Welcome to part two of this four-part series on cleaning and disinfecting your home during COVID-19. We are happy to see that you have returned to learn more, and we are going to pick up where we left off. In this series, we will talk about disinfecting your home and how to make a disinfectant solution.

One of the things that you do want to keep in the back of your mind is who is in your household. What we mean by this is that if someone in your household is ill, has allergies, or has asthma, disinfectant products may exacerbate the symptoms for them. Always use chemicals with care and think about those who will be around them.

If you have not been able to find any disinfectant products or you do not have any on hand, diluted bleach is the next best option and is effective against COVID-19 when it is unexpired and diluted properly.

Tips for using bleach as a disinfectant:

  • ALWAYS use a bleach solution of 5.25 to 8.25 percent hypochlorite
  • NEVER mix bleach with ammonia or other chemicals as it can be deadly
  • Make sure your bleach is within date and NOT expired
  • Follow ALL of the labels, warnings, and instructions on the label
  • ONLY use bleach in a well-ventilated area

Making a Bleach Solution at Home

Option A:

  • Mix together 1/3 cup of bleach per one gallon of room temperature water

Option B:

  • Mix 4 teaspoons of bleach per one quart of room temperature water

The bleach solution you make will be effective for disinfecting for 24 hours. If you do not have bleach on hand, it is recommended that you use an alcohol solution that contains a minimum of 70 percent of alcohol.

Soft Surfaces: Cleaning and Disinfecting Them

Soft surfaces need to be disinfected to ensure that coronavirus is not spread. When it comes to carpets and rugs, you want to make sure to clean and disinfect them more often as bacteria, dirt, and other things can become trapped within the fibers.

To clean a soft surface such as a rug, carpet, or drapes, you want to first clean the surface with a mixture of soap and water. You can also use any special cleaning solutions you may have that are approved for the specific surface. Once the items have been cleaned, you want to launder them according to the label on them. You should use the hottest recommended setting on both the washer and the dryer for best results. NEVER pull the items out of the dryer before they are dry and allow them to go the full cycle.

Another method that can be used is to disinfect the items with any of the chemicals listed on List N. Once disinfected, vacuum the surface as normal.


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Electronics: Cleaning and Disinfecting Them

You may not have given much thought to it but your electronics such as your tablet, phone, keyboard, computer, and remote controls all harbor bacteria and we touch them constantly. Because of this, it is important to make sure that we clean and disinfect them.

To do so, you should always read the manufacturer’s guide to see if it talks about cleaning and disinfecting the item. If it does, always follow those instructions, if not, spray down the items with a 70 percent minimum alcohol solution and then wipe dry.

You should also use a wipeable cover on your electronics to help stop the spread of bacteria.

It is important for you to keep all surfaces clean and disinfected throughout your home to ensure you do not spread coronavirus. Check out Part III, which is the next part in this series to learn more about cleaning and disinfecting.

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