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Spring Cleaning in a Pandemic, Links List

I went looking for recommendations about cleaning in the time of a pandemic.

Below are links to 10 different websites and a brief discussion of what’s there. The complete article is available by following the link.

  1. List of high-touch areas, including some you may not have thought of: fridge handle, etc.
  2. List of CDC recommended disinfection cleaners and how to use them.
  3. What DIY cleaners can be used.
  4. A discussion about different surfaces.
  5. Links to articles about organizing and disinfecting otherwise.

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning:

  1. Use the extra time.
  2. Make a list and divide it up.
  3. Get rid of the clutter.
  4. DIY some cleaners.
  5. Take before/after pics.

12 tips:

  1. Clean AND disinfect, includes a list of high-touch areas.
  2. Use the right products to disinfect.
  3. Dust throughly.
  4. Vacuum and deep clean carpets.
  5. Clean/organize linens.
  6. Scour tiles.
  7. Wipe down windows.
  8. Organize seasonal items.
  9. Polish brass/stainless.
  10. Clean wood furniture.
  11. Reseal grout/disinfect bathroom.
  12. Don’t try to do all the cleaning at once.

Discussion about deep cleaning. Includes link to CDC’s cleaning recommendations. Also talks about affect of the pandemic on cleaning companies.

What to clean, with what products, in detail, from the US government agency. Includes:

  1. Updated links to EPA-registered disinfectant list
  2. Added guidance for disinfection of electronics
  3. Updated core disinfection/cleaning guidance
  4. Links to: OSHA COVID-19 site, the CDC Homecare Guidance site, and a link for people with pets.

How to clean at home, at work, and what to do when you have to go out. Also links to CDC, US Food & Drug, OSHA, World Health and FDA sites.

Article about what all the extra cleaning means for garbage companies, etc.

  1. Places to clean more often.
  2. High touch areas.
  3. Things you might not have thought to clean.
  4. Where/how to keep items you may be culling.
  5. Discussion of symptoms.

An entertaining article on the current dilemma about housecleaning for professional women and cleaning during the pandemic. Well written.

  1. What to clean, how often.
  2. Deep cleaning list.
  3. Self-quarantine cleaning list.

Using What You Have & What Works

We have a large lot with a lot of trees. The trees dump a lot of pine cones, acorns and oak leaves on the property. Clean up requires much work, and a large volume of space to gather the leaves, cones, acorns, and compost same or haul them to the town’s leaf  or brush pile.

Because I am on a “clean up” jag, I’ve been working on the yard. I have no panic attack issues (that I know of) with the garden.

We only have 2 plastic trash barrels. They’re too big to go into my car. I have a few smaller metal trash cans, but they too would likely have to be put on their sides, and would probably leak leaves, etc. into my car. The better idea seems to be to bag up the leaves and take them to the dump that way. The leaf paper bags work, but are expensive and wasteful.

Because I’m not all that tall, hauling trash barrels and/or full leaf bags gets to be comic for everyone other than me, as the bags are nearly my size. They’re difficult to deal with, full.

Accordingly, we went looking for easier ways to haul the assorted leaves, twigs, etc.  DH brought home one of these:large concrete tub

It’s a concrete mixing tub. After using it a while, it cracked on the corner, so he bought another. It also cracked on the corner, but both are still usable, so we use them, cracks and all!

Last fall, we bit the bullet and bought a package of reusuable plastic bags. These are also made for construction. They’re called “Demo Bags” and we bought them with the idea that we’d use them over & over, for yard waste. So far that works!

The bags fit over the ends of the tubs. It’s not a loose fit, but it’s do-able.

I can push the contents of the tub right into the bag. This was completely unexpected, and welcome — it makes the job much easier!

The bags are big enough for me, especially with my “iffy” elbow that I don’t fill them, but put 1-3 tubs of leaves in them, about 1/2 the bag’s worth. I can then lift them without a problem.

I have a place to put away the tubs, but don’t have one for the previously used bags, yet. That’s the only glitch about this “system”. I’m using what we already had (the tubs), getting the yard cleaned up fairly efficiently, and I’ve cut down the amount of money spent on single-use supplies.

Definitely a win!

(The used bags are being stored right next to where the tubs are stored when they’re empty. Hurrah!)