How to stay safe during MCO

Author: Sharifah Sofia

These are trying times guys. Many of us have been stuck at home for as long as 4 weeks. Here in Malaysia, we have just passed the 2 week mark of our 4 week Movement Control Order (MCO). 

We are being reminded to constantly disinfect the things we touch to reduce the spreading of virus’ and bacteria. There is a lot of misinformation going around which can be quite confusing and overwhelming.


funny cartoon of man cleaning

So, let’s just keep it simple

First of all, the most general advice for keeping clean would be to wash your hands. Too easy! Some soap and water, rub those hands while you sing the alphabet song then rinse. Hehe. 

At home, clean and disinfect commonly touched areas daily – switches, door knobs/handles, taps, fridge door, toilet flush, and maybe even your phone.

The CDC recommends preparing a bleach solution:

  • 4 teaspoons bleach
  • 1 litre of water 
  • Mix in a spray bottle and use like any other cleaner. Just be careful when using bleach as it’s not suitable for all surfaces – especially fabric!

When working with bleach, please don’t forget to wear (reusable) household rubber gloves to protect skin and make sure you have proper ventilation.

If you would like to opt for a more eco-friendly option, you could try this!

  • 1 tablespoon liquid Castile soap
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol (70%)
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil, optional
  • Mix in a spray bottle so you easily apply it to any surface and wipe with a clean cloth.

Take note: DO NOT dilute your rubbing alcohol as anything below 70% alcohol will not be strong enough to kill bacteria. Again, make sure you have proper ventilation.

Grocery Runs during the MCO

However, when you go out for a grocery run, wear a mask and keep some hand sanitiser handy and maybe some wipes (the eco friendly cleaner recipe can also be used for reusable cleaning wipes) handy, refrain from touching your face and try not to touch anything in the supermarket you don’t plan on taking home.

Dr VanWingen has prepared a video for us to demonstrate how to stay safe when going out on and coming home from a grocery run.

We hope this knowledge has been helpful for you during these hard times. Make sure you stay safe and take care. Don’t forget to wash your hands!!

For information and updates on COVID-19 and any questions you may have as a volunteer or participant during this time, read here. Check out our nature blog for other informative posts. 

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