We all need to enhance cleaning practices in the time of Coronavirus. Here is a guide for managing and preventing the virus from surviving on your handbag and its contents.
Women’s bags are large accessories that are often placed on unclean floors and surfaces, and exposed to outsiders in high traffic areas whether in the street, office, supermarket, or café. Now more than ever, there is a need to raise awareness and enhance cleaning practices. This article provides the perfect guide for managing in the time of Coronavirus, and preventing it from surviving on your handbag and its contents.
First and foremost, it is highly recommended to use a relatively small handbag to avoid the carrying of unnecessary items. Doing so will also help keep the interior from becoming the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, especially since this is a space that is constantly touched by our hands when getting ahold of our belongings. It’s important to keep your handbag as clean and empty as possible to prevent contamination.
Below you will find different tips for cleaning and disinfecting your handbag contents:
By now, it has become clear that the Coronavirus is capable of surviving on different objects for hours, and even days. Follow these expert guidelines to properly disinfect and clean clothes, jewelry, bags, and shoes.
Note that the measures established to adequately disinfect bags, backpacks, and other similar objects are the same as for the cleaning and disinfecting of clothes. Gloves are necessary if the process is done by hand.
• Wash at high temperatures. It is recommended to use more than 60ºC.
• Use more detergent than usual.
• Do not wash bags at the same time as clothes. The object we wish to wash is irrelevant, the focus is to avoid any excess.
• In the case of suede, fur, and genuine leather handbags, it is recommended to use a wipe moistened with disinfectant solution in a repeated back and forth motion.
Rings, bracelets, and accessories worn close to the hand can be a hiding place for germs. These often get the most exposure to the Coronavirus, and thus hygiene recommendations tend to be greater.
• In the case of rings, it is appropriate to wash and clean them immediately after an outing. You must also make sure to wash your hands afterwards in efforts to maintain hand hygiene.
• Each night, you should make a habit of cleaning all used jewelry to combat the effects of the potential exposure to the virus.
• Jewelry Disinfectant Liquid is also effective.
However, in times like this, the best and safest thing to do is to refrain from using jewelry as it could make it difficult to thoroughly wash your hands and remove germs.
Mobile phone surfaces are a peculiar ‘high-risk’ surface which often comes in contact with the face and mouth. We spend a lot of our time using our phones during the day, yet we tend to forget to disinfect them to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In fact, research has shown that the average mobile phone is 7x dirtier than your toilet. Your device should be cleaned every day and every time you go out.
This is how to clean your phone: It should be turned off, disconnected from the charger, and removed from its cover. The optimum way to clean it requires using disinfectant wipes with alcohol, but the homemade alternative is to use either a cloth or a tissue with alcohol solution: mix 60% water and 40% alcohol.
Leave non-essential items at home in a box near the door, and wash your hands afterwards. Disinfect your keys by spraying 70 proof alcohol on them. Another option (although it takes longer and requires the keys to be taken off the keyring) is to put them in a saucepan with boiling water and a spoonful of salt and bicarbonate for six minutes. Follow up by rinsing the keys with water and allowing them to dry off. This technique is virus-free and also effective in removing traces of rust from them.
There are other ways infection can be transmitted, such as on headphones and earphones. These are used close to key virus entry points into the body: the eyes, mouth, and nose. Aside from carrying dirt and bacteria, earbuds can also increase ear wax build-up and cause further infections.
It is highly recommended to clean headphones with a soapy or disinfectant wipe after an outing to avoid contamination. The rubber parts can usually be removed and cleaned with soap and water. Use alcohol-soaked cotton swabs or toothpicks to carefully remove built-up dirt in cracks and crevices. You can get rid of dirt behind the headphone grill by using a hairdryer with a cool setting. Another tip is to tape the grid and remove it again.
Finally, let’s not forget about cleaning our wallets properly and on a regular basis. After being outside, you may take it out of your pocket or out of your handbag and leave it on top of your counter untouched for a few hours. It may be necessary to place a paper towel below the item to avoid contamination on the countertop surface.
It is difficult to generalize the cleaning of wallets as it all depends on the material in which it’s made of. Some might require a more specialized service, but generally speaking, a few wipes moistened with alcohol, or with a cloth, water and soap is enough to clean and disinfect it.
These are some measures that will become a habit as we all accustom to the new normal. The Coronavirus will change the world as we once knew it, so we ought to prepare for its lasting impact on our lives. Remember to keep your personal items, accessories, and designer leather handbags as clean as possible, and stay safe.
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