It seems that our daily lives will continue to be affected by COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) for the foreseeable future. Due to this new lifestyle there are extra precautionary steps that we all must take to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect those around us. Here is a list of easy things to do and not to do when cleaning and disinfecting your home this season.
- Follow directions on labels for all products you use.
- Practice routinely cleaning high touch areas such as; phones, remotes, light switches, cabinets and drawer handles, cabinets, tables, faucets, keys, phones, door knobs, keyboards, toilets, and your car steering wheel.
- If you are diluting products, use water at room temperature unless otherwise stated on the label.
- Only use a bleach product if its sodium hypochlorite is within a range of 5.25%-8.25%.
- Do use bleach against coronavirus. Unexpired household bleach is effective against coronavirus when it is properly diluted.
- Make sure your bleach is active. If you are creating your own bleach solution, it will only be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
- You may also disinfect with an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol.
- Clean carpets, rugs, and drapes with soap and water, or try vacuuming.
- Clean electronics by following manufacturer’s cleaning instructions or use alcohol-based wipes or sprays that contain at least 70% alcohol and make sure to dry the surfaces afterwards. Consider using protective wipeable covers on your electronics.
- Clean your clothes, towels, and linens by washing them like normal laundry. Use the warmest setting appropriate for each item. Laundry of an infected person can be washed with other laundry. Disinfect all hampers afterwards.
- Don’t mix two or more household chemical products. This can be very dangerous and cause an unhealthy chemical reaction.
- Don’t drink, eat, breath, or inject these products into your body.
- Don’t apply these products directly to your skin.
- Don’t use these products on your animals.
- Don’t use expired products.
- Don’t mix household bleach with ammonia or another cleanser.
Please make sure to read all instructions and labels for the cleaning products you use to ensure you and your family stay safe. It is important to routinely clean and disinfect high touch areas and any areas or items that may have come in contact with any infected people. As we enter flu season in the middle of a pandemic, it is now more important than ever to take extra steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to continue using face masks when out in public.