For many, pre-pandemic cleaning was just another chore, but as COVID-19 emerged in the U.S., cleaning quickly became a way to protect against the spread of germs and illnesses. In fact, a new survey conducted by the American Cleaning Institute found that 70% of Americans now view cleaning as a way to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their families, and more than 85% of Americans plan to keep up their cleaning practices after the pandemic ends. As the pandemic assigned new meaning to cleaning, here is a snapshot of what we’ve learned along the way.
More than 75% of Americans plan to continue to wash their hands frequently once the pandemic is over. We all know, especially now, that handwashing is one of the most effective and simplest ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others. Reminder: Key times to wash your hands include: before, during and after preparing food; before and after caring for someone who is sick; and after handling items like garbage or dirty laundry!