More and more people are looking for ways to disinfect their homes as news of the COVID-19 infection continues to spread.
It’s always a good idea to practice the basic guideline of washing your hands thoroughly and social distancing, but as the coronavirus is transmitted via respiratory droplets, the CDC says that current evidence suggests it “may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.”
Read below some tips on how to prevent every room in your home from infection and suggestions from the CDC (Center for Disease and Control) on how to disinfect and deep-clean:
Cleaning refers to the removal of germs from surfaces. Disinfecting refers to the use of chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. Both can lower the risk of infection spread, but you should clean first, disinfect after.
Use household cleaners and disinfectants on frequently touched surfaces
Look at tables, doorknobs, light switches and toilets as places to start. Before you disinfect dirty surfaces, clean them with detergent or soap and water.
Don’t use expired products, and don’t mix bleach with any other cleaners.
How to make diluted bleach
To make a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute
Wear gloves and make sure you have good ventilation while you clean
Wear disposable gloves and throw them out after you’re done using them.
Clean your hands immediately after the gloves are removed.
Clean your electronics
Phones and tablets are what the CDC calls “high touch” surfaces, so you’re going to want to clean them. You should avoid using rubbing alcohol, disinfectants, or similar sprays because using them can damage the protective coating on your phone’s screen.