Spring cleaning in the time of COVID-19: Here’s how to sanitize your home

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It’s time to clean up! Here is a guide to help you keep your home and surroundings clean and virus-free.

General cleaning

Cleaning can be a lot of work. During winter, it can be hard to keep it organized. Here are some tips to make it easier:

  1. Get your family involved and make it enjoyable.
    • Work together as a team.
    • Put on some cheerful music.
    • Have snacks ready for when you take a break.
  2. Use bins to get rid of clutter. Put things in bins that you don’t need right away. This will help you clear out cabinets and shelves.
  3. Clean the shared spaces in the house. This includes the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. Remove any items that are not needed. Use a damp cloth to wipe away dust.

Pay attention to surfaces that are used often

It’s important to clean objects that are touched often. This will help make sure germs are gone. These objects include:

  • Door handles
  • Light switches
  • Faucets
  • Toilet handles
  • Remote controls
  • Phones
  • Computer keyboards
  • Handles on doors
  • Knobs or pulls for cabinets
  1. Use safe products – When you buy products, look for a Drug Identification Number (DIN). This is an 8-digit number given by Health Canada. It means that the product is safe to use and has been approved by the Canadian government.
  2. Follow product directions – Read the instructions on the product carefully. For example, some products need to stay on the surface for a certain amount of time to work. When using products like sprays and bleach, make sure you are in a room with good air flow. Also, it is important to wear gloves to protect your hands.
  3. Use wet cleaning methods – When cleaning, use a wet rag or mop. Do not sweep or dust, as this can cause virus to spread through the air.
  4. Throw away cleaning items correctly – When you are done with mop heads and cloths, put them in a trash can with a liner. If the cleaning items can be used again, wash them with laundry soap and hot water.
  5. Wash your hands – Take off your gloves and throw them away. Then, use soap and water to clean your hands for 20 seconds. Make sure to scrub your hands for the full 20 seconds.
  6. Clean and disinfect often – It’s important to clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often. You can give family members disinfecting wipes. They can use these wipes on their electronics, doorknobs, tables, and other surfaces in their room. This will help keep them safe.

This spring, it’s important to take the time to clean your home. This can help you stay healthy and safe!
Article updated March 23, 2023.
Sources: Cleaning and disinfecting public spaces (COVID-19), Government of Canada; Cleaning and disinfection for households, CDC; and Coronavirus can last on surfaces for days – experts say cleaning is the key, Arti Patel, Global News. Accessed March 31, 2020.

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