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The first thing you'll want to know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things. The CDC recommends we all do a bit of both, even if nobody in your home is sick.
1. Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface.
2. Disinfecting is about killing pathogens.
3. Do both daily if anything or anyone has entered or exited your home
Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, but the CDC recommends we clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe, assuming we have had contact with the outside world in some way, either a person leaving and returning or goods coming in.
High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily:
2. Table surfaces
3. Hard dining chairs (seat, back, and arms)
4. Kitchen counters
5. Bathroom counters
6. Faucets, faucet knobs
7. Toilets, (seat and handle)
8. Light switches
9. TV remote controls
10. Game controllers, etc.
First Clean, Then Disinfect:
1. First, clean the surfaces, removing any contaminants, dust, or debris. You can do this by wiping them with soapy water (or a cleaning spray) and a hand towel.
2. Then apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. The quickest and easiest way to do this is with disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray.
That’s it. Just adding these to your daily routine can help lower the risk of infection for you and anyone else in your household.
1. Disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, or store brand will do)
2. Disinfectant spray (Purell, Clorox, Lysol, all make sprays that will work)
3. Isopropyl alcohol
4. Hydrogen peroxide
How to Make Homemade Bleach Disinfectant Spray:
1. 4 teaspoons household bleach
2. 1-quart water
3. Pour both into 1-quart spray bottle, shake vigorously
4. Spray on surface to disinfect, let sit for 10 minutes, wipe away with a wet cloth
Bleach is excessive in most cases. You should never ever mix bleach solution with any other cleaning chemical, and it's likely to damage or discolor sensitive surfaces. Use it as a last resort if you can't source or acquire any other kind of disinfectant. With bleach, remember to wear gloves, open your windows (ventilation is your friend), and be careful.
Related Topic: Coronavirus: Social Distancing
PS: The virus has an outside coating, and the stuff inside — DNA or RNA — is what actually causes the disease. It's kind of like the casing on a bomb or torpedo.
For a virus, that coating is a protein, and the soap or detergent break up that coating, so the virus spills its guts and falls apart.”
To decontaminate a surface, you can’t just swipe it, you’ve got to scrub it, really scrub it until the entire surface is wet, and then let it dry on its own.