Cleaning Tips to Help Keep You and Your Loved Ones Safe

By Abby Henry Singh March 26, 2020Pearls of Wisdom Blog
For more information related to coronavirus (COVID-19), visit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)’s Coronavirus Resources page.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is here to help. We’ve put together guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other tips to help caregivers and families keep their homes clean and healthy. Remember, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best ways to help protect yourself and others from the virus that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and any virus for that matter.

1) Brush up on cleaning vs. disinfecting. Cleaning refers to removing germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Disinfecting means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.

2) Always follow product directions. Keep all cleaning products out of reach of children and pets. Open windows and doors while cleaning or run a fan to let out strong fumes from cleaning products. Be sure to check the expiration date, too.

3) Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and objects daily. Think tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, remotes/controllers, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, refrigerator/oven doors, countertops, favorite toys that your child plays with every day, phones, tablets and more. Clean the surface or object with soap and water or another detergent, then use a surface-appropriate household disinfectant. Learn more.

4) Get organized. Download a free chore chart from LLS at www.LLS.org/caregiverworkbook to stay on top of your cleaning routine. Remember, cleaning a little bit every day goes a long way!

5) Wear disposable gloves while you clean and disinfect. If you wear reusable gloves, make sure these are dedicated for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces only. No gloves? Wash your hands before and after cleaning.

6) Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.

7) Take extra care if you or a loved one has COVID-19. The CDC provides recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting your household here.

8) Be mindful of handling packages. While the CDC says the risk of infection from delivered packages is very low, consider taking extra precautions if you or a loved one is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Leave packages outside for a day or opt for “no-contact” drop-offs if possible. Open essential packages outside of the home, dispose of the outer packaging and wash your hands immediately after handling.

9) Stay safe on laundry day. Avoid shaking dirty laundry, use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. Learn more from the CDC here. Opt for fragrance-free detergents as patients undergoing chemotherapy might be sensitive to strong smells.

10) Wash your hands, counter and other surfaces you’ve touched before and after putting away groceries. Many grocery stores or vendors are offering delivery options, including no-contact drop-offs.

Finally, if cleaning supplies are limited in your area, use common sense in terms of how frequently you need to use them. Thorough hand washing with soap and water is most critical. You can also clean your house with diluted bleach or alcohol solutions. Consider calling your local pharmacies and grocery stores to let them know you have special needs as a caregiver for an immunocompromised patient and ask them to alert you as soon as new supplies come in. Many online suppliers also have auto-notification options to inform you when supplies are back in stock.

This blog post is based on an original post on The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) blog. The content was modified for the PearlPoint Nutrition Services® blog. PearlPoint Nutrition Services® is a program of LLS.

 

 

Abby Henry Singh

Author Abby Henry Singh

Manger Content, Outreach, and Outcomes Abby Henry Singh is a native of Sevierville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in English and history. She has been a member of PearlPoint Cancer Support for over 5 years. Previously, Singh was the Program and Outreach Manger for the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter where she worked to raise disease awareness and support those diagnosed with the disease through educational programs. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Belmont English alumni book club.

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