand washing technique is important: at least 20 seconds, with special attention to hard-to-reach areas (under the nails, between the fingers).
Don’t forget to wash your hands using soap-based cosmetics. And to prevent skin dryness from frequent washing, use creams.
And stay healthy!