It’s more important than ever to keep your house clean as the global spread of the coronavirus continues. The virus appears to spread via respiratory droplets and can remain alive for days on surfaces, meaning that now is the time to clean your home thoroughly. Frequent cleaning of surfaces in high-traffic areas will do a lot to keep your family safe, along with other precautions like handwashing, not touching your face, and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Clean frequently touched surfaces
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is to wash your hands frequently and wipe down surfaces that are frequently touched. The EPA says you can use the following cleaning sprays against the virus, including Clorox bleach, Ecolab’s multi-purpose disinfectant cleaner, and Kimberly-Clark’s Hitman Spray or Wipe.
Here are a few areas to tackle:
- Light switches
- Cabinet handles
- Drawer handles
- Toilet handles
- Microwave handle and buttons
- Coffee pot handle
- Filtered water pitcher handle
- Refrigerator door handle
- Hard-backed chairs
- TV remotes
How to clean your phone
If you haven’t cleaned your phone in a while, it is past time to give it some attention. Have an iPhone? Apple says it’s safe to wipe down phone screens with a Clorox Disinfectant Wipe or 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe.
Tips on staying healthy
- Home: Wash hands as soon as you get home, before and after food preparation, before eating, after using the bathroom, and after touching garbage. If you’re caring for someone who is sick, be extra cautious with your cleaning, frequently laundering sheets and towels.
- Work: Wash your hands as soon as you arrive in the office, before eating, and after using the bathroom. Avoid eating any communal snacks. If you feel sick, please stay home and encourage your colleagues to do the same.
- Shopping: Avoid touching your face after you touch anything other people may have touched. Use an antibacterial wipe on the grocery cart handle. If using reusable bags, be sure to wash them when you get home.
- Traveling: Stay at least six feet away from anyone who is sneezing, coughing, or blowing their nose. Wash your hands after going through security and after getting off the plane. Carry disinfectant wipes to wipe down the tray table and its latch and your seatbelt clasp as well.
Stay safe and healthy out there! If you don’t have to leave your house for work, please stay home so we can stop the spread of the coronavirus.