Disinfecting your Home for Viruses
We are all living in novel times as we all are figuring out a new way of living on a daily bases. As a mother of three young children keeping my family safe has been in the forefront of my mind, just as it has for many of you. Learning proper disinfecting practices with response to the Corona virus and Covid-19 can be overwhelming and feel like your getting mixed messages and information overload. At the end of the day we all just want to keep our loved ones safe.
Easy Steps to Disinfecting your Home
According to the CDC there are every day steps that we can take to easily disinfect our homes agains viruses including the Corona virus. Following the following guidelines outlined on the Center for Disease Control website.
- Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
- 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.
- Recommend use of EPA-registered household disinfectantexternal icon .
- Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
- 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.
- Diluted household bleach solutions may also be used if appropriate for the surface.
- Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection, and ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Some bleaches, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing or for whitening may not be suitable for disinfection.
- Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
- Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.
- To make a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
- Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours
- Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.
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