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Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Home

by Christian Manansala

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EVERYDAY STEPS AND EXTRA STEPS WHEN SOMEONE IS SICK

What you need to know:

  • Wear reusable or disposable gloves for routine cleaning and disinfection.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Clean or launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • If someone is sick, keep a separate bedroom and bathroom for the person who is sick (if possible).

HOW TO CLEAN AND DISINFECT CLEAN

Wearing gloves outside of these instances (for example, when using a shopping cart or using an ATM) will not necessarily protect you from getting COVID-19 and may still lead to the spread of germs. The best way to protect yourself from germs when running errands and after going out is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Wear reusable or disposable gloves for routine cleaning and disinfection.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface.
  • Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • High touch surfaces include:
  • Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets,
  • faucets, sinks, etc.
  • DISINFECT
  • Disinfect with a household disinfectant on List N: Disinfectants for use against SARs- CoV the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Read EPA’s infographic on how to use these disinfectant product safely and effectively.
  • Many products recommend:
  • Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label).
  • Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.
  • Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards
  • Ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Use no more than the amount recommended on the label.
  • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label).
  • Avoid mixing chemical products.
  • Label diluted cleaning solutions.
  • Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children and pets.
  • You should never eat, drink, breathe or inject these products into your body or apply directly to your skin as they can cause serious harm. Do not wipe or bathe pets with these products or any other products that are not approved for animal use.