Examples of High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily:
– Table surfaces
– Hard dining chairs (seat, back, and arms)
– Kitchen counters
– Bathroom counters
– Faucets and faucet knobs
– Toilets (seat and handle)
– Light switches
– TV remote controls
– Game controllers
Now that you know what you’re cleaning, here’s how you should do it.
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.
How to Make Homemade Bleach Disinfectant Spray
If you can’t find good disinfectants at the store, the CDC also has a recommended recipe for a homemade cleaning solution using household bleach.
- 4 teaspoons household bleach
- 1-quart water
- Pour both into a one-quart spray bottle, shake vigorously
- 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 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. Remember to wear gloves, open your windows (ventilation is your friend), and be careful. And please, please, don’t drink it.
Does the Laundry Machine Work on Clothes?
Yes, mostly. Just washing your clothing with regular laundry soap and drying it at a slightly higher temperature than you might have otherwise is all you have to do to disinfect your clothes.
Don’t forget to clean your coat and backpack. Wiping the inside off with a disinfectant wipe should do the trick unless your jacket is machine washable.
Should You Disinfect Food and Snacks?
No, not without reason. According to the FDA, there is no evidence to suggest that food or food packaging can transmit the novel coronavirus, so there is currently no need to disinfect food or food packaging any more than you usually would. Just observe standard food safety and wash your hands afterward.
Don’t Forget Accessories
For any other electronic device, if the exterior is largely plastic (gaming mice, gamepads, TV remotes) it’s safe to give them a once-over with a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution.
Stay Home, Stay Safe
We know cold weather is coming to a lot of where you live and the temptation will be to abandon the relatively safe outdoor gatherings that have sustained many of us through the summer and start gathering indoors where it’s far riskier, but we’re also entering influenza season, and people are already perennially more likely to get sick during the winter. Influenza plus Covid-19 pose an increased threat. Stay home when you can, maintain a social bubble, and stay safe.