By staying at home, we can dramatically reduce the risk of contracting or spreading germs and viruses. But it’s not enough to make sure we’re safe from harmful pathogens that may cause sickness.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urges everyone to take action in our own households and educate ourselves how to properly clean and prevent the spread of diseases.
These DIY cleaning and disinfection tips are here to help you lower the chances of acquiring and spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Wash your hands
A common advice for a good reason — washing your hands is the best way to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19 and other diseases. Washing your hands properly, for 20 seconds or more, washes away pathogens which causes the disease.
Wash your hands especially after coughing, sneezing, and touching frequently touched surfaces.
Use DIY bleach disinfectant spray
There are many ready-to-use cleaning solutions available in the market, but there’s another option to clean surfaces and items at home. Using household bleach, the CDC recommends a recipe for a homemade cleaning solution.
The formula consists of the following:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of room temperature water
*The bleach solution will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
Diluted household bleach solutions can be used on most surfaces. You may apply properly by ensuring contact time of at least one minute and allowing proper ventilation during and after application. Remember, DO NOT mix household bleach with ammonia and other solutions. When properly diluted, household bleach can be effective against viruses.
Focus on high-touch surfaces
Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces is another effective way of killing harmful pathogens. As you may know, the novel coronavirus is capable of living on surfaces for long periods of time, making these surfaces a magnet for viruses.
Make sure to target these high-touch surfaces:
- Light switches
- Chairs (seat, back, and arms)
- Kitchen counters
- Bathroom counters
- Faucets and knobs
- Toilets (seat and handle)
- Electronic devices
To clean and disinfect electronic devices, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes. You may also use a solution with at least 70% alcohol for touch screens.
These DIY cleaning and disinfection tips serve as a gentle reminder on how to effectively clean your surroundings to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
By working together, we can limit the survival of SARS-CoV-2, which may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces and threaten the safety of our environment.