How to Properly Clean and Disinfect Your Home

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Use our handy guide to properly clean and disinfect every stuff of your house.

We know, we know that spring is already here, but with coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re thinking about how you can efficiently clean and disinfect every nook and cranny of your home and every stuff that you touch daily, like phones, doorknobs, faucet levers, toothbrush, remote controls, etc.

So, prepare your cleaning bucket because it’s time for spring-cleaning for coronavirus. Don’t forget to wear your rubber gloves.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

But first, what is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting? According to the CDCcleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Meanwhile, disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

In addition, sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

Clean and Disinfect Your Home’s High-touch Surfaces

According to the U.S. government and scientists, the coronavirus can live in the air for several hours and on some surfaces like cardboard, metal, and metal for as long as 24 hours to three days, so cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home is a must-do to lessen the spread of germs and bacteria.

High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily:

  • Bathroom counters
  • Computer
  • Credit cards
  • Dining Chairs
  • Doorknobs
  • Faucets and faucet knobs
  • Game controllers
  • Kitchen counters
  • Light switches
  • Phone
  • Table surfaces
  • Toilets
  • Toothbrush
  • TV remote controls
  1. First, clean these surfaces by wiping them with soapy water solution or a cleaning spray and a hand towel. This will remove any contaminants, dust, or debris.
  2. Then, disinfect these surfaces by applying a surface-appropriate disinfectant like disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray.

DIY Disinfectant Solution

CDC created a bleach solution for your home:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
  • Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.

How to Clean and Disinfect Your Devices

Your phone and other gadgets might be one of the reasons that are keeping you sane during your self-isolation, but the icky truth is, your phone and other gadgets are magnets for germs. So, it’s best to clean and disinfect your devices with disinfecting wipes. Wipe the screen and buttons properly. Also, don’t forget to clean the parts where dust and pocket lint tend to get trapped.

Don’t forget to clean and disinfect your computer and laptop with isopropyl alcohol (70 percent) solution and a soft towel or cotton. Wipe down the keyboard, the trackpad, the exterior, the mouse, and where your wrists rest on the laptop.

How to Clean and Disinfect Safely

Good Housekeeping made a list on how to clean and disinfect safely at home:

  • Wear rubber gloves (disposable) to protect your hands from drying chemicals and germs.
  • Rotate the wipe or cloth to a clean area for each item you clean, so you are not reinfecting surfaces. Also, wipe surfaces in one direction to keep from merely moving germs around.
  • Wash your hands after cleaning.

Your Entryway

Clean and disinfect everything in your entryway with disinfectant wipes or disinfectant solution and a soft cloth. Wipe down your door handles, light switches, key hooks, furniture, and other surfaces you and your family touch every day.

Your Living Room

Clean your living room by clearing out the clutter, dusting down the ceiling and table, wash or wipe dirty spots on your walls, windows, couches, curtains, and chairs. Also, don’t forget to clean all art, photographs, and lamp with a lightly wet cloth. Plus, if you have a bookshelf, dust down the books and the shelves as well. Lastly, clean your carpet, rugs, and doormats.

Your Kitchen

Keep your kitchen clean and sanitized with Home Guides tips. Let’s start by wiping counters and the stovetop with dish detergent and water using a paper towel. You can also make your bleach solution and spray it on your kitchen surfaces. Wash cutting boards or any items that touch raw meat immediately with soap and hot water, then wash again with the bleach mixture.

Wipe up spills in the refrigerator promptly with a paper towel, dishwashing liquid, and water. Scrub your kitchen floor with the bleach mixture to remove germs and bacteria. Then, wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Your Bedroom

Disinfect your bedroom by washing your sheets and pillowcases in hot water. Vacuum the pillows and mattress and then spray with a disinfecting spray until damp. Let it dry. Wipe hard surfaces like doorknobs, window sills, decors, and furniture with disinfectant wipes or with a disinfectant solution and soft cloth. Lastly, vacuum the floor and clean your carpet and rugs.

Your Bathroom

Clean and disinfect your bathroom, wash towels, and bathmats regularly. Disinfect your bathroom counters, tubs, showers, and floors with a disinfecting spray. Make sure to follow the instructions of the disinfecting cleaner. Use a bleach solution to disinfect the toilet. You can also check out Good Housekeeping’s bathroom cleaning tips.

Your Home Office

Since a lot of people are working from home, it’s important to disinfect your home office by cleaning your computer, laptop, and devices you use at work by using disinfectant wipes and spray. Make sure you properly dry everything off to avoid damage on your devices.

That’s a wrap on how to efficiently clean and disinfect every room of your home and household items you use regularly. Stay safe, and please, if you can, stay at home.

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