There is no denying the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has reshaped the way we think about everything, including the way we clean our homes. 

Viruses and germs can be spread from person to person, or from touching unclean surfaces where germs can live. That is why it is important to make sure that you are cleaning and disinfecting your house during these times. Now, that does not mean you need to panic clean every single day. It just means you need to read the labels on everyday products to make sure that you clean and disinfect the right way. 

When you’re ready to start cleaning and disinfecting your home it is important to know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you focus your attention on areas of high touch, such as countertops, doorknobs, light switches, cellphones, and toilet handles. Pathogens can lie on these surfaces for several hours. 

Use wipes, sprays, and concentrates that say “disinfectant” on the label when you’re cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces in your home. Here is a list of all EPA approved products for use against the virus that causes COVID-19. For all cleaning products, it is important that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. For example, one instruction may tell you how long to leave the disinfectant on the surface before wiping it off. There’s no point in wiping off the disinfectant before it has time to kill the germs and viruses.  If you don’t want to use disinfectants and prefer to use a homemade solution, the CDC recommends mixing a quarter cup of household chlorine bleach with one gallon of cool water. 

Cleaning food-preparation surfaces like countertops and cutting boards before each use is another way to stop the spread of viruses and germs throughout your house. You’ll also want to have two separate surfaces when dealing with uncooked foods such as raw chicken or meat. You do not want food that does not need to be cooked such as vegetables on the same surface that you had raw meat on.

When it comes time to kill germs on cloth, use detergent and bleach for white clothing, and peroxide or color-safe bleach for colors. You can also dry clothes on the dryers hot cycle for 45 minutes to kill germs. 

Washing your hands is the biggest way to stop the spread of viruses and gems. It is recommended by the CDC to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you’re unable to use soap and water, use hand sanitizers that are at least 60% alcohol. When you wash your hands frequently, you’re keeping germs and viruses from traveling from one surface to the other, and to more people.