How to Keep COVID-19 Out of Your Home (4 Steps)

Last updated on October 8, 2020

Here’s how to keep the virus away from your home. We cover the essential 4 keys you have to follow. Read on!

Most of us are very concerned about protecting ourselves from COVID19 while outdoors but overlook the fact this virus could make its way onto surfaces in our homes. All it takes is for you to touch a surface contaminated with COVID19 while outdoors and come home without washing your hands. Even if you’re wearing a mask and don’t touch your face, you might have transferred the virus onto your doorknobs or light switches. Thankfully, there are several things that you can do to COVID19-proof your home and ensure that it’s a safe haven for you and your family during this pandemic. 

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Hand Sanitizer at the Front Door

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Businesses use contact-free hand sanitizer dispensers to protect their customers, and you can take a leaf out of their book. Placing hand sanitizer right there at your front door means that you won’t enter your house without first cleaning your hands. While hand sanitizer may not be quite as effective as thorough hand-washing, having it at the entrance to your home allows you to clean up your hands before you go through to the kitchen or bathroom to wash them properly, decreasing your chance of transferring the virus onto surfaces along the way. 

Clean Frequently Touched Surfaces

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Some surfaces in your home tend to be touched more than others. These include items like doorknobs and light switches that multiple members of the family might use every day. And they also tend to be items that are overlooked as you go about your daily cleaning routine. At least once a day, wipe down doorknobs and handles, light switches, and any other frequented surfaces in your home with a good disinfectant. Don’t forget your front door handle, too. 

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Keep the Floors Clean

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You might not think about the floors since you don’t normally touch them with your hands but there is a chance that you could bring the virus in on your shoes. And if you have kids or pets at home that are regularly close to or on the floor, this could increase the risk of infection. Keeping the floors cleaned with a good disinfectant each time you come in from outside will ensure that any virus particles are killed off. 

Wash Clothes

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Brushing against contaminated surfaces with your clothing while you’re outside could be a cause of bringing the virus into your home, so it’s good practice to put your clothing in the wash immediately after returning home and changing into a new, clean outfit – especially if you have had to go somewhere that might have a higher risk of infection, such as a hospital or doctor’s clinic. 

As the winter months draw in and the risk of coronavirus is once again on the rise, it’s more important than ever to keep your home and your family safe from the potentially deadly virus. By being mindful of what you touch in your home after going outdoors, keeping your hands clean, and disinfecting your living spaces regularly, you can keep your home virus-free. 

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