Tips for Keeping Your Home Disinfected

Tips for Keeping Your Home Disinfected

If you’re among the millions of Americans concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak, you’re not alone. Although we cannot control the environments that are outside of our homes, there are things we can do to help ensure the insides of our homes remain disinfected.

Start with your shoes

If you wear your shoes inside of your home, you may want to reconsider. Some experts have started to recommend removing your shoes as soon as you walk though the door. One homeowner we spoke with said she’s begun to leave a towel and bottle of Lysol spray by her front door. When she walks into her home, she removes her shoes, turns them upside down, and sprays down the soles.

Consider a daily wipe-down routine

There are lots of things within the home that are touched on a daily basis, such as light switches, door handles, computers, television remotes and cell phones. To prevent the spread of germs, you may want to consider starting a daily wipe-down routine. A second homeowner we spoke with said that wiping down commonly touched surfaces is something she’s started to do each morning. Don’t forget to wipe down exterior door handles.

Wash your hands for 20 seconds every time you come home

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said that hand washing is among the best ways you can protect you (and your loved ones) from getting sick. They recommend washing your hands before, during and after you prepare food, before eating, after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing and after touching garbage. In today’s environment, you should also wash your hands every time you return to your home. Lather the fronts and backs of your hands, in between your fingers and under your nails. Be sure to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.

Create homemade disinfectant

If you don’t have disinfecting cleaning solutions, you can make homemade disinfectant using rubbing alcohol and water. You’ll want to use a 1:1 ratio, so if you have 8 ounces of rubbing alcohol, you’ll want to mix it with 8 ounces of water.  The CDC recommends using a 70% alcohol solution (the concentration level should be listed on the bottle). If you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand, you can make a similar disinfectant with bleach. To do this, you’ll want to mix 1/3 cup of bleach with each gallon of water. Do not mix bleach with other cleaning supplies, because this could create a dangerous chemical reaction.

Do you have additional tips that we haven’t covered? We’d love to hear them in the comments.