By now, you have probably heard it a hundred or a thousand times, that handwashing and proper hygiene practices are important in order to fight against the COVID-19 virus. Health care professionals and government institutions are highly encouraging everyone to take part in proper handwashing and other healthy habit practices to protect yourself from the virus.
While you might be staying at home during the current outbreak and only leaving your home when necessary, you can still be at risk of bringing the virus back to your home. So, what can you do to keep your home clear of the virus?
Proper cleaning can help clear away the virus along with a variety of other germs too. Here is some household cleaning tips to follow during COVID-19.
How Long Can the Virus Last on Surfaces?
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, COVID-19 can live for several hours to three days in aerosols (suspension of tiny particles or droplets in the air) and on surfaces. With this kind of information, it makes it even more important to try to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home every day if you can. It is also important to practice good hygiene during this time since hands are the primary means of transmitting the virus and keeping our hands away from touching our face, including our noses and mouths.
What Areas Do I Clean in My Home?
Deciding where you need focus cleaning each day in your home depends where most where people frequent and where their hands touch. At home the bathrooms and kitchens always harbor a lot of germs. Everyone is touching cupboards, drawer knobs, and kitchen appliances.
In the bathrooms and kitchens, you’ll want to focus on cleaning these areas. Clean the cupboard and drawer knobs carefully. In the kitchen, you’ll want to clean the handles and front of the kitchen appliances, including the dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, and toaster ovens.
If you are going to be cleaning dirty surfaces, always make sure you take the items off first. Then you will want to wipe the surfaces clean with a wipe or spray.
Other areas in your home should always get a good cleaning too that are most touched by hands. The following areas of your home can include:
- Staircase railings
- Doorknobs and doors
- Remote controls
- Game controllers
- Keyboards and computer mice
- Cell phones
- Light switches and switch plates
What Are the Best Products to Clean My Home?
If the surfaces in your home are dirty, the CDC recommends using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfecting.
When it comes to disinfecting, the most efficient cleaning products to use are EPA-registered household disinfectants. You can find a list of current products that meet the EPA’s standards for using against COVID-19 by visiting their website here.
The CDC also says using a diluted household bleach solutions (at least 1000ppm sodium hypochlorite) can be used for appropriate surfaces. You will want to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the application, ensuring that the contact time will be at least 1 minute and allow proper ventilation during and after the application. Always make sure the product is not past expiration date and never mix the household bleach with ammonia or any other cleansers.
Unexpired household bleach will be effective against COVID-19 when properly diluted. To create your own bleach solution, following the CDC’s mixed solution.
- 5 tablespoons (or 1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
Where Can I Find More Information?
If you are looking for more information regarding how to properly clean against the COVID-19 virus, visit the CDC website. Their information will always be up to date with the most accurate information in regards to the virus and cleaning guidelines.