Yes, we’re all going a little crazy right now and morphing into mini germaphobes before our very eyes.
I like to think I had done a great job of disinfecting, until I started reading other people’s lists…lots of things were popping up on there that I never would have thought of. But basically, anything your hands touch should be cleaned, at least once, until this whole nightmare is over.
Researchers now know that the virus can live on surfaces like metal, plastic, and glass for up to a week, and on that cruise ship they even found traces of the virus after 17 days! So even if you disinfected in the beginning of your quarantine, here are a few more places you may have forgotten. I didn’t include obvious ones like tables and counters because duh. But if any of the below items weren’t on your list, it’s not too late to give them a clean sweep!
:: 35 Things You Forgot to Disinfect ::
- Coffee pot handle or top and touch button menu
- Inside fridge drawer handles and veggie drawers
- Dishwasher handle and touch buttons
- Scissors (usually we use these and put them back in the drawer without washing, right?)
- Can opener/any other appliance you generally use and just put back without washing
- Corkscrew handle/Wine opener
- Tea kettle handle
- Bedside light switches
- Backs of chairs
- Hand railings on stairs
- Window latches
- Curtain pulls
- Vacuum handle, hoses, and inside canister
- Screen door handle
- Phone and computer charger plugs
- AirPods or headphones
- Arms and arm rests of couches and chairs
- Shower door handle or glass door slider
- Shower and tub knobs
- Hair brush/curling iron/hairdryer handles
- Toothbrush/toothpaste tube
- Soap dish
- Medicine cabinet knob
- Top of soap dispenser/pump
- Faucet handle/toilet handle
Clothing & Laundry
- Tops and laces of shoes/ bottom of shoes (when someone coughs or sneezes the virus will fall to the floor and land on top of shoes or on the floor)
- Zippers (on everything! Coats and jackets especially if they are worn in public)
- Purse handles, zippers, and bottom
- Washing machine buttons/dials and lid
- Dryer buttons and lid
- Laundry basket interior and handles
- Keys, keychains, and key cards
- Reusable grocery bags
- Mailbox handle
- Steering wheel/gear shift
- Car door handles (interior & exterior)
- Car push to start button
If you think of any more let me know so I can add them to the list! Sharing knowledge is power these days!
And if all this disinfecting has made your hands flaky and cracked, check out my post on how to fix your dry AF hands. Lots of good tips on there, including this soap that I swear has saved my hands this month.
And one more thing…if you’re sitting home bored and want to browse some great sales going on right now, check out this Quarantine Sales post. Tons of amazing sales, some even better than Black Friday!