Three simple ways to keep your home and little ones a little cleaner with these Hygiene Hacks.
I know, I know – everyone is telling you how to wash your hands and stand on your head, but it’s not that simple to really get the message across when you have small kids, right?
If your kids are anything like mine, keeping clean and germ-free has never been their top priority. Not even close. I’ve fished out coins (coins!) from my daughter’s mouth (she said she was cleaning them), I’ve watched them all ‘wash’ their hands without coming in contact with the running water.
And numerous times, I’ve had to urge (urge!) a child to not lick (lick!) a dodgy surface in a public space… like the Sea Point Promenade railing or a trolley handle. Kids!!
Needless to say, I’ve had to seriously up our family game on the hygiene home front these past few months. Here are my tried-and-tested top 3 HYGIENE HACKS to get your home and little ones a little cleaner…
HYGIENE HACK 1: TEACH KIDS ABOUT HAND WASHING AND MAKE IT FUN
Or even better, get this nice teacher to do it for you! Take some time to really teach your kids why and how to wash their hands. I’m trying to get my kids to need to get in the habit of washing their hands regularly and well.
Especially when their hands are visibly dirty, when they’ve come in from playing outside, just used the bathroom, before eating and after blowing their nose or coughing. That’s a lot of hand washing, so to make it a bit more fun and a little easier, we watched a few different youtube tutorials to become blackbelt master hand washers.
We’ve also added a step ladder in front of our basin so our little ones can properly reach the taps and really wash their hands well, and we’ve invented our own fun song to sing whilst washing our hands.
Our kids have taken to singing, “Happy deathday dear coronavirus…” but yours will hopefully come up with something a little less violent. In any case – a 20-second hand wash is recommended.
HYGIENE HACK 2: GET YOUR FAMILY TO DAB WHEN THEY SNEEZE OR COUGH.
It’s basic etiquette nowadays. Here’s a little tutorial if you need one. Tissues must also be thrown away straight away – not left on any table or surface. And speaking of surfaces…
HYGIENE HACK 3: DISINFECT OFTEN-USED SURFACES REGULARLY.
Your kitchen counter, fridge door, door handles, light switches, and taps… these are all areas in your house most prone to cross-contamination. With that in mind – here’s a simple, effective and affordable homemade disinfectant spray you can use to keep these areas clean and germ-free:
Just dilute 15ml (that’s three teaspoons) of regular bleach into 500ml of water (that’s two cups). Stick this in an empty spray bottle, and bob’s your uncle. By the way, this assumes you’re starting with a 5% bleach concentrate – if not, you’ll need to adjust accordingly.
This spray can even be sprayed onto groceries you’ve bought from the shops and also onto your car’s steering wheels, your wallet, handbag and you’re your hands. After spraying onto surfaces, don’t be too quick to wipe it away. Allow at least 1 minute for the bleach to do its work before wiping off – or just let it air dry.
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