In these uncertain times, we are hyper-aware of the need to maintain a healthy home and body. The CDC is a great place to start when looking for the most accurate information and effective solutions. Please find below CDC recommendations for disinfecting. These can also be found at the CDC website.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces
It is critical to read and follow the safety instructions on any product you use. For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. Below are the most important safety guidelines when using sanitizing products:
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner
- Wear rubber or other non-porous boots, gloves, and eye protection
- Try not to breathe in product fumes. If using products indoors, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter
- Use regular unscented 5%—6% household bleach
- Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted
- Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
When using a bleach mixture, for surfaces that do not soak up water (examples: floors, stoves, sinks, countertops, plates, and tools):
- Clean surface with soap and water first
- Rinse with clean water
- Sanitize using the directed mixture
- Allow to air dry
For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:
- Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely, or use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces.
- Household members should clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
- Household members should follow normal preventive actions while at work and home including recommended hand hygiene and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
We hope you have found value in this CDC recommendations for disinfecting information and as always, feel free to contact us about home home cleaning and organizing needs at 248-844-3191.