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An Organized and Systemized Approach to Preventing Covid-19 in the Home

It is understood and sympathized that all everyone is going through during this pandemic is frustrating. You are tired of feeling like prisoners. You are tired of the restrictions that seem to hold you hostage. You are tired of everyone talking about precaution and safety. I know it is hard.

All of the talk about coming vaccines makes us all want to take a breath and say, ‘I’ll just do my normal (unsafe) thing. There’s a vaccine‘ Yet, please, understand that the majority of the population will not have access to a vaccine for months after one or more are finally approved. There has to be a ‘meantime.’ In short. in the meantime, it is still only what we can do for ourselves and our households that can help us keep safe and slow the spread of the Coronavirus-Covid-19.

Kid’s are going to school. College students are coming home for the holidays. Yes, also the holidays. So, let’s start with some more ways to make it safer at home.

Summer is now, behind us. It is that time of year for all to deeply consider fall cleaning. Since, the weather has begun to get colder. The Coronavirus is spreading more easily from person to person, and home to home. 49 out of only 50 states have seen significant increases in this diseases case count. We have recently reached the count of 1 million children that have tested positive for Covid-19. We can help make it safer for our loved ones by following these helpful suggestions for a fall clean out.


It is hard work to declutter the home. Yet, how does it make it safer at home from Covid-19 when it’s just clutter? Although, disinfectants may be in frequent use. Clutter prevents a large area of cleanable space from getting the disinfecting care that it needs. That area is covered up and the amount of disinfectant needed to thoroughly sanitize becomes impeded by clutter. Ridding the clutter opens the space up for a greater reach of cleaners optimizing the cleanliness of the home.

It has been recommended by the CDC to disinfect the things we touch frequently. Clutter causes more than is really noticed to become something that gets touched frequently. This is due to having to regularly dig through clutter to find something underneath or mixed in with the clutter. It causes virtually everything in a cluttered area to become things touched frequently. Thus, the cell phones and laptops may be frequently disinfected. Yet, when they are inadvertently placed in an area of clutter. The need to find them becomes contact with touching things that have been overlooked during disinfecting.

Purge all areas of clutter. Throw away trash and everything no longer used. If it is donatable. Place it in a donation box or bag. Every counter, table, and closet should be decluttered and sorted. Decide what to keep and not keep. Not keeping everything is helpful toward maintaining a declutterized home.

Items that are not used frequently, but are being kept should be disinfected then stored in an organized manner on a shelf, in drawers, or in bins. The Dollar Tree is a hotspot for Organization bins. It is an inexpensive place to buy durable, and helpful bins to organize the entire home. The Dollar Tree has bins and containers that work well in the kitchen, bedroom, kids bedroom or playroom, bathroom, living room, and the refrigerator. These bins can also be used in bedroom closets, and the garage.

YouTube has loads of helpful organization videos that not only demonstrate type and size of these Dollar Tree storage items, but shows how and where to best use them. Recommended videos can be located at the bottom of this post.

After decluttering, it will be remarkably noticeable how much easier thoroughly cleaning, and disinfecting the home can be. With less to move around, cleaning time can be cut in half.

Toothbrush and Shower Safety

Most of us have to share a bathroom with at least one or more other persons. The bathroom is probably one of the most feared areas of the home when it comes to the spread of Covid-19. To help make it safer for you and your loved ones to share a bathroom, make sure that the shower has a daily cleaning. Products such as Daily Clean is a shower cleaning product that is a spray and go cleaner. Just spray it all over the shower and leave. No fuss, no muss. If there is a shower curtain, spray it, too. At the end of one week a heavier shower cleaning can be done.

All toothbrushes should be stored separately. That means they should not touch each other nor be stored out in the open without a cover. A simple way to make sure that everyone’s toothbrush is safe from causing onto each other is to store them inside of a toothbrush cover and inside of a drawer organizer for silver ware. There a small, plastic drawer organizer baskets at the Dollar Tree that can be used, as well. Inexpensive silverware drawer organizers can be found at any dollar store, too.

After teeth are brushed, wash your toothbrush with soap and water. Just use hand soap on the bristled end working it into the bristles. Spread it down the handle of the toothbrush. Rinse it well, then put it away. This keeps toothbrushes sanitized while they await the next usage, and is also clean to use the next time.

