Tips for Covid-19: Safely Disinfecting Your Home

We are still learning how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces, and how far the virus travels in the air (current estimate: 6 feet or more). Whether you’re in isolation, self-quarantine, or practicing aggressive social distancing, reducing the risk of infection in your home is always good practice. In addition to frequent hand washing, use a disinfectant to clean surfaces that frequently come into contact with humans several times a day (be careful with electronics!). These include, but are not limited to:

– Countertops and cabinet handles
– Faucets, knobs and spigots
– Inside the car (dashboard, center console, car/booster seats, and buttons
– Dining tables
– Musical instruments
– Toilet seats
– Door handles
– Remote controls
– Cell phones, tablets, and similar devices
– Purses
– Washer and dryer

Do not just spray: spray and wipe each surface. Be sure to use disposable kitchen or hand towels to further reduce the spread of infection. Wash your hands when you’re finished.

Additionally, be sure to take the appropriate safety precautions when using chemicals and disinfectants. Make sure the space is well-ventilated so you can access fresh air, and refrain from mixing substances in an attempt to increase potency or effect. This Good Housekeeping article from 2019 provides some helpful tips for using disinfectants.

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