How to Safely Clean & Disinfect Around the Home

How to Safely Clean & Disinfect Around the Home

How to Safely Clean & Disinfect Around the Home? When it comes to cleaning and disinfection, things can get controversial. As someone who hasn’t used bleach or any harmful cleaners for close to twenty years, I am here to tell you that not using bleach doesn’t mean that everyone’s going to get sick in your house.

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Materials Needed:

  1. Soap or Detergent: For general cleaning.
  2. Disinfectant: You can use commercial disinfectant sprays or make your own using household bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Gloves: To protect your hands from chemicals.
  4. Masks: Especially if cleaning in a poorly ventilated area.
  5. Cleaning Cloths or Disposable Wipes: To wipe surfaces.
  6. Trash Bags: For disposing of used cleaning materials.
  7. Broom, Vacuum Cleaner, and Mop: For cleaning floors.
  8. Safety Goggles (optional): To protect your eyes if you’re working with strong chemicals.

Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace

  • Open windows and doors to ensure good ventilation.
  • Remove clutter from surfaces to make cleaning and disinfecting easier.
  • Put on gloves and a mask if necessary.

Step 2: Clean Before Disinfecting

  • Start by cleaning surfaces with soap and water. This removes dirt, dust, and some germs.
  • Pay attention to frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and faucet handles.
  • Use a cloth or sponge and warm, soapy water. Rinse with clean water.

Step 3: Disinfect

  • After cleaning, use a disinfectant. You can either buy a commercial one or make your own:
    • For a bleach solution: Mix 1/3 cup of bleach with one gallon of water. Ensure good ventilation when using bleach.
    • For a hydrogen peroxide solution: Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
  • Apply the disinfectant to surfaces and let it sit for the recommended contact time (usually a few minutes).
  • Don’t forget to disinfect frequently touched items like TV remotes, phones, and computer keyboards.
  • Follow the instructions on the disinfectant product for the best results.

Step 4: Focus on High-Touch Areas

  • Concentrate on areas that are touched frequently by multiple people, like handrails, bathroom fixtures, and kitchen appliances.
  • Remember to disinfect light switches, cabinet handles, and the refrigerator door handle.

Step 5: Clean Soft Surfaces

  • Soft surfaces like upholstery, carpets, and rugs can also harbor germs.
  • Use appropriate cleaning products designed for soft surfaces.
  • Wash removable covers in a washing machine, if possible.

Step 6: Dispose of Cleaning Materials

  • Dispose of disposable wipes or cleaning cloths in a lined trash bin.
  • Wash reusable cleaning cloths or sponges in hot water and detergent after each use.

Step 8: Maintain Regular Cleaning Habits

  • To keep your home clean and safe, establish a regular cleaning routine.
  • Pay extra attention to cleaning and disinfecting when someone in your household is sick or if you’ve had visitors.

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