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Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines: The Right Way to Stay Virus-Free

Staying at home doesn’t guarantee your safety from harmful viruses. Here are our cleaning and disinfection guidelines to help you stay clean and safe! 

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 cleaning and disinfection guidelines are here to help you lower the chances of acquiring and spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The right formula

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.

What to focus on

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: 

  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Tables
  • 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 cleaning and disinfection guidelines 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.

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