Remember. Disinfect the sink and countertop after toothbrushing. This cleans away the splatter that could lead to the spread of Covid-19. It makes the sink area a sanitized space to wash hands, and free to set other things used down on safe counter space.

Make a Sanitization Station

Make a station where everyone that lives in your home not only have a convenient spot to charge their electronics but keep them sanitized, as well. Keeping disinfectant spray and/or wipes handy at a charging station can help insure that those frequently used items are not only convenient to recharge, but also convenient to sanitize.

You are on your way to a safer hide-away home. A home where you and your household members can breathe a little easier! Don’t let frustration break you down. Stay safe!

Disinfecting Herbs That Promote Cleaner Air


Image by gate74 from Pixabay Rosemary, lavender and thyme.

In these times, of infectious disease that reek havoc upon our earth. We are cautiously, diligently and aggressively disinfecting our surroundings. Not only are we doing it more often in our homes, but in our workplaces, as well. There is virtually, nowhere that isn’t disinfecting harder and more consistently.

With all of our hard work and diligence toward disinfecting, there is one place that may have been overlooked. That place could further enhance our disinfecting efforts and it has been sitting under our noses, all of this time. That place is the air.

Natural ingredients can be added to a steaming, hot pot of water on a stove. It could also, be added to an electric hot diffuser. This releases into your air and thus, your air has those properties, too. There are many ways to use them. However, the most effective way, for air quality control, is via;

  1. electric diffuser
  2. tealight candle diffuser
  3. a hot pot on the stove.

Choices 1 and 2 are at the top of the list, because they will release aromas for longer periods of time. Furthermore; there would be no need to consistently watch them. A boiling pot empties too quickly. Thus, the danger of fire and the aromas only vaporize while the pot is boiling. Never leave a boiling pot on the stove unattended.

Choice number 2, is not as helpful as choice number 1. Although, it takes a lot longer for the water to evaporate than a boiling pot on the stove. The water does boil out and the candle keeps burning.

Choice number 1 is best, because the electric diffuser usually, comes with an automatic sensor that turns itself off when the water has gotten, too low. Plus, they can run from 6 – 8 hours at a time. That is 6 – 8 hours of naturally, disinfecting herb essence vaporized straight into your air. Not to mention, they can be purchased from Walmart, the Dollar General, Walgreens and many other stores for as little as $8.00.

Keep in mind, cleaning and cleaning often will still be needed. However, it is possible for these herbs to enhance the clean by adding disinfecting properties to your air and for a long time.

Image by emilytrue from Pixabay

These are some of the herbs that contain some disinfecting properties. They can be purchased in essence form (oil) that can be utilized in an electric diffuser, candle diffuser or a boiling pot of water on the stove. Remember. Never leave a boiling pot unattended.


Eucalyptus; naturally antiseptic and probably #1 on most antiseptic herb lists. It is also, an ingredient in medications for the treatment of colds, cough and flu. Yet, not limited to just these.


Rosemary; contains both antibacterial and anti-microbial properties. Rosemary is also, thought of as a stress reliever. This property offers an additional benefit to these tense and frightful times.


Lavender; known for its fragrance and calming effects. Lavender like eucalyptus also, contains camphor which is a natural antiseptic found in many cold and flu medications. Lavender can be found in disinfecting multi-surface cleaners, as well as, laundry soap.

Citrus: lemon, lime and oranges

Citrus: highly fragrant and tantalizing oil. You can buy citrus as its own name; or you can buy it in individual scents. The scents being lemon, orange, lime and others. Citrus scent, on its own, is a combination of different oils of citrus fruit. The oils are usually, expressed from the outer rine. Its properties are within its acidic content. The acid kills germs and bacteria and can also, be used as a bleach substitute. Citrus works well combined with any of these essential oils listed above.

Remember. If you choose, to add these oils to your home cleaning in any form; make certain that it is essential oils and not a perfume only. Do not let the oils be in direct contact with your skin. Essential oils are naturally concentrated and can cause damage to skin. If direct contact does occur, wash affected area immediately.

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