One year in and we’re still fighting COVID-19, which makes spring cleaning more important than ever in 2021. Besides getting rid of hidden dust mites and mold spores, a deep cleaning can also help protect you and your family against viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can help lower the chances that you or someone you love gets sick, so to help keep you safe and healthy, we’ve compiled some tips for this year’s spring cleaning:

Don’t Just Clean… Disinfect!

Wiping the dust and grime from surfaces is great, but it’s not enough this year. After you do a deep clean, you also need to disinfect with products that’ll kill both viruses and bacteria.

Use the Proper Cleaning Products

There are many products you can use to help protect against COVID-19, including some common household items like hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, and even certain toilet bowl cleaners. Bleach also works great for hard, non-porous surfaces. If you want to avoid harsh chemicals, or just prefer green cleaning products, there are other alternatives listed in this guide discussing baby-friendly cleaning products.

Wipe Down Windows and Blinds

These are often forgotten areas. And there are plenty of others. Hit all surfaces because removing grime and getting rid of dust mites and mold spores can help lead to better respiratory health.

Declutter

Take a good look around your home and clear out items that are simply collecting dust. If you have major clutter to tackle, and can’t bear to part with your belongings just yet, consider using a PODS container. Your portable container can be kept just steps away on your property or at a secure PODS Storage Center in your area. PODS provides contactless delivery and pick-up, and you load your own container, so you don’t have to worry about someone else touching your belongings or coming close to you or your family.

Rinse and Repeat

The CDC recommends regularly cleaning and disinfecting areas of your home which are touched frequently. In fact, you should do so three times a day if someone in your house is sick. These include kitchen and bathroom counters, light switches, doorknobs, faucets, toilets, and electronics.

No matter what spring deep cleaning tasks you decide to take on this year, don’t try to do them all at once. Instead, break tasks up into manageable chunks, so you don’t get overwhelmed.

For more spring cleaning tips, visit Containing the Chaos: A Blog by PODS.

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