Proper Use of PPE: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

It may be possible for someone to contract the COVID-19 virus through touching an infected surface and then directly transferring it to their body by touching their mouth, nose and/or eyes. Diligently cleaning high traffic areas and disinfecting well used surfaces such as countertops and door handles at regular intervals can reduce the chances of the virus being transmitted.

First Step: Cleaning
Cleaning your hands with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt, and impurities on them so that you will be less likely to transfer germs to another surface, which will help prevent the spread of disease. In combination with proper hand-washing technique, practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, such as:

  • Tables
  • Keyboards
  • Doorknobs
  • Toilets
  • Light switches
  • Faucets
  • Countertops
  • Sinks
  • Handles
  • Phones
  • Desks
  • etc.

  • Next Step: Disinfecting
    Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces and is especially recommended for households with sick or at-risk family members. Some disinfectants require that liquids remain wet on a surface for a specific amount of time to do their job properly. Follow the instructions on the label for maximum effect.
    Read the EPA’s infographic on how to use household disinfectant products safely and effectively.

  • Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24hours.
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.
  • Sources
    Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
    Six Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectatn Use

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