Cleaning And Hygiene Tips To Help Keep The COVID-19 Virus Out Of Your Home

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Cleaning And Hygiene Tips To Help Keep The COVID-19 Virus Out Of Your Home

Written By Mariam Novak / Reviewed By Ray Spotts

Did you know that coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can stay on surfaces for hours or days? That’s right. So, it’s not really surprising how COVID-19 can quickly spread and infect many people. Once the virus finds its way to a household, the chances of the entire family getting sick are incredibly high.

Thankfully, there are simple things we can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our family from this life-threatening infection. These include cleaning and disinfecting our homes, particularly the high-touch surfaces. Check out these cleaning and hygiene tips to help keep your family safe from COVID-19:

Maintain Personal Hygiene

Handwashing is one of the simplest things we can do to fight COVID-19 and other infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), washing our hands with soap and water can lower respiratory infections by 16%.

It can also help prevent a million deaths every year. Both the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend that you wash your hands as frequently as possible with soap and water. Wash your hands for 20 seconds to kill dirt, viruses, and bacteria.

Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces

Cleaning and disinfecting your home should be done every day and when someone is sick, according to the CDC. Generally, cleaning alone can eliminate most viruses on surfaces. Use a household cleaner that contains soap and detergent.

You also want to disinfect your home - particularly the high-touched surfaces - especially if someone in your home is sick or has an infection.

Here's how to properly clean surfaces at home:

  • Focus on high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, handles, light switches, tables, and countertops.
  • Clean them daily, and after you have visitors.
  • Clean surfaces using a product suitable for them. Follow the cleaning instructions on the label. Place disinfecting sprays near these areas so you can conveniently clean surfaces whenever needed.

Don’t Touch Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth

Another step you can take to prevent infections is to keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth unless they are clean. Why? Because they serve as "portals" or entry points of viruses that cause respiratory infections, including those that cause COVID-19.

Respiratory infections can spread through droplets in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. When we touch people who are sick, as well as contaminated surfaces, we also make ourselves susceptible to viruses. Resist touching your face. Only do so after washing and sanitizing your hands.

Wash Bedsheets and Towels Often

Usually, you’d wash your bedsheets once a week. When it comes to towels, health experts recommend washing them after every three uses. But considering that it’s pandemic, you want to wash them as often as possible.

Daily washing is ideal but it’s fine if you do it every after a couple of days. You can reduce the spread of germs, viruses, and bacteria by practicing proper hygiene before going to bed.

Make sure to air-dry your towel after each use as germs thrive in moist environments. Don’t forget your kitchen towels. Reusable napkins should be regularly washed and air-dried.

Handle Food With Extra Care

It’s unlikely that a person will get infected by COVID-19 through food. However, we should continue to observe the proper handling of food and water.

Cook food based on the recommended cooking temperatures and store leftovers properly. Don’t eat food straight from the fridge. They should be reheated to kill bacteria. Lastly, make sure your utensils are clean and sanitized.

Sterilize Children’s Toys, Bottles, and Utensils

People of all ages can be infected by coronavirus. If you have little kids at home you want to take extra precautions.

An effective way to protect them from viral infections is to sterilize their utensils and disinfect their toys. Since most children are in the habit of touching their faces or putting everything in their mouths, they are more prone to infections.

Here are some tips to keep your child’s toys COVID-free:

  • If a toy is dishwasher safe, you'll spare yourself time and energy. Simply toss it in the top rack to avoid melting and mangling.
  • Wipe down board books and wooden blocks and air-dry them.
  • Books with hardcovers can be disinfected using wipes. Consider disposing of items that are already tattered and dusty.
  • Most stuffed toys, loveys, and cloth books can be cleaned in the washing machine. You can tie the items inside a lingerie bag to protect them from possible damage.

Alternatively, you can soak them in mild soap water, rinse well, and air-dry completely. Make sure these toys don't have electronics or battery packs inside.

  • For electronics such as tablets, follow the manufacturer's guide on cleaning or disinfecting them.


As the pandemic continues, the more we have to take home cleaning seriously. Keeping our surroundings clean is the best way to protect our loved ones from the dangers of COVID-19.

However, sometimes house cleaning can be a little chaotic, causing panic and anxiety. By taking measures to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria, you can have peace of mind. Start by observing proper hygiene. Encourage everyone at home to wash their hands properly, use sanitizers, and avoid touching their faces.

Cleaning should be done regularly, and high-touched surfaces need to be disinfected. Tackle one area at a time and clean them accordingly. Compartmentalize your cleaning approach and sanitize your home to keep the COVID-19 virus out of your home.

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Mariam Novak is a Hygiene Specialist working with SONO Healthcare. She has been interested in health and cleaning issues since she was young and wants to share her knowledge and experience with others who are not indifferent to cleanup. Mariam is deeply convinced that house cleaning is a critical part of hygiene. On a regular basis, she delivers new cleaning expert advice on how to treat products, tools, and different items which sometimes include medical instruments and equipment as well.

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Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed , a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at . 

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After childhood burn injuries led to leg amputations, Miranda Wise learned to move around on her knees. Now she's walking.

Standing strong

Something whispered to Marian Mathis on March 1, 1986, as she visited the K-Mart in Kentwood, Michigan.

Maybe maternal instinct. Maybe a source more divine. But something.

