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How to Clean and Disinfect Your Home From Coronavirus.

Updated: May 5, 2020

Plus, learn where the Coronavirus can survive up to 5 days - it's overlooked by most people on their daily cleanin

g checklist.


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The Centers for Disease Control recommends cleaning and sanitizing all high touch surfaces in your home during the Coronavirus outbreak. While transmission from person to person is certainly a greater risk than transmission from touching surfaces, it’s still important to perform a daily cleaning regime to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Follow these tips to keep yourself and your home clean and virus free.

Did You Know That Cleaning and Disinfecting Are Different?

Which is more important? Well, both. The CDC recommends both cleaning and disinfecting regularly, even if no one in your home is sick. Understanding these differences from the CDC below will ensure that you are cleaning to the highest standard possible.

  • Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

  • Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.


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Start With Your High Touch Areas

Even if you’re practicing social distancing, working from home, and limiting your trips to only those that are essential outside the home, there’s still risk of exposure. The Coronavirus can survive up to two to three days on material such as plastic and steel, and 24 hours on other surface such as cardboard.

Related: How Long Can the Coronavirus Live On Various Surfaces

Live Science How Long Will The Coronavirus Last On Various Surfaces Make sure you cleaning and disinfecting these common surfaces:

  • Kitchen counters

  • Faucets and Faucet Knobs

  • Light Switches

  • Dining Chairs (Back, Arms, Seat)

  • Bathroom Counters

  • Door Knobs

  • TV Remotes

  • Phones

  • Gaming Devices

  • Toilets - Lids, Handles

  • Computer Keyboards

  • Tabletops

  • Refrigerator Doors/Handles

  • Microwave Doors/Handles

  • Drawer Pulls

  • Bed Linens

  • Dishes, Pottery, Mugs

  • Windows and Other Glass - Did You know that Coronavirus can survive up to five days on glass surfaces

Establish a Daily Routine

Set aside a consistent each day to routinely clean the areas above. If possible, enlist the help of family members to help make this a quick process.

Kitchen Tips

Keep a bottle of disinfectant close by. Make sure that you clean all areas where you are prepping food and high contact areas such as your faucet handles, microwave, oven, dishwasher, counters, and cabinet knobs/pulls. Have a designated spot outside the home to clean and disinfect groceries before bringing them into the house.

While Coronavirus doesn't seem to spread from exposure to food, it's still a good idea to wash fruits and vegetables. Consider a special wash for fruits and vegetables. If you don't have access to a wash, you can scrub them with a brush and use water to rinse them.

Where possible, dispose of grocery bags. Make sure to empty trash daily.

Bathroom Tips

Viruses can linger on wet surfaces longer than hard surfaces. Make sure that you wash towels frequently in hot water. Don’t forget to empty the trash, clean all handles, knobs, toilet seats, mats and the floor daily.

The Bedroom and Other Soft Surfaces

Launder bedding according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest possible water setting and make sure all items are completely dry. Try not to shake laundry to disperse particles into the air.

Electronic Tips

Keyboards, mice, phones, remotes and gaming devices are all breeding grounds for bacteria and virus. Follow the manufacturer’s guidance for cleaning and disinfecting. If there’s no available guidance, use alcohol wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol and allow surfaces to dry thoroughly.

List of Approved EPA Disinfectants

What If You Don't Have a Disinfectant? Can You Make Your Own?

If you're having a hard time finding an approved disinfectant online or at your local grocery, you're not alone. You can make your own disinfectant with a simple bleach solution. Just be sure that bleach will not harm the surface you are cleaning and be sure to use in well ventilated areas and with gloves.

  • 4 teaspoons household bleach

  • 1 quart water

  • Pour both into one quart spray bottle, shake vigorously

  • Spray on surface to disinfect, let sit for 10 minutes, wipe away with wet cloth

Some Chemicals Shouldn't Mix.....

A good reminder from The Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department that some chemicals shouldn't be mixed!

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