A lot of people today consider staying at home as one of the ways of staying safe from the COVID-19 pandemic we are all facing. However, our homes can also welcome infectious germs. This is why the Centers for Disease Control suggests that everyone must take steps to clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces in our homes to minimize the risk of getting sick. These high-touch surfaces include doorknobs, countertops, toilet flush handles, and cellphones since some virus can live on surfaces for several hours.
Contaminated objects and surfaces at home can also be important in the transmission of disease. So, if you think that someone at risk of carrying the virus has been staying in your home, cleaning and disinfecting will reduce the amount of contamination on surfaces may greatly cut down your risk of further transmission of coronavirus.
The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfection
It’s very important to make a distinction between cleaning and disinfection. Cleaning is the method of physically removing organic matter including germs and dirt from surfaces. On the other hand, disinfection means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This is why cleaning is very crucial since organic matter may forbid or reduce the disinfectant’s ability to kill germs.
How Long Will Coronavirus Stay in the House?
Although there is no exact answer to how long this virus can survive on surfaces, it is also similar to other coronaviruses, it can also survive a few hours– possibly up to several days. So how long will it survive? It depends on what the surface is made of, humidity, temperature.
Target Your Home’s High-Touch Surfaces
Researchers have discovered that the novel coronavirus is able to live on surfaces like cardboard for 24 hours, and two or three days on plastic and stainless steel. Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces is a step that every homeowner should all take, even if they are just staying at home all the time. Items or people can come in and out of your home, this is why there is still some chances of exposure.
High-Touch Surfaces That Should be Cleaned and Disinfected Daily:
- Table Surfaces
- Hard Dining Chairs (arms, back, seat)
- Kitchen Counters
- Bathroom Counters
- Faucets and Faucet Knobs
- Toilets (handle and seat)
- Light Switches
- TV Remote Controls
- Game Controllers
However, according to most home builders, it’s important to remember that everyone’s home is a bit different. So focus on the surfaces you interact with most. Now that you already have an idea of what to clean, here’s the proper way you can do it.
Clean First, Disinfect Next
The first step you must do is to clean the surfaces by removing any contaminants, debris, or dust. You may do this by wiping them with soapy water or a cleaning spray using a hand towel. After that, it’s time to apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. The fastest and effortless way to do this is with disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray.
It’s really easy! Just incorporate these steps to your daily routine to reduce the risk of infection for you and any family member in your home. If it’s not possible for now to get disinfectants, just perform a thorough work with the soap or cleaning agents you already have. Here are great disinfectants we highly recommend using:
- Disinfecting wipes
- Disinfectant spray
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
Other Options for Disinfectants (If There is No Available Stock in Stores)
Since store shelves are sometimes empty in a lot of places, particularly in the cleaning section, there are still plenty of options that are available to clean your house. The very first thing in your options is to use a lot of soap, water, and scrubbing which can make a big difference.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), there is a recipe for a homemade cleaning solution using household bleach. Here’s how you can make a homemade bleach disinfectant spray:
- Get 4 teaspoons household bleach.
- Get 1-quart water.
- Pour the bleach and water into a one-quart spray bottle, then shake strongly.
- Spray on surface to disinfect and let it sit for 10 minutes, then wipe away with a wet cloth.
Remember that bleach can be excessive in most cases. Never mix bleach solution with any other cleaning chemical. Just use it as your last option if you are not able to get any other kind of disinfectant. However, remember to wear gloves and have proper ventilation with bleach, and always be careful!