Disinfection is one of the best ways to fight the novel coronavirus, but the irony is that we tend to overlook sanitizing those areas that we are in contact with the most. The Centers of Disease Control calls these “high touch surfaces” and this includes doorknobs, light switches, drawer handles, appliance hands, desks, tables, hard backed chairs, toilets and sinks. It is important to be vigilant about this during the corona virus epidemic

Ironically, some of the most contaminated spots in our homes are the ones that are the most overlooked. For instance –

Sponges – Why is it that we always forget to clean what we clean with?  A 2017 study found that sponges are dirtier than the toilet bowl, and capable of carrying all kinds of bacteria and virues. To sanitize your sponges rinse them in one part bleach to nine parts water and then microwave them in a bowl for 30 seconds. Even better yet, throw out all sponges and cleaning cloths after you have used them for about a week.

Appliance door handles – The refrigerator door handle, oven handle and especially the microwave handle will all need cleaning. If any of your appliances has a touch pad, then it will also need disinfecting with bleach or a sanitizer.

Glasses – If you wear glasses, odds are that you are touching your face more often than is desirable. Be sure to wipe down your frames with a disinfecting wipe or a cloth dampened with 60% alcohol sanitizer

Toothbrush holders – It is probably a good idea to pack away your toothbrush in a sanitized plastic case to avoid picking up viruses, like covid-19 or bacteria or even store it outside your bathroom during the Covid-19 pandemic as the bathroom is a likely source of aerosolized contaminants from the flushing of the toilet and showering.

Showerheads – Bacteria found in showerheads can lead to an increased risk of respiratory illness according to a study done by the American Society for Microbiology. The best way to clean your showerhead is to tie a plastic bag filled with bleach to the head of the faucet and leave it to soak overnight.

Laundry baskets – After each time you use a laundry basket you should give it a thorough wipe down with disinfectant wipe or spray, especially if you have been taking care of someone with symptoms of the coronavirus.

Cellphones –  Cell phones are among the most germ-laden items that we own. A study from the University of Arizona is telling us that they carry ten times more bacteria than most toilet seats. A D-Scout study discussed on Network World says that people touch their cellphones at least 2,617 times a day. To clean your phone, shut it off use a non-abrasive, or alcohol based disinfectant on a soft cloth and wipe it down entirely. Be careful not to get it too wet and wipe it dry when you are done.

Keyboards and Mouses – Like your cell phone, your keyboards and mouse are touched thousands of times a day and can become very filthy. Shut off your computer, unplug it and clean it with a disinfectant wipe or cloth with alcohol sanitizer.

There are many different ways to counteract the coronavirus and ways to prevent it from spreading. If you have a compromised immune system you might want to consult with Dr. Rahman or one of the other natural health experts at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre about your particular situation. Feel free to contact us here at our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services. We also offer health services t on the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website including acupuncture for stress, natural cleanses, anti-aging therapies, Toronto weight loss, iv vitamin drip therapy, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, infrared blood analysis and more.

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