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It goes without saying that hygiene has been top of mind for us lately, but we’re particularly interested in how we can keep our home clean. Here are our top five tips.

Leave shoes and bags at the door
Do you know what’s on the bottom of your shoes? We don’t either – but we do know that when we wear them indoors, whatever is on the bottom of them is tracked all through the house. Yuck! It’s much more hygienic to leave your shoes – and probably your handbag, too – by the door when you arrive home, and encourage your children to do the same. You may even want to consider going over the school bags with an antibacterial spray.

Regularly clean high traffic areas
It’s obvious that regular cleaning is the best way to keep your home free from nasty germs, but if you cleaned as regularly – and thoroughly – as it would probably take to truly sanitise your home, you wouldn’t have time for much else. Instead, stash disinfectant kits in high traffic areas of your home (we’re talking the kitchen, the car, your family bathroom…) for easy access and regular cleaning. The rest of the house can then be done thoroughly once every week or two.

Clean your tech
Experts say that our smartphones are 10x dirtier than toilet seats, and to be honest, we’re hardly surprised. They go everywhere with us (and we mean everywhere). Kids’ iPads and tablets are no doubt filthy, too. Keeping these high-use items clean doesn’t have to be difficult, and could potentially save you from sickness – all you need to do is hold onto some antibacterial screen wipes, or investigate the swanky new UV sanitisers on the market.

  1. Casetify UV Sanitizer, $112, www.casetify.com 
  2. Moki Screen Wipes, $5.95, www.bigw.com.au
  3. Kogan Smartphone Sanitiser + Charger, $59.99, www.kogan.com

Wash your sheets
Sleeping in fresh sheets doesn’t just feel amazing – it’s also great for keeping nasty germs at bay. We’re not going to tell you how much sweat, dead skin and other grossness is left on our sheets every night (mostly because we don’t want to know ourselves) but we’ll bet it’s enough to justify washing your family’s sheets at least once a week – especially if someone has been sick recently. Same goes for your towels.

Wash your hands
Washing your hands is Hygiene 101, but there is certainly a way to do it properly – and, spoiler alert: it probably isn’t the way you usually do it. Not only should you scrub your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds (tell the kids it’s the duration of nursery rhymes like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb,’ ‘If You’re Happy and You Know it,’ and ‘The Alphabet Song’) but you should thoroughly scrub between all of your fingers and up to your wrists. When you’re finished, use a clean towel to dry them thoroughly. This video from The Wiggles will help illustrate the importance of hand washing to your children.

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