It’s been repeated countless times, but that’s because it’s true: the best way to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19 or passing it to someone else is to wash your hands. But when we come back home, there are more items that, if not disinfected, could make washing your hands pointless.

One such item is your credit card. Touching it is often necessary when taking care of errands and cashiers potentially handle hundreds of different people’s cards each day, possibly transmitting harmful bacteria. So make sure to clean and disinfect your cards and wallet accordingly, taking care not to scratch the magnetic strip. Another item you likely touch many times throughout the day is your cellphone. So even if you’re regularly washing your hands, your phone could spread germs back onto your hands. Clean and disinfect your phone by wiping it down with a microfibre cloth soaked in 70% alcohol, then leave it to dry completely. And finally, don’t forget that your keys are often touched before you’re able to wash your hands, so they may also need to be disinfected in the same way as your phone.

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