Updated: Oct 30, 2020
Killing risky germs on household surfaces is nothing new, most of us are already doing it when we routinely clean the kitchen and bathroom. However, with concerns over COVID, keeping frequently-touched household surfaces like counter tops, phones, faucet handles, and remote controls free of germs is more pressing than ever.
Washing hands is one of the best ways to protect ourselves when it comes to COVID-19. Wearing a mask and keeping our distance from each other is also important to help prevent the spread of the virus. With family members coming and going from the home, there’s possibility of exposure. Here are a few ways to make sure we are properly cleaning and disinfecting our homes and keeping our household as germ-free as possible.
Cleaning products that destroy coronavirus:
• Soap and Water can break the protective barrier of coronavirus. Scrub like the area is sticky and it must come off. Leave the towel in the soapy water for a while to destroy any virus particles that may have survived.
• Bleach – The CDC recommends mixing one-third cup of bleach with one gallon of room-temperature water. Check the label to ensure bleach is intended for disinfection and has sodium hypochlorite concentration of 5% – 6%. Also, make sure the bleach is not past the expiration date.
• Isopropyl alcohol is an effective disinfectant against many pathogens, including coronavirus as long as the concentration is 70%. Most rubbing alcohols are in the 70% range.
Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use. When using bleach, ensure adequate ventilation and avoid contact on skin.
For more information on disinfecting the home against COVID, review the Complete Disinfection Guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.