Both cleaning and disinfecting are crucial steps to be taking right now during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s important that you understand the differences between cleaning and disinfecting and that you’re disinfecting properly.
Disinfecting Is Different from Cleaning
It’s easy, especially when there isn’t a pandemic spreading like wildfire, to think that regular cleaning is good enough. Cleaning can do a lot, but it’s different from disinfecting and the CDC is recommending that everyone disinfects their home, including high-touch surfaces, as often as possible throughout the day. High-touch surfaces are those surfaces that everyone in the house is likely to touch multiple times per day, like doorknobs, toilets, counters, and remotes.
Clean First, then Disinfect
The general rule of thumb is to clean first, because that removed dust, debris, and dirt from surfaces. Once the surface is as clean as possible, it’s time to disinfect. During the cleaning process, you’re likely going to remove a big percentage of germs. But it won’t be all of them and during a pandemic you want to be as thorough as possible, so that means taking the extra step of frequent disinfection.
Use an EPA-approved Disinfectant
The EPA has collected a list of approved disinfectants to make it easier for people to find the right products. It’s important to know that because this coronavirus strain is brand new, the products you’re looking at as disinfectants have not been proven to be effective against this specific virus. When the EPA collected this list, it did so by finding disinfectants that are effective against viruses and germs that are harder to kill than the novel coronavirus. Tools like disinfecting wipes and sprays that say they kill the flu virus or other viruses is likely going to be effective now, too.
Making Your Own Disinfectant Solution
You can make your own disinfectant solutions, especially when they’re still difficult to find in the stores. Using ingredients you may have on hand already like isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or bleach is possible. You must be very careful, however, because mixing chemicals is never a good idea. If you’re making the CDC’s bleach solution, follow the recipe exactly and do not add anything else. Dilution is critical.
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