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When it comes to protecting yourself and others from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), regularly cleaning and disinfecting your home and work environment is highly recommended.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – can live for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of material. The CDC recommends preventing coronavirus by cleaning and disinfecting your home.
To keep you and your family healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, there are certain everyday items and areas of your home that you should be cleaning and disinfecting regularly. Here are 10 essential to disinfect and clean during the COVID-19 outbreak:
According to Asurion, a global tech care and protection company, the average American checks their phones 96 times a day or once every 10 minutes. Considering how much we touch our phones, it’s vital that you properly clean your device per the manufacturer’s instructions. If no manufacturer guidance is available, wipe the surface using a microfiber cloth to remove visible grime, then use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect the screens. If you use a protective phone cover, be sure to clean and disinfect that as well.
With so many crevices that easily trap dust and dirt, it’s important to clean your keyboard thoroughly and often. Start by turning the keyboard upside down and shaking it gently (for laptops, completely shut down first) or use a compressed air duster to remove dirt below the keys. To disinfect, carefully wipe the top and sides of each key with a 70% alcohol wipe. Be sure to clean the top and bottom surface of the keyboard as well, but don’t let the alcohol drip into the keys. Don’t forget to disinfect your mouse!
For many of us in quarantine, more time at home means more time watching TV. If your remote has become much more important in your household, be sure to clean and disinfect as often as possible. To clean your remote, first clear out debris using a dry toothbrush. Then use a cotton swab or cotton ball dipped in mild cleaner (and squeezed nearly dry) to disinfect the surface of the remote and around the buttons.
It’s also important to make sure that the trusty reusable water bottle you carry everywhere is properly clean. Whether it is stainless steel, plastic, or made from another hard material, it’s important to sanitize it at the end of each day. Be sure to empty the water bottle and wash it with a mixture of antibacterial dish soap and hot water. Or simply pop it in the dishwasher!
These are high-touch items many people tend to overlook when cleaning their home because touching them is so instinctual. Be sure to pay special attention to these doorknobs and light switches located in high-traffic areas of your household, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, and your front door. You can disinfect both these items simply by using disinfecting wipes. Just make sure that the liquid doesn’t drip in into the light switch outlet.
Because we are washing our hands so often to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are touching our faucets handles more than ever. Be sure to clean faucet handles in your kitchen and bathrooms daily with disinfectant wipes or spray.
According to the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), toothbrush holders are the third-most germy household item. Fortunately, washing this item is as simple as washing a dish. Toss the toothbrush holder in the dishwasher or simply wash with hot soapy water twice a week. While you are washing the holder, soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash or baking soda and water to clear germs and bacteria.
When it comes to laundry, always check the manufacturer’s instructions before washing. However, the CDC recommends using the warmest appropriate water setting and to thoroughly dry towel and linens on high heat to beat any lingering germs. Avoid sharing towels with others in your household before washing them. At the very least, wash your bed sheets once every seven days.
Considering how much we are eating at home these days, it’s a good idea to wipe your kitchen counter down at least once a day. Using disposable gloves, first clear the counter of any lingering crumbs or food particles. Use soap and water or another detergent to clean the surface, then wipe down the counter with a household disinfectant. Remember to discard your gloves after cleaning
If you are still driving to work these days, make sure to remember to disinfect your steering wheel. Use a microfiber cloth and disinfecting spray to wipe all the way around your steering wheel every time you get in and out of the car. Also, be sure to change your filters regularly, wipe down your vents, and vacuum your car often.
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