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Cleanliness is Godliness and that is more relevant now than ever before. COVID-19 has affected over 100-million people around the world, with many countries facing second-waves as they wait for vaccine rollouts to begin. The virus spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These can be inhaled by others or it can be left on surfaces where the virus can live for days. From levelling up your handwashing stations to clean-down routines for the family here are our top tips for keeping any virus at bay.
You are going to have to level up your hand-washing stations. Make sure you have handwash or soap handy at all your taps in and around the house. It is recommended that we wash our hands for 20 seconds with any soap. It does not have to be anti-bacterial. Supply paper towels or hand towels that can be used to dry hands off with. Have a small laundry hamper for dirty towels or a bin for used paper towels.
Make sure these handwashing stations are regularly cleaned. Keep alcohol wipes nearby to wipe faucets down regularly.
Focus on cleaning areas that have a lot of traffic like doorknobs and handles, TV remotes, light switches etc. Make sure there is hand sanitizer in these areas. If you are using hand sanitizer, remember that it needs to have at least 60% alcohol to be effective against the Corona Virus.
It’s a good idea to double up this time around, especially after visiting the shops when having to go out of your house for other essentials. Use soap and water to clean surfaces. This removes dirt and germs but does not necessarily kill them. Preferably use a disinfectant after cleaning to kill germs.
It’s a good idea to start a new sanitizing routine for when you or family members get home. As soon as you get home remove your shoes at the door and outer clothing close to a laundry bin so that it can go straight to the wash. After that, it is a good idea to wash hands or even jump in the shower. The Corona Virus is said to attach itself to hair and clothes as well.
Take care when carrying in your grocery bags. It is advised to remove as much packaging as you can. Wash your hands after handling anything from the grocery store.
As mentioned above, you can get COVID-19 from it being on your clothes. If you may have been exposed to the virus you should wash your clothes immediately. You should choose the hottest setting that your clothes can handle and if possible give it a tumble dry afterwards.
The heat is a great friend when combatting any germ or virus. Once you have handled the laundry, it is also recommended that you follow your handwashing and sanitizing routine to ensure your hands are as clean as it can be.
Don’t forget to get the kids in on the daily routines. Let them choose a handsoap they like, sing a favourite song or cite their favourite poem for twenty seconds and make sure the basin is easy to reach if you have littles.
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Keeping your home organised doesn’t have to be stressful. With our top ten hacks, you’ll have everything in place to ensure that being neat and tidy is actually quick and easy.
1. Upcycle cereal boxes for neat storage
This is good fun if you love DIY craft projects. It’s also incredibly easy to do. Cut and cover some boxes in any way you like, and you have immediate storage for papers, mail and magazines.
Storage is vital to keeping your home organised. Without adequate space for everything to be put away, you won’t be able to keep rooms looking neat. We love clear plastic boxes that are stackable – they don’t take up too much space and you can see what’s inside.
2. Stackable plastic boxes for all rooms
3. Label everything
If everything needs to have a place and get put away in that place, then labels will help ensure that it happens. We suggest making beautiful stickers or getting chalkboard paint for cupboards, drawers and boxes. This also works for coat pegs or key hooks.
4. Hang your keys
Create a little space by the front door where you can put up some hooks. This will keep your house and car keys neat, and easy to access.
5. Have a space for things at your front door
Along with your key hooks, make some room for other items that are needed by the front door. A traditional coat cupboard for bags, shoes and jackets is perfect. Also think about having a stand for umbrellas.
6. Colour code your family
Need to keep your children’s homework separate from the mail and household paperwork? What about everyone’s packed lunches for the next day? By giving each family member a colour, you’ll be able to see what belongs to whom at a glance.
7. Open bed bases give you more storage space
It’s that vital word again – storage. By going for beds that have open bases or even drawers underneath, you gain a lot of extra space. Bed raisers are also great tools to use if you don’t want to buy new beds.
8. Keep “random stuff” baskets
Place baskets in the rooms where your family hangs out so that they can dump things they’ve finished with, like toys or blankets, into them. Then, when the baskets are full, someone can go around the house putting things away.
This prevents rooms from becoming cluttered but you also don’t have to run around putting things away all day.
9. Store your toiletries in containers
Things lying around loose on shelves or the side of the sink will make your bathroom feel untidy. Rather get some nice containers to keep everything in one place, or store like items together.
10. Hang your jewellery on the walls
Instead of hiding it away in a box so you don’t know what you have, it can be really nice to have earrings and necklaces hanging up on display. However, this can get a little messy. If you put up some hooks or display frames, you’ll be making art out of your jewellery.Read More
There is a big move to get away from harsh chemicals and detergents in the home these days. So many of cleaning products are full of things that are actually dangerous if used too much or don’t ventilate the room properly when used them. This is why we’ve found some great homemade recipes for cleaning products that are kind to us and really work in the home.
For windows and mirrors
Glass cleaner is quite easy to make and with this solution you can put it in a spray bottle making it convenient to use. It’s a simple mixture of water, strong vinegar and rubbing alcohol to cut through grease.
For degreasing your kitchen
You kitchen is one of the most important rooms to ensure gets cleaned thoroughly. You may be a bit hesitant to forego the store-bought disinfectant you’re used to, but the recipe we’ve found really works to clean the whole room.
Making your own laundry detergent might take a bit of elbow grease, but it turns out to be incredibly cost effective. This recipe is also very kind to your clothes and has health benefits for your whole family.Laundry detergent