It’s just like Mary Poppins taught us: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – snap! – the job’s a game.”
Maybe these words won’t make you jump for joy at scrubbing your toilet, but cleaning your home can be just as exciting as having your home clean. With a little bit of luck, for example, you can discover things you didn’t even remember you had. I mean, just look at the treasures people who have already begun their spring cleaning have found within their four walls. From a Blockbuster membership card to an old Game Boy Advance, these antiques definitely made their chores worthwhile.
It’s a good idea to keep your home healthy during the coronavirus crisis. For starters, understand there’s a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. According to Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., regional medical director at One Medical, “Cleaning is the removal of germs or dirt from the surface. This doesn’t kill pathogens, it often just wipes them away—but it still lowers the spread of infection.” Think vacuuming carpets, mopping floors, wiping countertops, dusting, etc.
Disinfection, on the other hand, is something more ruthless. It’s the using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. “Use CDC-approved disinfectants to target surfaces that have an increased amount of contacts such as doorknobs, handles, light switches, remotes, toilets, desks, chairs, sinks, and countertops,” Dr. Bhuyan told Shape.
“The coronavirus is effectively destroyed by almost any household cleaner or simple soap and water,” said Zimmerman, Daniel Zimmerman, Ph.D., senior vice president of research of cellular immunology at biotechnology company CEL-SCI Corporation. There are, however, a few materials the government is recommending specifically for the coronavirus pandemic. For example, the EPA released a list of recommended disinfectants to use against the novel coronavirus. But “pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions on how long the product should remain on the surface,” Dr. Bhuyan said.
#3 My wife found a small fortune in the basement today. We donated them to our local hospital.
Dr. Bhuyan also added it can be a good idea to have a look at the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Center for Biocide Chemistries’ (CBC) list of cleaning supplies to fight the coronavirus, in addition to the CDC’s home cleaning guide.
Some essentials to include in your coronavirus cleaning list are Clorox bleach; Lysol sprays and toilet bowl cleaners, and Purell disinfectant wipes.
#4 Found the newspaper that announced Elizabeth as Queen
#5 Quarantine cleaning the garage and I hit the jackpot!
#6 Found while cleaning, seems extra relevant these days
#8 Was cleaning out a closet and found these Uno cards that are water resistant
#9 Cleaning my attic during quarantine. Found all my past mobile phones starting with beeper oc
#12 Moved back in with my parents and am helping my Dad clean the shed. Forgot these were in there. That’s the quarantine entertainment sorted, smegheads!
#13 This map I found while cleaning up!
#15 This Map from 1941 I found cleaning my grandpas room.
#17 My dad found these tickets while quarantine cleaning
#18 Look what I found while doing some spring cleaning. Original Star Wars figures from 1980.
#19 Quarantine Cleaning – found my very first bra (it’s the napkin on the bottom)
#20 Found this while cleaning. Hi, Dad. Miss you
#22 Found while clearing yard. Weighs about 6 lbs. It looks like a MK 1 shrapnel round. WWI projectile made by the French, and used by allies.
#23 While cleaning out my attic I found out that Bruce Willis also had an early music career
#25 This old box of straight razors I found cleaning out the basement
#26 Since we’re all stuck in the house, my family finally had a chance to do some spring cleaning. Cleaned so deep that we unearthed some cans of food leftover from the Y2K scare. Behold, 20 year-old dehydrated broccoli.
#28 I’m in the middle of renovating my partially finished basement. I found a stash of og Fluke multimeters behind a wall. All of them work save 5 and most are brand new. Originally these would’ve been worth between $5-6k.
#30 Today’s #quaranclean find
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