Just as with your handbag and wallet, shoes may be incredibly difficult to disinfect. If you happen to own a pair of machine-washable shoes, choose those for your outings and toss them in with your clothes after you return home. Otherwise, it may be a good idea to turn your house into a no-shoe zone for the time being – even before coronavirus came on the scene, it makes good hygienic sense to take off your shoes the minute you enter the house. Once it becomes a habit, you’ll never go back to your old ways.
It’s important to keep your jewellery cleaner than ever, especially rings and bracelets. If it’s only getting cleaned during your normal hand-washing process, it may not be enough – germs can hide in crevices and between your skin and the metal. “Clean jewellery and gemstones according to instructions from the manufacturer,” says Dr Mullans, who tries not to wear jewellery during the pandemic. Hard gemstones, such as diamonds, rubies, and sapphires can usually be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol, but double check with your jeweller first.
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