While it’s important to make sure we keep our physical body safe and protected, we should be making sure our homes are being cleaned and disinfected as well.

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

According to the CDC, here are some tips on cleaning and disinfecting your home.

  1. Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting. Gloves should be thrown away after each use and if using reusable gloves – make sure those are dedicated to cleaning.
  2. Use a detergent or soap and water on hard surfaces.

  3. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) of bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. 

  4. For soft surfaces such as carpets, rugs, and drapes – remove any visible contamination and clean with appropriate cleaners.

  5. Clean electronics with disinfection. Consider using alcohol-based wipes or sprays that contains at least 70% alcohol.

For more tips, please visit the CDC.