Tips to Properly Disinfect Your Home in Time of COVID-19


During the coronavirus outbreak, the public is advised to stay indoors to keep themselves safe. Since our homes are considered as our safe haven, we must also pay attention to keeping it clean and sanitized all the time. Here’s how to properly disinfect your home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the novel coronavirus can live on surfaces for two to three days. This means that the virus can dwell in the frequently touched surfaces in your home, including your doorknobs, tabletops, and many more.

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How should we disinfect our home in times of COVID-19?

While the rate of COVID-19 surface transmission is very low, CDC advises the public to err on the side of caution and keep their houses clean.

One of the most effective ways of keeping your home safe from COVID-19 is by disinfecting. What is the proper way to disinfect your home? Here’s everything you need to know:

1. Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, toilets, countertops, and light switches should be disinfected regularly.

2. In cleaning, a diluted household bleach solution is the best in fighting COVID-19. You can also use an alcohol-based solution with at least 70% alcohol. If none of these is available, CDC recommends using soap and water.

3. While disinfecting surfaces, make sure to wear disposable gloves. Wash your hands right after cleaning.

4. Electronics such as cellphones, tablets, keyboards, and remote controls can be cleaned by using alcohol-based wipes.

Read also: 6 Tips to Protect Your Kids From Coronavirus

What to do if a household member just came back from outside

If you go out in public, you risk catching the virus from respiratory droplets of other infected or asymptomatic people. If you came from crowded areas such as the supermarket or the hospital, experts recommend taking a shower right away and soaking your clothing in bleach or detergent.

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Should I disinfect my groceries and produce?

Some people are worried that coronavirus might linger on grocery items, such as fruits and vegetables, that’s why they are also disinfecting these items.

However, disinfecting produce may do more harm than good. Washing your produce with soap and water can be harmful because of the substances in the liquid detergent. Experts also do not recommend leaving your groceries out in the sun.

If you’re using eco-bags for your grocery items, make sure to immediately wash them after use. According to the CDC, there is no reported case yet of COVID-19 transmission via food.

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