Guys, I thought I would write this post to talk about my routine after I come home from work. Being at the hospital all day and potentially exposing ourselves to a bunch of illnesses during this so-called, "CORONA TIME". I wanted to share what I do after work to keep my surroundings clean and free of infection. I HOPE...
First things first, when leaving the hospital I use a sanitizer for my hands upon getting in my car. This way I ensure that at least my hands are clean. We drive a lot in California so it's only right. By the time, I get home I'm ready for the full "I'm about to get clean" process. So here goes:
2. Take off your Shoes
Take off your shoes at the door. Preferably outside the door or your garage area but not everyone has that option so as close to your front door as possible will do. (I'm currently rotating between two pairs of sneakers because who knows what gets on these shoes and since I'm a self-proclaimed sneakerhead I don't want to ruin some of my nicer kicks).
3. Scrubs go next
After this, the clothes must go aka your scrubs. I have a separate laundry bin by the door dedicated for my scrubs. They go in there after a single use! (There is also a lot of stuff in my scrub pockets so sometimes I would need to take all of that out first). Now we are ready to head to the bathroom to wash our hands.
Do yourself a favor and thoroughly wash your hands once you get home. Use a lotion or oil to keep them from drying out.
5. Cellphone cleaning
Next up are our phones. I have an alcohol prep waiting for me on the counter and I wipe down both my personal as well as my work phone.
After all of these steps, we can get dressed into our regular clothing and call it a day. Don't forget to keep your house clean during this time (that should go without saying) and set yourself up for success for the next day. After a few days, this should become routine and not time consuming.
Side note: I don't wash my scrubs every day so after about a week or so, when the scrub bin is full I would throw all of them in the wash, separate from my everyday clothes of course (even though scrubs are MY everyday clothes lol) and they are ready for the following week.
That's my quick home routine... hope this helps!
If you want to read My Daily Hospital Routine check it out here.
Stay Clean and Stay Safe
- Dr. S
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