Extreme Spring Cleaning 2020
Updated: Mar 22
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Spring cleaning has taken on a brand new urgency this year. Because of Covid-19, the prevention guidance from the US Centers for Disease and Prevention and other health authorities encouraged and recommended all of us to do intense washing, dusting, and disinfecting our homes with the knowledge that our lives dramatically depends on it because it is!
Although the novel coronavirus is said to be transmitted through respiratory droplet transmissions like mucus or saliva, it has been noted that you can also get it through touching infected surfaces. These include doorknobs, handles, light switches, or even your mobile phones. Because of this, the CDC recommends a two-step preventive measure: "cleaning the visible dirty surfaces followed by disinfection."
When you follow what the CDC recommends, it means not just a casual dusting up but incorporates it with deep cleaning. Deep cleaning means hunting for dust mites behind the furniture and cabinets, undesirable molds from showerheads and faucets, scrubbing the inside of the ovens, and so much more.
So how would you do spring and deep cleaning altogether? Here are some tips you can do to make your spring cleaning less dreadful, more fun, and much easier.
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1. You have more time in your hands.
Don't worry about getting it all done. You have all the time right now, remember that you are home-quarantined for 30 days. If you are worried about where to start cleaning, then tip #2 is for you.
2. Divide and conquer.
Make a list of all the things you want to scrub, wash, and tidy up. Creating a calendar too will help a lot. Here's an example:
Monday - living room, kitchen, and dining area
Tuesday - pantry and garage
Wednesday - all the bathrooms
Thursday - all the bedrooms
Friday - Do laundry
Saturday - Do vacuum
Sunday - rest
3. Channel in Marie Kondo.
I know you've heard of Marie Kondo; if it doesn't spark joy, it's time to say goodbye. It is also a good thing if you let the kids do it with you.
4. Use disinfectant.
Use disinfectant when scrubbing, washing, or tidying up. But if you are short of disinfectant, you can always DIY. Here's how to do it:
1 cup of water
1 cup of rubbing alcohol
For windows, a mix of equal parts of vinegar and dish soap works, they not only remove grease and dirt, but it also kills odors and won't leave streaks.
Here is also what CDC recommends when cleaning and using disinfectants at home.
1. Wash surfaces with soap and warm, clean water to remove the dirt and debris.
2. Sanitize surfaces with household bleach. When using household bleach, it is best always to read the safety guidelines of the product. Always use appropriate clothes, like gloves, masks, and eye protection.
3. Always use the regular unscented household bleach.
The biggest takeaway here is to not worry about not getting it all done in a day, let the kids join with you in the cleaning, and after washing the surfaces with soap and water, sanitize and wear proper protective clothing.
It is just so timely that the first day of the Spring cleaning season is also the time of Covid-19. We are all home-quarantined, so there is no reason to procrastinate. Now, you have the idea of how to not get bored during this time!
However, if you are looking for ways to use your time wisely during this time, I wrote an article about it where you can read here.
Do you have any tips on how to go about Spring cleaning this season? Share them down below; we'd love to read it!