S is for sanitizer and sanity

Hello and welcome to this year’s edition of the #A to Z Challenge.

As mentioned in my theme reveal, CoVid has undeniably impacted all our lives and introduced us to many new things, ideas and words. Some of them are literally life changing while others we hope will soon vanish once the Virus vanishes or mutates to a harmless little creature.

Join me as I share with you the twenty-six new lessons and words that I have learnt in the times of Corona.

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I have always been aware of cleanliness which we were taught was next to godliness but during the pandemic, I was close to losing my sanity with the obsession with sanitsation and sanitsers.

To begin with, Hubby Dear devised his own set of rules and an SOP that had to be strictly adhered too.

  • Before entering the lift or even pressing the lift button, hands have to be sanitised with the sanitiser kept near the lift.
  • All buttons have to be pressed with the knuckle of the forefinger to avoid direct contact with the fingers ( which might accidentally touch the face).
  • Avoid touching the face until hands have been sanitised and washed with soap and water.
  • All parcels and deliveries have to be kept outside the house for 24 hours.
  • Once brought in, parcels have to be sanitized in the UV box kept in the living room.
  • All food stuff has to be sanitised before being stored away : vegetables and fruits need to be kept in a solution of potassium permanganate for 5 minutes after being thoroughly washed in running water; other packed items have to be wiped down with a sanitiser soaked paper towel.
  • Take aways had to be zapped for 10 seconds in the microwave and all containers thrown out immediately.
  • All masks have to be changed weekly or washed daily and treated to a dose of the UV machine before wearing.
  • When any stanger enters the house for repair work, the rest of the family members have to be in their rooms with their doors shut and after the person leaves the house, the entire area that he has walked on and surfaces that he has touched should be sanitised.

This is the way we wash our hands

I never realised there was a science behind washing hands celebrities and doctors began giving demonstrations on television about how hands should be washed. One of them, if I remember right, advocated singing “Happy Birthday” twice over while washing as this was the optimum time needed to sanitize your hand.

Really? We learnt how to wash our hands as babies and were told to wash the moment we entered home, before we began eating and after doing any job that dirtied our hands.

Not only were we advised to wash our hands frequently, but we were also advised to SANITISE them regulalry. Suddenly, regular handwash and soap advertisements began announcing 100% germ killing properties of their products.

Other products too like fabric for shirting and mattresses emphasised the fact that they assured 100% protection against the virus.

In fact, I began to wonder if so many things could prevent the virus, it should have died a long while ago!

Sanitising your homes

With household help scarce or non-existent suddenly, there was a spurt in the sales of automated robotic gadgets.

There was an increase in sales of other stuff like wipes, household cleaners etc.

Forced to do their own work, many housewives in our building became aware of the creepy crawlies that came out to play when the lights went off.

Something obviously had to be done .But killing was a bad word in their vocabulary ( and also their religion) so an enterprising cousin sold us all an insect repellent made from natural ingredients that didn’t kill.

Looking closely at the label, I found out that it drove the creatures away from your house. So where did they go to? Obviously to your neighbours’.

After a week of diligently using this repellent, I noticed a faint smell of Cow’s urine in my kitchen. Was this the natural ingredient mentioned on the label?

No wonder the creatures ran away. I would have run away too!

Do you think taking sanitization to this level was too far fetched or did it effectively stop the spread of the disease?

Do let me know in the comment box.


By Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking! And how could I forget blogging ????


  1. I am exhausted reading your hubby’s SOP! I have to confess I only upped my cleaning by about 5-10%. In my defence, I worked from home anyway so there weren’t many opportunities to catch the virus.


  2. Our supermarket has just relaxed it’s sanitizer and l feel like it wrong l really am missing it. And the last two days we had to use public transport due to our car being worked on, we had to go back to wearing masks on the trains and to be really honest l felt much safer with my seven layer face mask on that breathing in that air with all the other people. I now carry sanitising wipes in my handbag for those moments too.


  3. Those SOPs and the UV box sound like the sanitisation regime was stringent in your household.
    Looking at the numbers in India, perhaps this regime should’ve been followed by more people.


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