We all know it’s important to clean your house and disinfect the places that gather the most germs. Like your kids toys. And your bathroom. But with all the talk of spreading germs, here’s a few tips on what areas and items are important.

What to Buy:

To disinfect your house, you’ll want to purchase a disinfecting spray or wipes. According to experts, using a paper towel is better than using a sponge if you choose a spray, due to being used once and then thrown away. Wipes are the same, though when we let the surface dry after we wipe things down, we give it more time to disinfect effectively.

If you prefer to use homemade cleaners to avoid chemicals, use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. (Just don’t mix these!) You can also mix three teaspoons of bleach per 1 gallon of water – but don’t pair with ammonia or vinegar. With any of these, you may want to spot test the area you are cleaning to make sure it doesn’t discolor it.

What to Clean:

You don’t have to panic and scrub every inch of your home.  Think about the things you touch the most – the remote, your phones, your computer. These are the biggest places that germs collect, due to the amount of people who touch them.

Weirdly, the bathroom isn’t the first place we’re instructed to clean. It’s the kitchen sink is that’s the culprit. Use a disinfectant to wipe it down, and hit the kitchen table while you’re at it. With the amount of hands and food and groceries being brought into the kitchen, it can become a gathering place for germs.  The bathroom is important too, for similar reasons, but we’re normally more aware of the need to clean it.

Last but not least, wash your sheets, towels… and teddy bears. Stuffed animals get carried everywhere and can be a breeding ground for germs. If you can’t wash them, put them away for a few days to let any viruses die off.  If one of your kids is sick, give them a separate towel.


We hope this helps you keep your house clean, and know what actually needs your attention to disinfect. We’d shake your hand to congratulate you, but then you’d have to wash them again! As always, if you or someone you love is looking for a new home and is in need of a lender, we’d love to meet them!



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