Hey everyone!! I hope you and your family are staying positive and healthy during this challenging time. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc all around us, I’ve been doing a lot of research on properly cleaning/sanitizing my home so I thought I would share some of my research! Three quick pointers for disinfecting the correct way.
- Before disinfecting, it’s important to clean up any dirt or grime on the surface to get the most protection from your disinfectant. Follow the guidelines for the disinfectant you choose to eliminate the most germs.
- All disinfectants require a certain amount of time on surfaces to be the most effective. Some disinfectants take up to ten minutes to kill common germs and viruses. That means you should keep the surface wet with disinfectant for the duration of the recommended time. To keep surfaces wet long enough, you may have to reapply the disinfectant. This one was the most surprising to me because I usually spray a surface down, and immediately wipe it! Not good!
- Commonly touched surfaces such as cell phones, door handles, light switches and toilet flush handles should get extra attention. Since it’s uncertain how long a virus can survive on surfaces, disinfecting these areas frequently is recommended. Seriously though, our phones are disgusting and if we take anything away from this whole ordeal is that we all could do a better job of disinfecting the things we touch regularly that we may not even think about! And related to this: the underside of your purse/bag that we set on surfaces is another area that gets super gross and needs routine disinfecting!
I’ll continue sharing tips for keeping your family healthy and safe. We’re in this together, so please let us know if we can help you in any way. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.