While most people clean their home on a regular basis, how many of us are actively disinfecting our homes? Every time someone goes in and out of the house, there is the possibility of bringing new germs into the home. By taking steps to disinfect high-traffic surfaces, we’re able to slow the spread of those germs and hopefully keep our families from getting sick.

Effective Disinfectants

The first thing to consider is what product should be used to disinfect your home. There are a variety of disinfecting products available for purchase and the CDC recommends using EPA-registered household disinfectants. The following disinfectants are used most commonly:  

  • Household Disinfectant Sprays: A variety of commercial disinfectant sprays are available and can be used to disinfect most solid surfaces.

  • Disinfecting Wipes: Many types of disinfecting wipes are also available. They’re useful for keeping the disinfectant exactly where you want it.

  • Bleach Solution: Combine 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water to create a disinfecting solution. Spray or wipe the solution on the surface to disinfect and let sit for at least one minute. 

  • Alcohol: The solution should be at least 70% alcohol. Alcohol pads are great for quickly disinfecting small items like your phone.

How to Disinfect

Every disinfecting product works a little differently, so it’s important to thoroughly read and follow the directions on the product you’re using to disinfect your home. Many products recommend leaving surfaces wet with the disinfectant for a specific period of time to ensure it works thoroughly. Be sure to follow these guidelines precisely.

When disinfecting the home, consider frequently touched surfaces first, as they are the most likely to be harboring germs. These surfaces include doorknobs, faucets, tables, countertops, light switches, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, remotes, toilets and sinks.

How Often to Disinfect

Ultimately, the frequency of disinfecting is up to you, but there are some general guidelines if you’re really trying to keep illnesses at bay. When the flu, common cold or other sicknesses are making the rounds in your community, disinfect commonly touched areas in the home daily to protect your family. At times when you’re less worried about illnesses, two to three times a week should be plenty.

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