Coronavirus is officially a pandemic and a national emergency. Washing your hands frequently is one of the best steps you can take in preventing coronavirus. However, the virus can still cling to surfaces you carry with you into your sanctuary; clothes, shoes, phone. Here are five ways to keep your home sanitized from the coronavirus.
Use Disinfectant Wipes to Clean Surfaces
Think about the things you touch multiple times a day, such as doorknobs, sinks, cabinet handles, refrigerator doors, remote controls. How many germs are lingering on those surfaces that you may not think about?
To keep the germs at bay, use a disinfectant wipe to quickly sanitize those areas. Once or twice a day should do the trick to remove germs. After you wipe the area, let it air dry to give it time to kill any bacteria that could linger.
Use Bleach Mixture to Clean Floors
To clean the floors in your kitchen and bathroom, the CDC recommends using 1 cup of bleach mixed with 5 gallons of water to mop your floors. Note that you’ll need to use a different disinfectant for porous floors. For example, if you use bleach on hardwood, it can remove the stain color. Instead, use a disinfecting wet mop cloth on your hardwood floors or combine half a cup of white vinegar and 1 gallon of water.
Clean up with Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide isn’t only effective for whitening teeth. In fact, the CDC says that 3% hydrogen peroxide was able to inactivate rhinovirus within eight minutes. When you pour the substance directly on surfaces like your sink, countertops or toilets, you’ll need to let it soak for around 10-15 minutes. This will give it time to completely do its job. After you let it sit, scrub the area and then rinse with water. It’s also safe to clean your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide since the bristles can harbor bacteria.
Keep your Home Protected with Microban 24
A new product released by Proctor and Gamble called Microban 24 claims to keep surfaces protected for 24 hours. The antibacterial cleaner comes in several forms, including a disinfectant spray, a bathroom cleaner and a multipurpose cleaner. Although it isn’t on the EPA list, the company says that when it’s used as directed as a disinfectant, it is effective against viruses, including coronavirus.
If used every day, this can help prevent germs from living on surfaces in your home. A good method would be to start your morning off by sanitizing with the Microban 24 so that your house is protected all day.
Clean Your Car of Coronavirus
While you’re out, you’re exposed to germs and viruses that can follow you back into your car. A good idea is to sanitize these parts on a daily basis: Car door handles and controls, keys or start button, steering wheel, shifter, seats, all buttons and knobs on your dash, sun visor, anything touchscreen, the console and cup holders.
You can use disinfectant wipes on most surfaces, excluding any leather and touchscreens. There are specific wipes made for cleaning your car’s leather. If your car has a touchscreen, you’ll want to use a microfiber cloth to wipe it down (unless your manual says otherwise). For cloth seats, a spray like Lysol is considered effective when given time to dry.
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