Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance
As the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the importance of cleaning and hygiene to protect our health, Cleansmart has put together lots of information on how to keep your home clean and safe.
Our page on Hygiene — the Golden Rules for 21st century homes has useful advice about how you can stop germs spreading in your home and causing infection.
It is also important to remember our Golden rules for cleaning safely – always follow the instructions to be sure that what you’re using, or what you’re doing, won’t cause any harm.
With children at home more than usual, remember to use and store your cleaning products safely, out of reach of children. Our projects including Take Action Today Put Them Away, in partnership with RoSPA, and Keep Caps from Kids have lots of tips to help you keep your home safe for children.
Useful sources of information
The International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH) has published Covid-19 advice, including what you can do to protect yourself against infection – and how to make sure you do not spread infection to others and what “Wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer” actually means for you.
Public Health England has published guidelines which include advice on cleaning and hygiene: “Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people”.
Handwashing for children
Hand washing still plays a key role in protecting yourself and others from Covid-19. UKCPI’s Hooray for Handwashing programme is designed for 4-7 year olds as a fun and easy way to teach children good health habits.
The e-bug project has a page on Covid-19 with information for children and young people. Led by Public Health England, e-bug was set up to educate children across the globe about microbiology, hygiene and the spread, treatment and prevention of disease.