How to disinfect the house from viruses and bacteria

With the threat of the coronavirus present, the volume of information that is reaching us daily is more and more, which is why society is becoming aware of everything that the disease entails. However, there is still a certain lack of knowledge about how to avoid the spread of the virus, that is, what are the most effective methods to avoid getting COVID-19.

How to disinfect the house from viruses and bacteria – tips

There is no single way to know how to clean the house of viruses and bacteria. The variety of methods and products that you can use is wide, therefore, at OneHOWTO, we want to provide you with as many alternatives as possible so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs, as well as some useful tips to disinfect the house :

  • Vinegar with hydrogen peroxide as a household disinfectant.
  • Eucalyptus oil as a natural remedy to disinfect the house.
  • Properties of bicarbonate to eliminate viruses and bacteria.
  • Importance of daily room ventilation.
  • Cleaning of furniture and other decorative elements.
  • Washing food and kitchen utensils.
  • Combination of vinegar and lemon as a household disinfectant.
  • Bleach to disinfect the floor of the house.
  • Oil extracted from the tea tree and hydrogen peroxide.

Vinegar with hydrogen peroxide

Vinegar is a product popularly known as a home remedy to clean, but if you also combine it with hydrogen peroxide, you will get a great disinfectant. Various studies [1] have contrasted the antibacterial power provided by hydrogen peroxide and its disinfectant and antiseptic properties. Therefore, it is ideal for cleaning surfaces susceptible to continuous contact between people to help slow the spread of COVID-19 .

The mixture you need to make to obtain this disinfectant product is as follows: in a container, preferably with a diffuser, combine half a liter of vinegar, 400 ml of water and about 50 ml of hydrogen peroxide. Before use, shake the container and use the diffuser.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is an effective remedy to combat annoying cold symptoms, as long as it is taken under medical supervision. In addition, there are studies [2] that show its disinfecting power, which makes eucalyptus oil an ideal product to make mosquito repellent and help eliminate germs and bacteria from different surfaces.

Its production method consists of adding 150 ml of eucalyptus oil for each liter of water and mixing both components, stirring them thoroughly before the first use. You must bear in mind that it is not a remedy to prevent diseases, but it is a product that can help you keep germs in your home at bay and infuse your home with a sweet and pleasant aroma.

How to disinfect the house from viruses and bacteria - Eucalyptus oil

How to disinfect with baking soda

Studies [3] confirm the disinfecting power of bicarbonate applicable to the home, an excellent property to eliminate viruses and bacteria from various surfaces and objects. It is a natural, economical and effective resource with which you will also be able to eliminate bad smells and repel insects.

From unCOMO we recommend that you use bicarbonate to clean ovens and pipes, as they are one of the most difficult areas to disinfect completely. In this other oneHOWTO article we explain in detail how to clean the oven with bicarbonate , however, we advise you to also learn how to clean different areas of the house with bicarbonate and vinegar , as it is a most effective combination .

Daily ventilation of the rooms

To increase the chances of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, it is necessary that you ventilate all the rooms in your house . This is especially important if there are sick people in the home; in these cases, it will be essential to move the patient to another space and air the mattresses, cushions, sheets and pillows for a minimum of one hour.

If you want to learn how to disinfect a mattress in detail to eliminate all the germs from said piece, be sure to visit this other oneHOWTO article.

Furniture and decoration cleaning

It is also important to maintain proper hygiene of all furniture and decorative elements in the house. Disinfect with a damp cloth and the use of an all-purpose cleaner. Run the cloth with special care over the doorknobs, doorknobs, toys and switches in your home and don’t forget objects in constant use such as the computer keyboard or the television remote.

Food and kitchen utensils

Continuous hand washing will be useless if you do not do the same with food and instruments used for cooking, since there is also a risk of contagion with the contact of these elements. It is also essential to wash cloths and other objects that you can share with other family members at home, especially if one of the members is sick or in poor health.

Take a look at this article on How to sanitize vegetables and do not forget to use specific cleaning products to also eliminate bacteria from your kitchen utensils.

How to disinfect the house from viruses and bacteria - Food and kitchen utensils

Vinegar and lemon to disinfect

The vinegar and lemon mixture acts as a powerful disinfectant, so by combining these ingredients with water in a bottle, you will have a homemade product to eliminate viruses and bacteria at home in a simple way . All you have to do is moisten a cloth with the mixture and wipe it around the areas of the home that you want to disinfect.

Bleach to disinfect floors

Another chemical product with which you will be able to disinfect any room is bleach. Its chemical principle, sodium hypochlorite, contains chlorine, which makes this product an inexpensive oxidant that is available to everyone.

To find out how to disinfect a house with bleach , in OneHOWTO we give you the following advice: add a couple of jets of the product to a bucket full of water and use the resulting mixture to clean the floors. Not only will you disinfect them quickly, but you will also be able to eliminate bad odors.

Tea tree essential oil and hydrogen peroxide

Tea tree oil, mixed with hydrogen peroxide, is another product to consider if you wonder how to disinfect your home from viruses and bacteria . And the fact is that there are many studies [4] that confirm its antibacterial and antioxidant power, giving it efficiency to clean surfaces and, consequently, prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses and diseases.

10 drops of oil extracted from the tea tree, a couple of jets of hydrogen peroxide, 750 ml of water, two tablespoons of lemon juice and a bottle with a diffuser is all you will need to make the product. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl and shake well before each use. From UNCOMO we recommend that you let the product act for 30 minutes before rinsing the disinfected surface with warm water.

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