Cleaning Routines to Keep Your Home Virus-Free.

Updated: May 27

The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; before eating or preparing food; and after using the bathroom. Stock up every sink in the house to make hand-washing easier and more sanitary with:

  • A bottle of liquid hand soap

  • Stacks of fresh hand towels and a hamper for dirty towels, or a roll of paper towels and a wastebasket

  • A container of sanitizing wipes for daily cleaning of faucets and counters

  • You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol when soap and water aren’t available


Start a "Just-Got-Home" Routine


Put your belongings down in one spot, paying attention to what you carried with you throughout the day — likely suspects include your phone, key ring and sunglasses. Wash your hands for 20 seconds, then wipe personal items with an EPA-registered disinfecting wipe and leave to dry. When cleaning electronics, keep liquids away from openings, never submerge devices, and be especially gentle with touchscreens.


*EPA-registered disinfectants (see the current list here) approved to fight the novel coronavirus are what you want to look for.


Know the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting


The important thing to remember is that cleaning should come first — if a surface is dirty, germs can be hiding below the dirt and grime, making disinfecting efforts less effective.

  • Cleaning removes dirt, grime and germs — this helps reduce the number of germs.

  • Disinfecting actually kills germs on surfaces using chemicals, which helps reduce the risk of spreading infection when done after cleaning.

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