When it comes to keeping your most frequently-touched surfaces cleaned and sanitized, the CDC recommends starting with these items:
- Doorknobs and handles
- Light switches
The CDC recommends first cleaning any dirt and grime with soap and water and then sanitizing the surface. To sanitize, use diluted (1/3 C. Bleach to 1 gallon water ) chlorine bleach (as long as the solution is safe for the surface) or 70 percent alcohol. Be sure to follow directions for dwell time for the disinfectant you are using, as allowing disinfectant to sit on a surface is of primary importance in order to kill germs. While it is nearly impossible to do a full deep-clean on our house every day, if we focus on these most frequently-touched surfaces, we can go a long way to preventing the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses.
Here are some special tips for other frequently touched items:
How to Safely Do Laundry
When doing laundry, including clothing, bed linens and towels, the CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves and washing your hands with soap and water as soon as you remove the gloves to help stop the spread of germs. Also, don’t shake laundry — this may disperse germs through the air. “Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions,” the CDC says. “Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.” And don’t forget to clean and sanitize laundry hampers because germs can linger there.
How to Clean and Sanitize Electronics
Being inside our homes all day, every day, we are bound to be using our electronics much more frequently. For cleaning electronics such as laptops, tablets, phones, keyboards and remote controls, the CDC says to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you can’t find any instructions, you can usually use an alcohol-based wipe or spray that contains 70 percent alcohol. Be careful not to saturate electronics such as keyboards and remote controls. Wet a rag then dab sanitizer on surface and allow to dry.
These tips will ensure a safe and thorough cleaning of your most frequently-touched items.
Cleaned + Sanitized = A Healthier Environment