During this outbreak, we’ve all learned and have been told about how covid-19 can stay and linger on surfaces for several hours, even days depending on the type. This is where cleaning and disinfecting your home becomes crucial and essential for keeping your home safe for your family. Let’s first address that the virus is easily passed from person to person transmission via the mouth or nose from droplets such as saliva, snot, or anything that secretes from an infected person. Is there a chance of becoming infected from a surface that’s contaminated? The chances of this being likely are high if the hands touch the contaminated surface and then transfer to the nose or mouth opening. High touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and appliances are just a few surfaces that are breeding with bacteria and could be infected. 

Cleaning is the process of removing things such as dirt, grime, and dust from surfaces. Disinfecting is the process that kills viruses and bacteria from contaminated surfaces. 

Here are a few tips on how to clean and disinfect your home:

1.Gather all the right cleaning supplies

Forget any organic cleaning methods or home remedies, this is the time to use harsh ingredients such as bleach and hydrogen peroxide. 

2. Frequent hand washing

This is the most vital precaution you can do to fight against covid-19. Following CDC’s guidelines of washing your hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds, make it a habit. Wash your hands whenever you return home from going grocery shopping, the bank has stations, and from work. Prevent bringing the virus into your household and keep it safe with consistent, thorough hand washing.

3. Sanitize high surface areas

This is another important step to follow, by sanitizing high surface areas such as faucets, doorknobs, refrigerator, remote control, cell phones, staircase railings, and light switches. These various surfaces harbor so many germs and bacteria while going unnoticed. 

4. Clean surface thoroughly

Wipe away dirt, dust, and grime that’s housing bacteria from surfaces around your household by using disposable cloths or paper towels.

5. Disinfect surface thoroughly

Next is to properly disinfect, meaning wiping down surfaces with a Clorox wipe or Lysol spray.

6. Use protective gear

When cleaning surfaces, make sure to wear gloves and use them sparingly so we can conserve on the disposable ones we have. It’s also important to wash your hand’s post-cleaning.

7. Sanitize products from store and groceries

There’s no need to disinfect packages or containers, but it’s removing food and transferring it to your own containers is a good habit to get into. 

8. Swap takeout contains for home dishes

Again, we want to repeat this habit with our takeout food as well. The takeout containers are handled and sit on the counters of restaurants so we want to avoid exposing ourselves to any lingering germs.

9. Regular laundry

In addition to your regular laundry routine, try to wash on the hot setting to help kill pathogens, and always wash clothing that has been worn outside or been in contact with contaminated surfaces. The hamper is also a germ-ridden area that is far too neglected, make sure to wash the lining if possible. 

10. Dispose of packages

Any incoming mail can be opened outside and immediately trashed in the recycling bin so the fear of bringing any germs is eliminated.