How to Disinfect Your Home

During these uncertain times, we are continuously reminded of the importance of keeping both ourselves and our surroundings clean and disinfected. Did you know cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing? When you clean, you are removing the dirt and germs from a surface, usually using just soap. When you disinfect a surface, you are killing the pathogens, often done using specific chemicals. Disinfecting is more important than ever, because many of the viruses that make us sick, including COVID-19, are transmitted person-to-person from shared contact with objects and surfaces.

How to Disinfect:

  1. Clean -The first step to disinfecting a surface or object is to clean it. Wipe away dust and other debris first using either soapy water or a cleaning spray. This is because disinfecting will be more effective if the surface has been cleaned first.
  2. Disinfect – Once a surface has been cleaned properly, it is ready to be disinfected. Using a disinfectant in the form of wipes or a spray is the easiest way. Make sure to read and follow the directions on the bottle or container to ensure you are getting the most benefit from your disinfectant.

Common Disinfectants:

  1. Wipes – Clorox, Lysol (or store brand equivalents)
  2. Sprays – Purell, Clorox, Lysol
  3. Other options – Isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide also work.

You can find a list of EPA recommended disinfectants that kill the COVID-19 virus here. If you cannot find any of these in store, or you don’t wish to leave your house, try this homemade cleaning solution recipe recommended by the CDC. If you choose to use this solution, remember to wear gloves and make sure the room you are disinfecting is properly ventilated. Bleach should be used as a last resort in most cases.

Homemade Bleach Disinfectant Spray:

  • 4 teaspoons of household bleach
  • 1 quart of water

Combine in spray bottle, and shake. To use spray on a surface, spray and leave for 10 minutes, and then wipe it up with a wet cloth.

Areas to Remember to Clean and Disinfect Regularly:

  • Doorknobs
  • Light Switches
  • Remotes and game controllers
  • Faucets
  • Kitchen/Bathroom Counters
  • Tables
  • Phones
  • Keyboards
  • Computer Mouse

These are just a few of the many areas in your home that are touched regularly throughout the day. Consider the daily activities you do around your home throughout the day and make a list of all the areas that you come in contact with most.

It is more important than ever to keep ourselves and our community safe and healthy. This becomes even more important if you are elderly or sick. Learn about how Freedom Home Care can help take care of you and your loved ones during this challenging time by reaching out to us today.