Today, it’s near impossible to watch TV, surf the Internet, play games online, or have a conversation that doesn’t have something to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. These are serious times and should be respected but not to the point of hysterics. Let eMaids of Washington D.C. show you the different qualifying disinfectants, how to properly clean, and what should be disinfected during these troubling times.
By cleaning and disinfecting your home, you might be able to kill nearly 100% of bacteria and viruses like staphylococcus, streptococcus, E. coli, salmonella, influenza, coronavirus, etc. The top three disinfectants of choice are bleach, alcohol, and chlorine. When using disinfectant wipes, make sure they contain at least 60% alcohol to aptly kill bacteria and viruses.
To properly disinfect your surfaces, make sure to completely read the instructions on the container of your disinfectant. Next, clean the surface to remove any dirt or debris then rinse. Finally, disinfect the surface according to the product label and let sit until dry, unless otherwise instructed. Immediately bag your waste and remove it from your home. The following cleaning and hygiene tips contain commonly touched surfaces that should be included in your disinfection routine.
High Touch Surfaces
- Light switches
- Door handles
- Faucets and sink handles
- Bathroom surfaces
- Drawers and knobs
- Computers and accessories
- Handheld tablets
- Game systems
- Elevator buttons
- Medical equipment
- Curtains - Use a disinfecting spray.
- Furniture - Mix 2-parts rubbing alcohol to 1-part water into a spray bottle for DIY disinfecting spray.
- Clothes - Disinfect clothes after returning from an outing each time, during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Purses and bags - Disinfect purses and bags after returning from an outing each time, during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Footwear - Disinfect shoes and boots after returning from an outing each time, during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
While it’s important to keep your living spaces clean, sanitized, and disinfected normally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend tending to your high touch surfaces and soft surfaces daily to help combat and prevent further spreading of the COVID-19 virus. Whether you’re home or out shopping for essential goods, understanding what are high-touch surfaces and how easily germs, bacteria, and viruses can spread from a simple touch is your best weapon during the COVID-19 Pandemic.