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June 10, 2020

How to Disinfect Your Home if Someone Has COVID-19

Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

COVID-9 continues to spread across the United States. If you or a loved one has been sick, it’s important to disinfect your home to help stop the spread of the virus and protect others in the house. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shared new guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your home. It’s important to follow these steps to ensure your space is safe: 

●    Always wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting.
●    Use a disinfectant that is EPA-registered. 
●    First, clean surfaces with soap and water, then follow up with disinfectant.
●    Check out the EPA’s six steps for safe and effective disinfectant use.
●    Ensure you clean “high touch” surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

You can also use diluted household bleach to clean some surfaces, but be sure to read all labels before using a bleach solution. To make a bleach solution, mix 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of room temperature water, or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of room temperature water.

Cleaning and disinfecting techniques can vary somewhat, depending on the surface. Check out the CDC’s recommendations for cleaning each surface. 

Most importantly, continue washing your hands frequently, follow safety guidelines and stay at home when possible to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.