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How to Sanitize Your Belongings During a Move

Moving during the Coronavirus pandemic isn’t the same as it was just a year ago. Now, there are many more things you need to pay attention to. Luckily, you don’t have to spend hours showering your household belongings with alcohol to stay safe. It takes much less time and effort if you know how to sanitize your belongings during a move. And to achieve this, you’ll need to know the right sanitation methods.

According to medical professionals, the transmission of the virus occurs most commonly through close contact with other people via respiratory droplets. However, there are pieces of evidence suggesting that it can remain viable for hours or even days on different surfaces. 

Therefore, the best idea would be to create a cleaning schedule and not just clean but also disinfect all surfaces during and after your relocation.

Planning and organizing are the two things you need to focus on here. If you do that right, you don’t have to feel nervous at all about moving during a pandemic. So, here are a few professional tips on how to do it.

Have cleaning materials on-hand throughout the moving process

Having the right cleaning supplies at hand has always been important during relocation. However, nowadays, it has become a crucial thing. Fortunately enough, Covid-19 is an enveloped virus. This means that it’s extremely easy to kill compared to other types of viruses. All you need are the appropriate home cleaning products. 

The Australian Government has dedicated a page on their website to cleaning supplies, and you can find all the recommended disinfectants to use against COVID-19 there. On the other hand, there is a good rule of thumb here. And it is to make sure that your cleaning product has at least 60 to 70 percent of alcohol, an amount of bleach, and that it’s designated to kill viruses and bacteria.

You can even make your version of it with these substances. Make sure to wear gloves when cleaning with it, but also stock up on masks, hand sanitizers, soap, and paper towels for the length of your journey.

All the cleaning supplies you need if you're going to sanitize your belongings during a move.
Always have enough cleaning supplies on-hand if you want to sanitize your belongings during a move.

Sanitize the high-touch surfaces first

Bring all the necessary cleaning materials that you’ve gathered with you to the new home. The first thing you want to do when you arrive is to clean and sanitize all high-touch surfaces in the house or apartment. These are things like doorknobs, tables, chairs, all switches, and countertops. Basically, anything you’ll be touching with hands. 

Additionally, you need to take care of the floors as well. Clean the boxes and bins that you used to transport your belongings and staircase railings to finish it off. As you can see, there’s a lot of things to tackle on a moving day. So, it is a smart idea to get an extra set of hands and minds to guide you through the process. Certain companies provide help relocating across the globe with zero stress, and you can only benefit from hiring them. Choose reliable movers that take serious precautions regarding the pandemic, and you won’t be in any danger.

Place a hand sanitizer by the door

One of the best ways to sanitize your belongings during a move is to keep hands touching them sanitized. The general suggestion is to often wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. So, make sure to leave plenty of soap in a bathroom you’ll point your movers to. However, if going to the bathroom means parading through most of the house, it’s a much better idea to place a couple of hand sanitizers by the door, especially if you went through the hustle of deep cleaning your new house before moving in. Here, similarly to household cleaning products, you need to make sure that the sanitizer you’re using has at least 60 percent of alcohol. Also, make sure you have enough for everyone. 

Woman putting hand sanitizer on her hands.
Keeping everyone’s hands clean is the best way to keep everyone safe.

Leave the doors open for movers

As we already mentioned, the best way to stay safe when moving in these circumstances is to avoid touching the surfaces repeatedly touched by others. The ideal situation would be that the movers don’t touch anything in your new home. Unfortunately, that is rarely possible as these people are carrying boxes in and out. However, you can minimize the number of things they make contact with.

So, leave all the doors you can open on a moving day. Doorknobs are one of the most common surfaces responsible for viral transmissions, and you’re dealing with this factor by doing this. Additionally, you’ll get extra fresh air, and that can only help. 

Although this may even be enough, we’d recommend a few more precautions to take when communicating with your movers.

  • Don’s shake hands.
  • Sign all the documents virtually beforehand, so you don’t have to do it in person.
  • Designate a room for uncleaned items. This will give you more control over the unpacking process, and you’ll be able to clean everything properly.

Clean moving boxes and items

Before you start unpacking your cardboard or plastic moving boxes, you should clean the exteriors of them. Antibacterial wipes should do the job well enough since this just another step in your protection arsenal.

If you used plastic moving bins, they’re probably sealed, so you don’t have to worry about the items inside. However, if you’re using cardboard boxes for your relocation, don’t cheap out on tape in the packing process and give your best to close any holes or openings these might have. It’s advisable to follow our tips for cleaning wooden furniture and do the same for your chairs, tables, and cupboards if they weren’t sealed during the transport.

Man carrying a cardboard box.
Make sure to clean your boxes and other unprotected items before unpacking them and placing them where they belong.


As you can see, it’s not too challenging to sanitize your belongings during a move. However, it does ask for a bit more time and effort regarding the relocation process. Be sure to ask your movers about their policies and precautions they take; you do your side of prevention, and you won’t have any problems. 

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