the spread of germs and bacteria. Homes are supposed to be a safe haven, and the best way to keep it safe is to keep it free from contaminants, as much as you can. It is not enough that you just clean your home, in order to kill germs and reduce risks for diseases, you have to sanitize it as well.

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Clean The Kitchen

It is in the kitchen that you prepare your meals, so it should not just be clean, but also disinfected. It is a good practice to use separate chopping boards and storage containers for fresh meat to avoid contamination. After handling meat, clean your sink and counter with disinfectants. You can buy disinfecting wipes or hard surface sanitizers. If they are not available, simply use products with chlorine bleach but that requires rinsing afterward. If you are using a dishwasher, set the water temperature at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or use antibacterial dishwashing soap. If washing manually, washes as usual then soak in a chlorine bleach solution of one tablespoon bleach and one gallon of water.

Sanitize Soft Surfaces

Pillows, bedrooms, and upholstered furniture are the important ones that need to be sanitized. Wash covers according to manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate temperature and dries completely. You can also use non-bleach laundry sanitizer. For non-washable items such as upholstered furniture, mattresses, and pillows, use good phenolic disinfectant spray for it has ingredients that can kill bacteria yet is safe for fabrics. Read the label carefully and follow the instructions for use.

Clean The Floor

Sweep and vacuum hard surface floors thoroughly. Mop it with a good cleaner to get rid of dirt and bacteria. The best way to make it easier to clean your floor is not to wear shoes inside the house. Allot a shoe rack near your door for you to leave worn shoes and change to your indoor slippers each time you come home. For bathrooms, they are easier to disinfect because they can be washed with water, just use appropriate solutions.

Clean The Commonly Touched Surfaces

Areas such as doorknobs, light switches, and faucet handles need special attention as well. These are easily contaminated by dirty hands. There are multi-purpose disinfecting sprays you can buy that can already provide 24-hour protection. Spray just enough for the surface to stay wet for 5 minutes before air drying so you can get the most protection. For remote controls, mouse, and gadgets, you can use alcohol or cleaning wipes.


You can make your own disinfectant by mixing one tablespoon chlorine bleach with one-gallon water. This can be your multipurpose cleaning solution, though it is also best to invest in disinfectant sprays that are safe to use on soft surfaces. Keep in mind that a clean home does not guarantee a germ-free environment. Practicing sanitation is effective in making sure your home is protected.