With many of us staying home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, spring cleaning is more important than ever. And this year you should also be disinfecting.
Not sure what type of products you should use to clean or which areas you should focus on? Let’s take a look.
Cleaning vs. Disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfecting are a little different. Cleaning involves removing contaminants from household surfaces — think vacuuming, dusting or a basic wash and wipe. Disinfecting uses chemicals to kill any germs that may be present on those surfaces.
Picking a Disinfectant
Your typical household disinfectant wipes and sprays (e.g., Clorox, Lysol, Purell) should do the trick. You could also use a rubbing alcohol solution as a last resort, although it’s not the most effective on household surfaces since it evaporates quickly.
If these items are not available, you can also combine four teaspoons of bleach with 1 quart of water to create your own disinfectant solution.
Bleach, however, doesn’t mix well with other cleaning chemicals and it can damage sensitive surfaces. If you do use a bleach mixture, be sure to wear gloves and open doors and windows for ventilation.
Cleaning Frequently Touched Areas
While your cleaning methods will need to be adjusted on the whole, there are a few surfaces you should pay particular attention to.
Experts recommend cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas daily. This includes doorknobs, light switches, sink and tub faucets, toilet seats and handles, remote controls and game controllers, table surfaces, countertops and smart devices.
Anything you touch regularly should be targeted with the appropriate cleaner and disinfectant. Make cleaning and disinfecting part of your daily routine.
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