“A voice spoke to me,” Marian said. “‘Your baby’s about to be set on fire.’ I turned to the right. There was no one standing there.”

She rushed in fear to her southeast Grand Rapids home.

“I had a feeling what was said to me in the store was true,” she said. “When I went to the front door, I could see my kitchen.”

She saw her adult family member, who had been caring for her children while she was away, standing at the kitchen sink holding her 6-week-old daughter, Miranda.

“He had both sinks filled with lukewarm water,” Marian said. “When he found her, she was already burning.

“My 5-year-old daughter, Ataya, was angry with my (family member) because he wouldn’t give her potato chips. She happened to find a lighter. She flicked it and placed it on the baby’s leg. The baby started screaming and crying.”

The relative had spotted the orange glow through the crack of the bedroom door. He ran in and scooped up Miranda and patted out the flames.

“She was burned from the waist down, black as the street,” she said. “Her diaper, her nightgown had all sunk into her flesh.”

Marian called 911. An ambulance rushed Miranda to the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital emergency department, then to the Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital burn unit.

“Two doctors and four nurses with a gurney were waiting for us,” she said. “They took her straight upstairs, sedated her and peeled some of the burn off her.”

Doctors told Miranda her baby might not make it.

“My mom said, ‘Grab hands and start praying,'” she recalled.

The prayers worked. Miranda survived.

“She never gave up,” Marian said. “She always stayed strong. I stuck right there with her. We have been pinky-to-pinky, every day.”

Walking on her knees

Life wasn’t easy, but Miranda persevered.

“I got teased in kindergarten,” said Miranda Wise, now 34. “The teacher used to hug me all the time and rock me to sleep. I remember feeling pain in the back part of my legs a lot where the scar tissue was.”

She developed ulcers in both burned legs. Her nerve endings began to cause problems.

On March 6, 1995, her life changed forever. Again.

“They amputated both legs below the knees,” Miranda said. “My nerve ends started messing with me and they weren’t able to grow with the rest of my body. I saw my mom cry a lot, but I didn’t want to see her sad. She didn’t want me to be confined to a wheelchair.”

The emotion motivated Miranda, then 9, to do the seemingly impossible: She learned to walk on her knees.

Painful? For sure. Almost unbearable pain.

“It was like somebody was cutting my knees open,” she said. “But I wanted to be mobile. I didn’t just want to sit in a wheelchair. Sometimes they went numb, but I guess that was a good thing. It got better over time.”

Over the years, Miranda tried several sets of prosthetics without positive results. They rubbed scar tissue open and caused pain. More pain than walking on her knees.

“When I was about 13 or 14 I had depression and it really got to me,” she said. “I had a lot of mood swings.”

Golden opportunity

Miranda’s brother, Mackenzie, a McDonald’s employee at the time, helped her life arch upward, golden-like.

“He said, ‘Hey sis, I want to help you with something, come work with me,’” Miranda said. “I got hired in two hours.”

Promoted to manager at age 19 at the Leonard and Fuller McDonald’s on the northeast side of Grand Rapids, she discovered purpose and drive.

She walked on her knees behind the counter and used a step stool to reach the counter and other high items.

“It helped me through depression,” she said. “As time went on, it got better. I had a child at age 25. Zah-kari is my baby, my honey. He’s 8 now. He has autism. He completely changed my life. I sing to him every single day.”

Eventually, Miranda moved to the Michigan Street McDonald’s in Grand Rapids, where she continued to walk on her knees.

First steps

But after all the tenacity, the determination and getting around on her knees, Miranda faced another foe—infection in her amputation area. And pain greater than any she’s ever known.

She tried to tough it out, but the inflammation, infection and pain continued.

On June 18, 2020, Spectrum Health surgeons performed a left above-knee amputation.

As autumn approached, Miranda got fitted for prosthetics for both legs.

“It makes me sad but at the same time, I’m realizing it’s for a good reason,” she said. “It’s a pretty exciting time.”

With the help of Spectrum Health physical therapy, she’s learning to adjust to her new gear and means of mobility.

“My legs hurt because I’m not used to walking,” she said. “It’s been 25 years since I stood to walk. It’s painful, but I’m OK with it.”

Just as Miranda’s motivation inspires her mom, her mom inspires her.

“Walking is something I’ve always wanted to see myself do,” Miranda said. “My mom has been stressed with me not walking. I’ve done all this for her all these years. I want to see her smile. I don’t want to see my mom cry. I want to see her smile.”

When Miranda took her first steps a few months ago, her mom’s face said it all.

“I had tears in my eyes because she was actually smiling,” Miranda said.

Miranda continues physical therapy with Spectrum Health twice a week, focusing on balance, range of motion, flexibility and strengthening.

Spectrum Health physical therapist Jennifer Welsman said she’s also incorporated desensitization and massage techniques to help address pain and phantom sensation related to the amputations.

“We do weight-bearing exercises and teach her how to use (prosthetics), including how to put them on, take them off and how to walk in them,” Welsman said.

Miranda’s enthusiasm has been inspiring, she said.

“She was always eager to try something new in order to work toward her ultimate goal of walking in prosthetic legs,” Welsman said. “She has such a positive outlook both in rehab and her daily life.

“She has great motivation and a desire to make the most of everything she is handed,” she said. “It is truly inspiring to watch her progress through therapy and her willingness to take on any challenge.”

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