Jessica Testa - 30 Oct, 2020

How to limit spread of COVID-19 around house

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The easiest place to control the spread of COVID-19 is within our own homes, so it is important to do everything we can to protect our families as best we can. But this isn’t limited to washing your hands when you come home or limiting the amount of visitors you have.

Here are some helpful details for you to think about as you’re creating your game plan to limit the spread of COVID-19 at home.

How do I know if I’m cleaning each room in my house properly?

Although it may sound like second nature, you may not be cleaning your house properly. It’s important to make sure you are not only cleaning up when something is dirty, but also cleaning regularly to ensure you are getting rid of any harmful bacteria is crucial to keeping your family safe and healthy.

There are plenty of easy ways to try that may prevent harmful bacteria from coming into your home. You could start by cleaning and disinfecting objects you use often, such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes, as well as surfaces you use often such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs.

In addition to this, you can try to increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows or changing your air conditioning. It is also important to find out how often certain items around the house should be changed or replaced.

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As the place where you prepare food, your kitchen should be one of the areas of your home that endures the most cleaning. It may be necessary to clean your kitchen more than once a day to make sure that any bacteria is properly destroyed. 

The main tasks when cleaning your kitchen include:

  • washing the dishes.
  • cleaning down the kitchen bench and tabletop.
  • emptying and washing the kitchen rubbish bin.
  • sweeping and/or washing (mopping) the floor.
  • wiping the shelves and cleaning the cupboards, inside and out.
  • cleaning the stove and oven.
  • cleaning out the refrigerator.
  • cleaning the walls, windows and brushing flyscreens.
  • Wipe down kitchen benches after food preparation.
  • Wash dishes and cooking utensils after each meal.
  • removing cobwebs.

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The bathroom is where we clean ourselves so the bacteria we collect from the day may still be present here. This is why it is important to make sure you clean and disinfect the area properly.

The main tasks when cleaning your bathroom include:

  • cleaning the hand basin, shower and/or bath.
  • cleaning the toilet.
  • sweeping and washing (mopping) the floor.
  • cleaning the mirror, cupboards and/or shelves.
  • changing or washing the towels and the bath mat.
  • cleaning the walls and windows and brushing flyscreens.
  • removing cobwebs.


The laundry is where we clean our clothes, towels and linen so it is necessary to keep this area clean to try and avoid reinfecting any clean items. This is why cleaning your laundry may be just as important as the rest of the house.

The main tasks when cleaning your laundry include:

  • washing clothes, linen (for example, towels, sheets) and blankets.
  • sweeping and washing (mopping) the floor.
  • cleaning the tub and washing machine.
  • cleaning the cupboards, walls and windows and brushing flyscreens.
  • removing cobwebs.


Most people sleep an average of 8 – 10 hours per day, so we may spend a huge fraction of our daily lives in the bedroom. While we sleep, we may breathe in any dust or bacteria that may be present in the room so it is vital for us to ensure we try and eliminate that.

The main tasks when cleaning your bedroom include:

  • sweeping and/or washing the floors.
  • cleaning the mirrors.
  • dusting the shelves and cleaning out cupboards.
  • cleaning walls and windows and brushing flyscreens.
  • removing cobwebs.
  • changing the sheets on the bed and airing (putting in the sun for a few hours) the blankets and mattresses.
girl sitting on her bed in her clean bedroom

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Family space

The family space is usually a living room or a communal area where the family may gather. This is also the area where you may direct visitors to sit in, so they may carry germs or bacteria into the area with them.

The main tasks when cleaning your family space include:

  • sweeping and/or washing (mopping) the floors.
  • dusting the shelves and cleaning out cupboards.
  • cleaning the walls and windows and brushing flyscreens.
  • removing cobwebs.


Although it’s not necessarily part of the house, cleaning your car is still essential to try and prevent external dirt and bacteria from entering your home after a drive. It may be best to start from the interior and move on to the exterior and properly clean your car once a fortnight.

The main tasks when cleaning your car include:

  • vacuuming the carpets.
  • cleaning the seats.
  • removing any animal hair.
  • hosing down and washing the outside of the car.
  • removing any tar or squashed insects.
  • wipe around the door jambs.
  • cleaning the windows.
  • washing the wheels and types.
  • polishing the car (every three months).

How should I clean my food?

While we are in the midst of the pandemic, some people have taken extra steps to try and make sure their food has been cleaned properly. Even if you are ordering your groceries online and getting them delivered instead of buying them from the store, you should still consider cleaning them thoroughly.

Here are some tips that could work:

  • It may be a good idea to transfer some foods to clean containers and discard the packaging it came in.
  • If you are able to disinfect a certain type of food but don’t have time to do so, leaving containers and packages in a designated corner of the kitchen or inside a cabinet for three days may work.
  • For produce, it may be best to just rinse as usual.

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What’s the best way to keep my home sanitised and protect my guests from spreading?

There are plenty of ways to protect those who enter your home, as well as those who live there.

When you go and visit people, or they come and visit your home, it is important to maintain physical distance and practise good hygiene. Hand hygiene products and suitable waste receptacles need to be available, just like if you were to go out in public, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal. It may be helpful to limit the number of visitors at any one time.

It is also recommended that you do not shake hands, hug or kiss.

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How can I prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease if I’m sick?

The first thing you should be doing if you are feeling sick is staying home and self-isolating. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, you should consider seeking medical advice and getting a test for COVID-19 done, even if your symptoms are mild. You and those who have been in close contact with you should self-isolate for at least 14 day.

You should also practise good hygiene and may sure you cover your mouth and nose with your elbow if you cough or sneeze.

boy using elbow while coughing

How can coronavirus disease be prevented from spreading between people in the same home?

If you are self-isolating at home, there are plenty of things you can do to protect those who live with you.

Firstly, it is best to have no non-essential visitors. You should stay in a separate room away from everyone else in your household and use a separate bathroom if you can, or at the very least use a separate towel or cloth towel that no one else will use. Keep the door to the room that you are isolating in closed at all times.

When you wash your hands, use a paper towel to dry them that you can dispose of immediately. If you share a room with someone else, you must ensure it has good airflow.

It is best to stay two metres away from anyone else at all times and wear a mask if you are in the same room as someone else if you can.

How can we slow the spread of the coronavirus disease?

We can all do what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19. Although you cannot stop the virus all on your own, you are still able to do what you can to protect yourself, your family and your local community by doing your part when you are out-and-about.

Some of the easy ways you could try include physical distancing, use tap and go instead of cash where possible, avoid crowds, avoid large public gatherings, practise good hygiene and pay attention to transport guidelines.

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What are the current lockdown laws in my state?

Every state and territory in Australia has different rules in regards to what can and cannot be done during different stages of the lockdown period that are set out by their governments, which are constantly changing as new information is released.

The Healthdirect website contains links to other websites that explain the rules for each individual state and territory.

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Words by Jessica Testa


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