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Disinfect these high-touch surfaces and items often

Post Date:04/01/2020 7:17 PM


It’s not just hands that need to be kept clean in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Make sure to clean and disinfect these items often:

-High-touch surfaces (non-electronic). These include household items such as tables, desks, chairs, doorknobs/door handles, light switches, sinks, toilets, eyeglasses and purses. Also, make sure to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces inside and outside your vehicle, such as car door handles and steering wheels.

For non-electronic items, the CDC recommends first cleaning with soap and water, and then using one of the following to disinfect:

-An EPA-registered household disinfectant

-An alcohol solution that includes at least 70 percent alcohol

-A diluted bleach solution (These can be made at home by mixing five tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water, or four teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.)

-Electronic high-touch surfaces. These include cell phones, tablets, keyboards and remote controls, as well as touchscreen devices inside vehicles.

For electronic devices, place a wipeable cover on the item when possible, and make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. If no instructions are available, the CDC recommends using wipes or sprays that contain at least 70 percent alcohol. Make sure to dry surfaces thoroughly.

-Soft surfaces. This includes rugs, drapes and carpets. If possible, place these items in the laundry. If that's not an option, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.

If you are handling laundry when someone in the household is sick, the CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves, and washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as the gloves are removed. Also, remember not to shake dirty laundry -- and don’t forget to clean and disinfect laundry baskets and hampers, as well.

Go here for more information on how to clean and disinfect high-touch items in order to stay safe and healthy!

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