How to Safely Clean & Disinfect Around the Home? When it comes to cleaning and disinfection, things can get controversial. As someone who hasn’t used bleach or any harmful cleaners for close to twenty years, I am here to tell you that not using bleach doesn’t mean that everyone’s going to get sick in your house.
- Soap or Detergent: For general cleaning.
- Disinfectant: You can use commercial disinfectant sprays or make your own using household bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
- Gloves: To protect your hands from chemicals.
- Masks: Especially if cleaning in a poorly ventilated area.
- Cleaning Cloths or Disposable Wipes: To wipe surfaces.
- Trash Bags: For disposing of used cleaning materials.
- Broom, Vacuum Cleaner, and Mop: For cleaning floors.
- Safety Goggles (optional): To protect your eyes if you’re working with strong chemicals.
Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace
- Open windows and doors to ensure good ventilation.
- Remove clutter from surfaces to make cleaning and disinfecting easier.
- Put on gloves and a mask if necessary.
Step 2: Clean Before Disinfecting
- Start by cleaning surfaces with soap and water. This removes dirt, dust, and some germs.
- Pay attention to frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and faucet handles.
- Use a cloth or sponge and warm, soapy water. Rinse with clean water.
Step 3: Disinfect
- After cleaning, use a disinfectant. You can either buy a commercial one or make your own:
- For a bleach solution: Mix 1/3 cup of bleach with one gallon of water. Ensure good ventilation when using bleach.
- For a hydrogen peroxide solution: Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
- Apply the disinfectant to surfaces and let it sit for the recommended contact time (usually a few minutes).
- Don’t forget to disinfect frequently touched items like TV remotes, phones, and computer keyboards.
- Follow the instructions on the disinfectant product for the best results.
Step 4: Focus on High-Touch Areas
- Concentrate on areas that are touched frequently by multiple people, like handrails, bathroom fixtures, and kitchen appliances.
- Remember to disinfect light switches, cabinet handles, and the refrigerator door handle.
Step 5: Clean Soft Surfaces
- Soft surfaces like upholstery, carpets, and rugs can also harbor germs.
- Use appropriate cleaning products designed for soft surfaces.
- Wash removable covers in a washing machine, if possible.
Step 6: Dispose of Cleaning Materials
- Dispose of disposable wipes or cleaning cloths in a lined trash bin.
- Wash reusable cleaning cloths or sponges in hot water and detergent after each use.
Step 8: Maintain Regular Cleaning Habits
- To keep your home clean and safe, establish a regular cleaning routine.
- Pay extra attention to cleaning and disinfecting when someone in your household is sick or if you’ve had visitors.
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