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Five things to sanitise daily

So here we are again. A New Year with a new national lockdown. It all feels very déjà vu. The husband and I are back to our familiar routine of working, home schooling our two kids, eating, sleeping, and living in the confines of our home, but with the bonus of January weather which means no escape for a 5pm Gin in the garden which is what I did during the first lockdown – daily.

And while the light is at the end of the tunnel (vaccine in sight), it’s hard not to feel drained by it all. But if 2020 has taught me anything it’s that there’s a lot of stuff out of our (very clean) hands. So, I’m focusing on small wins. I’m not going to stress over the fact that my daughter’s microphone was on during her live teams and her entire year one class and teacher heard me lose it with my husband over who’s doing more home learning with the kids.  Instead, I’m focusing on small wins that will get me through.

So, in the spirit of small wins, today I won’t talking about cleaning rooms, tidying drawers or time consuming tasks. We are all tired enough. Instead, I will list five things that should be sanitised daily. This will only take 10 minutes but will make you feel like your home is cleaner and safer for you and your family.  All you need is a microfibre cloth and any home cleaning disinfectant in hand.

  1. All doorknobs and light switches – particularly the bathroom doorknobs and switches if you have little ones.
  2. Mobile phones and remote controls – I went down a rabbit hole of how many germ are on our phones that are then transferred onto our faces when we speak. Use a sanitising wipe and give me them a good clean at the end of each day.
  3. Your Keyboard – If you’re working from home, your keyboard is one thing you’re touching for about 8 hours a day and it’s very likely to be the filthiest thing in your home. Start by removing any particles stuck between the keys using an air duster, then use sanitising wipe to give it a good clean.  
  4. All appliance handles taps and kitchen surfaces – Since the kitchen is were all family members gather and possibly the most used room in the house it makes sense that everything receives a good sanitising clean at the end of the day. Think dishwasher, microwave, kettles, coffee machines.
  5. Steering wheel – while we may not be driving anywhere, but if you are doing a quick Waitrose run, best to get into the habit of cleaning that steering wheel after you’ve finished a shop. Keeping a pack sanitising wipes in the car is a quick way to clean after each errand you’ve done (post office, take away pick up, or any other excuse you’ve used to escape the house for a few minutes).