As cold and flu season run rampant, it’s important to keep your RV clean to help dissuade germs and bacteria from spreading throughout your home on wheels. When it comes to keeping germs out of a small space, such as your RV, it’s better to be overly conscious about cleaning habits. So in the midst of winter where cold and flu season is at its peak, you need to have an understanding of how to clean and sanitize in your RV, as well as why it’s important.
Clean vs. Sanitized
Many people make the mistake of thinking that if your living space is clean, then it’s also been sanitized. However, think of cleaning as “tidying up”. Picking up clothes, toys and used dishes might make your space clean, but it certainly doesn’t remove any bacteria from the surfaces in your home.
Sanitizing comes after cleaning and involves killing bacteria and germs that would otherwise be left to make their home in your living space.
Traveling Exposes You (And Your RV) To More Germs
When traveling in your RV, you are exposed to infinitely more germs and bacteria than you are when in your own home. Whether you’re constantly stopping at places of interest, checking out new restaurants, or hitting up your bucket-list full of activities, you are likely crowding around and sharing space with hundreds more people than you otherwise would. Here are a few of the most likely germ-spreading culprits you may encounter while traveling in your RV:
- Bathhouses at campgrounds
- Campground amenities
- Gas stations
- Rest areas
You don’t need to shake hands or hug for germs to transfer from strangers to you. Sitting on a bus seat, getting a lift in a ride-sharing vehicle and even just opening doors to go into a gas station all expose you to thousands of germs your body isn’t used to. It might seem like you’re under attack from all directions, even though you’re on an adventure to get away from people. Thankfully there are some sanitizing tactics you can use to keep your living space as germ-free as possible!