How to sanitise your staycation

With warnings that holidaymakers should take their own bed sheets away with them, Queen of Clean Lindsay Crombie joins us with her anti-coronavirus guide to sanitising your staycation.

From disinfecting the door knobs to bagging up the remote control, she’s got some top tips to keep your family safe.


It’s important to remember the following:

Do not travel if you’re experiencing any coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating because someone in your household or bubble has symptoms.

If NHS test and trace has told you to self-isolate, do not travel.

Avoid areas under local lockdown - you can check the latest advice at

Remember face coverings must be worn in enclosed spaces in England and Scotland. This does not apply in Wales and Northern Ireland at the time of writing.

What should you do when you arrive at your accommodation?

Lindsay recommends bringing your own soap and washing your hands and packing some slippers and flip-flops to wear.

Bringing your own bedding could be a good idea, but if you don’t have the space to do so, think about packing a handheld steamer and steam the bedding instead.

Disinfect the most popular ‘touched surfaces’ like light switches, handles and knobs, the kettle switch, the telephone and the TV remote. Bringing your own wipes or disinfectant spray is a good idea.

In Greece, hotels have been wrapping TV remote controls with cellophane so they can be easily cleaned and replaced between guests. You could use cellophane or a sandwich bag to cover your own remote control.

You might consider putting the plates, mugs, glasses and cutlery you want to use into the dishwasher, or alternatively consider bringing yours own holiday with you.

It’s a good idea to bring your own kitchen towel. They can be easily contaminated because we use them for so many things, from drying our hands to cleaning up spillages and holding hot pans - to name but a few! Bringing your own clean towel or wash the ones provided before using them.

And finally, if you don’t feel comfortable using the washing line provided, you can always get a pop up one and bring it along. A foldable washing line can easily fit in the boot of a car.

Get more top tips from Lindsay in the video above.