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While staying at home remains the best practice right now, going out isn’t something everyone can postpone indefinitely. Taking the right precautions on grocery runs, errands, and the occasional meal can help reduce your exposure to the coronavirus. Disinfecting — that is, killing pathogens — is an essential part of keeping your home environment safe and healthy.

Incorporate these tips into your daily and weekly cleaning routine for a virus-free home as you navigate the new normal.

Clean first

Disinfectants eliminate germs, but what many don’t know is that they don’t clean surfaces. Surfaces must be cleaned before they’re disinfected, because disinfectants lose some of their effectiveness on dirty surfaces. Pathogens can even survive under a layer of dirt. Luckily, soap and water is enough to sufficiently prep a dirty surface.

Make your own disinfecting solution

Out of Lysol sprays and Clorox cleaning wipes? You can make your own disinfectant using the right proportion of water and bleach. The CDC recommends mixing one part bleach to 48 parts water. That’s eight ounces of water for every teaspoon of bleach.

Since bleach degrades quickly once diluted, mix up just enough solution for one day, pour it into a spray bottle, and use.

Let the solution sit

Disinfectants, bleach-based or not, are only effective at killing pathogens if they’re allowed to remain on a surface for a certain period of time. Resist the urge to wipe surfaces dry right after you spray them. Instead, wait 10 minutes — the CDC-recommended “dwell time” — then wipe with a wet cloth.

A word about cleaning solutions: high-strength bleach solutions are only recommended for hard, non-porous surfaces like tile. Avoid using them on metal, granite or wood and opt for non-bleach sanitizers for these surfaces.

Disinfect high-touch surfaces daily

Personal contact poses the greatest risk in contracting the novel coronavirus, but it never hurts to err on the side of caution. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces every day, especially if you have to go out for something. High-touch surfaces include countertops, doorknobs, cabinet handles, light switches, kitchen appliances, the bathroom, and personal electronic devices.

Put outside clothes through the wash

Do you have a job or errand that makes contact with the outside world regular? Change out of your clothes as soon as you come home and take them straight to the laundry room. Regular laundry detergent and a higher dryer temperature than usual are adequate enough to kill germs.

If it’s impractical to do a load after each trip outside, don’t forget to clean and disinfect everything your clothes came in contact with. You can do this while the washing machine is cleaning your laundry from the past few days or week

Wipe electronic devices with alcohol

Since smartphones, laptops, keyboards, and mice are sensitive to moisture, clean and disinfect with an isopropyl alcohol solution. A microfiber cloth moistened with a 50 to 70 percent alcohol solution works well. Wipe down every inch that you can touch, and use cotton swabs for hard-to-reach sections. 

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