frequently is one of the best steps you can take, but the coronavirus COVID-19 can still cling to surfaces you carry with you into your sanctuary, like your clothes, shoes, debit card and even your phone (here’s ).
Here are five ways to sanitize your home, and other areas and items you should disinfect.
Use disinfectant wipes to quickly clean down surfaces
Think about the things you touch multiple times a day–doorknobs, sinks, cabinet handles, refrigerator doors, remote controls. Because home is where you’re most relaxed, you may not be as militant about washing your hands in your own space as you are in public places.
To keep the germs at bay, use EPA-approved products, including disinfectant wipes, such as Clorox Wipes, Lysol Wipes or Purell Wipes, to quickly sanitize those areas. Once or twice a day should do the trick to remove germs, but if someone in your house is sick, you may want to wipe down surfaces more frequently. After you wipe the area, let it air dry to give it time to kill any bacteria that could linger.
Clean surfaces with a disinfectant spray
For your couch, carpet and areas that can’t be wiped down, you can use a disinfectant spray, like Lysol. Spraying in a sweeping motion will cover the entire surface, then let it completely dry before sitting down or walking on the surface.
You can also spray down countertops, mattresses and tables. If you’re out of wipes, you can also aim your disinfecting spray into a paper towel to wipe down sink handles and other smaller surfaces.
Products like 409 cleaner are not on the EPA’s approved list of products, so we suggest using products that come from the list, including Lysol spray, Clorox spray and Sani-Prime spray.
Use a bleach mixture to clean floors
Your shoes step on a lot of gross stuff during the day and if you don’t take them off when you come into the house, you could track in viruses and other germs. To clean the floors in your kitchen and bathroom, the CDC recommends using 1 cup of bleach mixed with 5 gallons of water to mop your floors.
If you use bleach on hardwood, it can remove the stain color. Instead, use a disinfecting wet mop cloth on your hardwood floors or combine half a cup of white vinegar and 1 gallon of water.
Clean up with hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide isn’t only effective for whitening teeth–in fact, the CDC says that 3% hydrogen peroxide was able to inactivate rhinovirus within eight minutes. When you pour the substance directly on surfaces, such as your sink, countertops or toilets, you’ll need to let it soak for around 10 to 15 minutes. After you let it sit, scrub the area and then rinse with water.
It’s also safe to clean your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide since the bristles can harbor bacteria.
Keep your home protected with Microban 24
A new product released by Proctor and Gamble called Microban 24 claims to keep surfaces protected for 24 hours. The antibacterial cleaner comes in several forms, including a disinfectant spray, a bathroom cleaner and a multipurpose cleaner.
Although it isn’t on the EPA list, the company says that when it’s used as directed as a disinfectant, it is effective against viruses, including the coronavirus.
If used every day, this can help prevent germs from living on surfaces in your home.
What to use to clean your car
While you’re out, you’re exposed to germs and viruses that can . A good idea is to sanitize these parts on a daily basis: Car door handles and controls, keys or start button, steering wheel, gear shift, seats, all buttons and knobs on your dash, sun visor, anything touchscreen, the console and cup holders.
You can use disinfectant wipes on most surfaces, excluding any leather and touchscreens. There are specific wipes made for cleaning your car’s leather. If your car has a touchscreen, you’ll want to use a microfiber cloth to wipe it down (unless your manual says otherwise). For cloth seats, a spray such as Lysol is considered effective when given time to dry.
Other household items you should consider disinfecting
Your computer keyboard and mouse
Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers
TV remote and TV buttons
All frequently used electronics, such as tablets and phones