Updated: Jan 20, 2021
While many or us organize and clean our home, how activity are we disinfecting? Every time someone goes in and out of your home, there is a possibility of bringing germs into your home. Especially during this time, we should be taking these steps regularly to keep our homes disinfected. When leaving your home to head to get groceries and back you could have brought germs back with you. When disinfecting high trafficked areas in your home we are able to slow the spread of germs and will keep you and your family healthy.
The first thing to consider are the products to use in your home to disinfect with. There are a variety of disinfectants available and CDC recommends using EPA-registered household disinfectants. The most commonly used disinfectants used are bleach, alcohol, disinfecting wipes and a variety of disinfecting sprays. And it is always recommended to read the instructions label prior to use.
You may use diluted bleach solutions on appropriate surfaces.
Read the instructions label on the bleach bottle to make sure its intended use for disinfecting and the concentration of 5-6% of sodium hypochlorite. The bottle will have instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleansers. Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute, before wiping away. To make a bleach solution, mix 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water.
HOW TO DISINFECT
First step with disinfectants you should always start by reading the instructions label on the the product. Most commonly used products recommend leaving the solution on the surface for a specific time period. For example the label or instructions on bleach recommend leaving it on the surface for at least 1 minute. You should also consider the type of surface you are disinfecting and use the appropriate cleaner to do so.
When disinfecting your home keep in the mind the high trafficked areas.
Aside from these high trafficked areas, bathrooms and kitchens are also most common places for germs.
For electronics, such as phones, keyboards, computers, remotes, touch screens.
Consider using a wipe able cover on phones
Use a disinfectant wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol
WHEN ARRIVING HOME
One of the best ways to keep germs out of your home is to take some steps when you first arrive after being out in the world.
Leave shoes at the door
Set phone and purse (any items you have been holding throughout the public)
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
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